Democratic Left

Convention Highlights through the Decades

In a few short days, delegates from around the country will gather in Atlanta, Georgia, for the biennial DSA convention. This year’s convention promises to be historic; over 1000 delegates from across the country will gather to conduct the largest meeting of socialists in DSA’s history. In anticipation, we revisited decades of coverage of DSA’s…

Mr. Robert’s Rules Can Make or Break Your Meeting

Christine Riddiough talks with Maxine Phillips ahead of DSA’s 2019 Convention For years, NPC member Christine Riddiough has been one of the parliamentarians at DSA conventions, joined by other DSAers who have had such experience in their unions or other organizations. This year, the DSA convention will have a professional parliamentarian. Many DSA chapters use…

Reading the Resolutions: Two Perspectives

Editor’s Note: In a couple of weeks, delegates from across the country will gather in Atlanta, Georgia, for the biennial DSA convention. Proposed resolutions and constitutional bylaws as well as the list of candidates for the National Political Committee can be found here. We present here two longread analyses of the resolutions, with the understanding…

Review: Imperialism in Disguise

by Ronn Pineo Review of How to Hide an Empire:  A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr Have you been thinking that you should read a serious history book this summer, but the books that you purchased with the best of intentions now lie abandoned, joined by the others gathering dust on…

Drones over Djibouti

With 34 military bases, the U.S. is scrambling for influence in Africa A shorter version of this article appears in the print version of Democratic Left. -Eds. On August 7, 1998, simultaneous explosions at the American embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam claimed the lives of 212 Kenyan and Tanzanian citizens; 12 Americans, mostly embassy staff,…

Closing Military Bases, Opening a New World

Why does the United States maintain troops in at least 175 countries? In a day and age when many of us are taught to overcome prejudice and behave respectfully toward all, mainstream U.S. media and school texts still habitually portray U.S. lives as the only lives that really matter. A plane crash that kills dozens…

Huge NY State Tenants Rights Victory: How It Happened

The rent reform legislation that passed the NY State Assembly and Senate June 14 was a major victory for millions of tenants across the state, especially in New York City. It was also a super-sweet organizing success for DSA and its allies, who formed the core of the Upstate-Downstate Housing Alliance that made it happen.…

Book Recommendations from DSA’s International Committee

We asked the members of DSA’s International Committee to provide a short write-up on the books that had the most impact on them or most changed their way of thinking regarding foreign policy or international affairs. Their recommendations and thoughts are below. -Eds.  Ethan Earle on An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire by Arundhati Roy…

Adolescent Dreams, Adult Nightmares

Rosa del Duca’s Memoir Traces a Path Through and Out of the Military “He was one of the hottest guys I’d ever seen—walking into our American Government class with catlike precision, his shoulders filling out his pressed uniform.”  That sentence could have been  taken from a romance novel, the kind with lots of sex scenes.…

To Fight Imperialism, Organize Soldiers and Veterans

Perhaps the unspoken central question of this issue of Democratic Left is: “How can we as socialists do effective work against war and imperialism?” By organizing those who are the victims of America’s Poverty Draft, Jonathan Wesley Hutto tells us below. In this open letter, Hutto mobilizes his own autobiography and the tradition that has…