For 2022, the Democrats Don't Have an Alternative to Embracing Left Populist Energy
by Wallace Hettle
The political field is tilted against the Democrats for the midterms and 2024; will the party embrace the energy of progressives and mobilize its voters the way that conservatives are successfully doing on the other side?
SOURCE: Public Books
"No There There": Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on the Future of the Left
"I’m sitting in the car, barreling down the highway, asking myself, 'What happened in my life that has put me in this position where I have to like listen to this &%$*@ nonsense?' I needed to leave. But like most people, I needed the health insurance."
SOURCE: Common Dreams
The U.S. Government Should Promote the General Welfare
by Lawrence Wittner
The preamble of the Constitution states that the federal government was established "to promote the general welfare." The Democratic Party, for its own good and that of the nation, must aggressively seize that mantle now.
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
I Danced in the Streets after Allende’s Victory in Chile 50 Years Ago. Now I See its Lessons for Today
by Ariel Dorfman
The Chilean author Ariel Dorfman warns that while his country elected a democratic socialist in a landmark election, it was unprepared to deal with violent and ruthless efforts to maintain the status quo. Joe Biden is no socialist, but if he wins, his administration and Americans at large must be similarly prepared.
SOURCE: The New Republic
Socialism Is as American as Apple Pie
by Bruce Bartlett
The ideology that Republicans love to hate is woven through the fabric of the country.
SOURCE: The American Prospect
When Henry Wallace Warned of ‘American Fascism’
John Nichols's new book argues that Franklin Roosevelt's decision to cut loose Vice President Henry Wallace crippled egalitarian politics in the Democratic Party with lasting consequences.
SOURCE: The New Yorker
How Do We Change America?
by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
The quest to transform this country cannot be limited to challenging its brutal police if the roots of oppression and inequality that constitute what many activists refer to as “racial capitalism” are left in place.
SOURCE: The Correspondent
The Neoliberal Era is Ending. What Comes Next?
by Rutger Bregman
From higher taxes for the wealthy to more robust government, the time has come for ideas that seemed impossible just months ago.
The Unfulfilled Potential of Progressive Democracy after World War II
by Isser Woloch
After the military defeat of Nazism, the governments of Britain, France and the United States made uneven and incomplete progress to remake their societies along more egalitarian lines, but their efforts should be seen as part of an international trend.
SOURCE: New York Times
These Young Socialists Think They Have Courage. They Don’t.
by Mitchell Abidor
If Mr. Trump is re-elected, many DSA members could spend the next four years suffering little more than the pangs of political outrage. But millions of less fortunate people would suffer real consequences.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Democrats’ Covid-19 Relief Plan Shows Charges of Socialism have Lost their Bite
by Merlin Chowkwanyun
McCarthyism's residual effects are on display any time an ambitious domestic policy proposal is denounced as “socialist.”
Bernie Offered Us the Future. Why did He Fail—and What did We Forfeit?
by Moshik Temkin
Because his support is so concentrated among the young, and because the problems he vowed to fight will only get worse whether Trump or Biden wins, this movement is only likely to grow, and its next leaders might eventually succeed where he failed.
SOURCE: New York Times
Did America Misjudge Bernie Sanders? Or Did He Misjudge America?
by Robert Draper
Throughout his insurgent campaign, he remained steadfast in his radical vision—and forced a reckoning for the Democratic Party.
SOURCE: New York Daily News
Democratic Socialism All Around: What Bernie Sanders’s New York Can Teach Us about America’s Future
by Joshua Freeman
Mid-20th-century New York had serious flaws, including poverty, economic inequality (though not as bad as today), and racial and gender discrimination. But it stands as an example of what can be done when the power of government is combined with a capacious vision of human rights, equality, and democracy.
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