Democratic Left

Bernie is Democrats’ Best Shot in 2020, Even if the DNC Refuses to See It

Bowing to Michael Bloomberg is a new low for the Democratic establishment,

There are very few Americans who are “socially liberal but fiscally conservative” (like Bloomberg).  This is a political creature that exists among the relatively well-off in the Boston through D.C. or Seattle through San Diego coastal beltways, and pretty much nowhere else besides (and many of these vote libertarian). Worse, Bloomberg is a particularly problematic example of this elusive species. 

Socialism Featured by One of the Most Mainstream of Media

I think this is a pretty good overview of the long and complicated history of the socialist movement in the United States, especially for those with little or no prior knowledge of that history. Watch it, see what you think, and do further research for more details.

They Are Sending Their Best People: Immigrants Helping to Make America Great

Mexico has sent the United States what can only be described as some of its best people; we are very fortunate indeed to have these families living here. The United States must bring these people out of the shadows and away from exploitation, offering them citizenship. They have certainly earned it; they have done so much to make America great!

Immigrants-rights protest in Detroit, 2019.

No to Chinese Authoritarianism, No to “Yellow Peril”

There’s so much socialists can do beside argue about the PRC. Looking beyond repressive regimes and their narratives, one can find countless popular local and transnational instances of struggle and dialogue that the left can and should help support.

This January 25 event at Verso, co-sponsored by DSA's International Committee, includes a range of China experts and would include the author, were he not in Hong Kong until February.

Preliminary  thoughts on reviving a U.S. antiwar movement

We haven’t had an antiwar movement in the U.S. for a long time. So, when Iranian General Qassem Suleimani was assassinated on orders from President Donald Trump on January 3rd, it immediately raised the prospect of a real shooting war between the U.S. and Iran. It also caught many of us flat-footed and scrambling to…

Abortion Onscreen: New Report Shows How Media Evades Real Abortion Stories

I hope that as we move forward as a movement, we can demand the centralization of these issues from our chapters and candidates. There is too much on the line not to. At the same time, I hope we can demand a media landscape that is honest and realistic – if we can achieve that, we will be better able to change hearts and minds and win people over. Our vigilance on this issue matters more than ever, given the relentless necklace of state abortion restrictions and the recent request from many GOP Senators and House members to the Supreme Court asking them to revisit Roe v. Wade. 

Book Review: Supporting the Troops Who Work Against War

The Vietnam era saw the biggest and most effective resistance among soldiers and sailors of any U.S. war before or since. It was big enough to grind the war machine to a halt – after the Vietnamese national liberation forces had proved they couldn’t be beaten.

But it wasn’t just that war, and it has been both active duty people and veterans. Today Veterans for Peace (VFP), which emerged from the Vietnam-era resistance, incorporates and supports Iraq and Afghanistan soldiers and veterans. Their stories are part of Waging Peace, too.


French Unions Take to the Streets

During our two-month visit to Paris to see friends and family, Judith Rubenstein and I have been watching the very big general strike about pensions. The Macron-government proposes to “reform” the current mixture of 42 different pension plans into a single plan. Because the reforms would increase retirement ages, reduce actual payouts for soon-to-retire workers,…