I’m going to try and do more of this sort of thing in the future because I think American left bloggers need to support one another, even when we have political differences or are in different groups (or no group at all).
The British/Irish left blogging scene is much more developed than it is here in the US. Most days I check out Lenin’s Tomb, Socialist Unity, Liam Mac Uaid, Splintered Sunrise, David Osler, and one or two others.
Obviously there are some problems with left blogging in a period when the socialist and revolutionary movements remain fragmented and divided. The comments section can often degenerate into a sectarian swamp–this happens a lot at Socialist Unity and I witnessed it at first hand over at Advance the Struggle, when a promising discussion about anti-cuts organizing got derailed by one persistent ultra-left troll.
Nevertheless, I think Gathering Forces and Advance the Struggle both show that the left can use the blogosphere to establish a dynamic presence online, and we need more of this.
In that vein, here are a few of my favorite left blogs from the US, in no particular order:
My friend and comrade Baines Cannon always has insightful things to say at Cannon Fodder.
Another comrade has started what promises to be a very interesting project at Sex Under Capitalism.
Yet another new project is New Red Indian, which will cover events in South Asia from a left perspective.
Louis Proyect runs one of the few established and (relatively) high profile American left blogs at Unrepentant Marxist. I don’t much care for the comments section, but it’s worth a look.
If you like your blogging a bit more high-theory, I can recommend Socialism and/or Barbarism.
Finally, the student movement in California produced a slew of new blogs. Some of them espouse a nihilist/insurrectionist politics that’s not really my cup of tea. But Occupy California is an active site with good updates on the movement.
Please let me know if I’m missing anything from my blogroll.