Democratic Left

Closing the Exit for Capital

by Devaka Gunawardena

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Since the financial crisis of 2008, capitalism has faced greater scrutiny. There’s growing consensus, even among mainstream economists, that neoclassical models that ignore the inherent irrationality of the financial system are flawed. In addition, austerity has directly undermined most people’s livelihoods, while making the rich even richer. There is much more space after the financial crisis of 2008 to critique financial speculation and the drastic reduction in public spending. Still, it remains unclear how to work toward socialism. Rhetoric opposing austerity doesn’t necessarily imply overcoming capitalism.

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DSAers Support AT&T Mobility

By Meghan Brophy

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On Friday May 19, more than 40,000 AT&T Mobility workers in 36 states kicked off a three-day strike, and on each day of that strike, more than 200 DSAers were at 60 picket lines throughout the country.

This was not only one of the largest strikes of retail workers in U.S. history but the first strike at AT&T Mobility and the first large-scale strike in the wireless industry. Whether they work in retail, call centers, or as technicians, AT&T Mobility workers are represented by the Communication Workers of America (CWA).

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The Pullman National Monument and Public Memory

By Susan Hirsch

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Pullman strikers outside Arcade Building

In 2015, President Barack Obama designated Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood, a former model manufacturing town, as the Pullman National Monument. Labor leaders, historians, community members and socialists had long advocated this step. The model town was the site of one of the most pivotal strikes in American history, the experience that made Eugene Debs (Nov. 5, 1855-Oct. 20, 1926) a socialist. As the monument’s exhibits and programming are developed, however, will visitors find this history featured prominently?

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Dolores – A Film Review

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by Duane Campbell

There is an important new film out – Dolores, the story of former DSA Honorary Chair Dolores Huerta and her fight for justice. (All DSA honorary chairs were eliminated by the 2017 DSA convention.) She is the woman holding the Huelga sign on the DSA landing page. If you want to be inspired by her struggle for social justice, go see the film. 

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Drain the Swamp: Defeat the Trump Tax Cuts

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Statement of the DSA National Political Committee

Oct. 5,  2017

President Trump came to office allegedly aiming to “drain the swamp” of privileged “special interests.” But his regressive massive tax cut proposal provides further evidence that the Trump administration serves the interests of the oligarchs.  

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Indigenous Peoples' Day and Environmental Justice

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WE Recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day

Indigenous peoples are among the first to face the direct consequences of climate change:

  • In the Amazon, deforestation for industrial agriculture causes droughts and fires.
  • Rising temperatures in South Dakota mean more disease-spreading mosquitoes — and heat waves that endanger Native elders and children.
  • In Alaska, entire Inuit and Yu’pik villages are sliding into the sea. The Native people there aren’t just losing their homes. They face the loss of their entire language and cultural identity.
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Every Day Is Labor Day for DSA

 

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Twin Cities DSA
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By Dan DiMaggio

We have two Labor Days in the United States: one in September (first celebrated in 1882) and one in May (commemorating the Haymarket Massacre of 1886). For members of DSA chapters throughout the country, support for labor goes on all year round. Here’s a round-up of recent local activity. 

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DSA Endorses Medicare for All Act of 2017

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Statement of the DSA National Political Committee, September 15 2017

Bernie Sanders — a democratic socialist and long-time universal health care advocate — filed the Medicare for All Act of 2017. DSA enthusiastically endorses this landmark bill, and will fight tirelessly for its passage.

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DSA New Member Orientation Call

November 05, 2017
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You've joined DSA - Great. Now register for this New Member Orientation call and find out more about our politics and our vision.  And, most importantly, how you can become involved.  8 PM ET; 7 PM CT; 6 PM MT; 5 PM PT. 1.5 hours.