Can the further Left (Occupiers, anarchists, and Socialists) work, in some fashion, with the nearer Left (progressive Democrats, Labor, and groups like MoveOn.org)? Can the Occupy Movement work with allies without feeling co-opted?
Apparently not. As reported here, leftist commentators such as Christopher Hedges and Glenn Greenwald are adamant that the Democratic Party, unions, and groups like MoveOn.org are too corrupted to be reliable allies. Occupy GAs are protective of their independence. In Occupy the Democratic Party? No way!, Socialist politician and author Dan La Botz says: "The Democratic Party exists to bind working people, the poor, and small business to the program of corporations and banks." I think he overstates the case, ignoring the extent to which FDR, LBJ, and even Bill Clinton (on some issues) embraced progressive ideas and policies.