Democratic Left

OP-ED: Reconnecting “Reform” and “Revolution:” Socialists in the Mist

Rosa Luxemburg makes clear that the two concepts “Reform” and “Revolution” are joined at the hip, something all wings of the socialist left tend to forget.

 

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OP-ED: On Ethno-Nationalism

 

Cartoon showing Wilson and Europe after WWII

By Evan Heitkamp Boucher

The anti-colonial nationalist movements of the late 19th and early 20th century have largely formed the Western-accepted social process of assessing self-governing and the rules that oppressed groups must abide to articulate their goal of sovereign legitimacy to this day. Albeit highly divorced from its original liberatory intent, the ethno-nationalist model can be very crudely summarized as “distinct nationalities deserve distinct rule.” American political activists, organizers, and analysts largely have not moved far beyond this understanding of political identity and political legitimacy.

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Editorial: A Socialist Case for Medicare for All

By R.L. Stephens, DSA National Political Committee & Editor-In-Chief of DSA Weekly

Last month, Seattle writer and organizer Sophia Burns put forward an article titled “The Socialist Case Against Medicare for All.”  

The central claim of the article is that a campaign for a Medicare for All reform “is flawed to the point that socialists shouldn’t take part in it.”

I disagree with this thesis, as a matter of general principle.

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NPC Statement: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, The Political Revolution Continues!

Statement by the Democratic Socialists of America National Political Committee
June 27, 2018

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just made history.

Julia Cumming interviewing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democratic Candidate for Congress (NY-14), at her "Anger Can Be Power" event at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, a part of BUST Magazine's "School for Creative Living", December 10th, 2017.

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OP-ED: The Gig Ideology

By Chris Maisano

You don’t have to be socialist to know that it’s tough going for workers today. For the last forty years, workers in the U.S. and around the world have taken a beating. Wages are stagnant at best, unions are on the decline, and “lean production” methods have dramatically intensified the labor process. Considering the situation, the only thing surprising about the modest uptick in class struggle in this country is how long it took to come to fruition.

It’s clear that the structure of the economy and the working class itself has changed dramatically. What’s less clear is whether we on the left have an accurate understanding of what’s driving these developments, and therefore what should be done to combat them. Unfortunately, left and mainstream commentators alike regularly overstate the trends toward ephemerality in today’s economy, and fixate on the most marginal labor market experiences at the expense of the main story. Nowhere is this clearer than in the case of the so-called “gig economy.”

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Op-Ed: On the Rio Grande, Interconnected Struggle

Borders are not natural, and the right to them is a legal fiction used to secure narrow interests.

Note the wall segments and devegetation. 

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The Spark that Lights the Fire: Tenants' Rights Victory, DSA San Francisco Style

JUNE 5, 2018: The Democratic Socialists of America, San Francisco Chapter is proud to announce that San Francisco has passed the first ballot measure in the nation to establish a universal right to counsel to any tenant facing eviction.

Proposition F, backed by DSA SF, passed in the June 5, 2018 election 56% to 44%. Facing down corporate landlord associations, realtors, and the S.F. GOP, the new, young branch of DSA powered the bold measure with mass mobilizations and volunteerism. The proponent, staff, volunteer core, and primary funders of the Yes on F campaign are all DSA members, and the chapter made winning right to counsel its major priority.

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OP-ED: DSA, Economy, and Election: A ‘Right to Jobs’ in the Air?

CIO poster 1944. (Wikimedia Commons).

Both the free healthcare policy and the free education policy would lead to an immediate reduction of inequality in the United States. It would mean vastly more people possessing both good health and a good education. Therefore, these are very clear and popular programs.

DSA could also push for an even stronger third point: a guaranteed right to jobs for all workers at a living wage.

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July 2018 NPC Live Stream

July 21, 2018

July 21-22 is the fourth meeting of the current National Political Committee, taking place in New York, NY. DSA members can watch a livestream of the meeting, which will be put online in real time.

The Saturday session will be livestreamed beginning at 9AM ET/8AM CT/7AM MT/6AM PT and ending at 6PM ET/5PM CT/4 PM MT/3PM PT. The Sunday session will be livestreamed beginning at 9AM ET/8AM CT/7AM MT/6AM PT and ending at 2PM ET/1PM ET/12PM MT/11AM PT.

This stream will be limited to DSA members. To check that every person interested in watching is up-to-date with their dues, we ask that you RSVP for access to the livestream.

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New Member Call, July 22

July 22, 2018

July 22, 2018

9pm ET/8 CT/7 MT/6 PT

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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.

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Talking About Socialism: Create Your Own Rap

July 25, 2018

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9pm ET/8pm CT/7pm MT/6pm PST

This workshop is for those who have already had an introduction to democratic socialism, whether from DSA’s webinar or from other sources. Prepare for conversations about socialism that happen when you table or canvass. Join Steve Max, a founder of the legendary community organizing school, the Midwest Academy, to practice talking about socialism in plain language. Create your own short rap. Use your personal experience and story to explain democratic socialism. 

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New Member Call, August 12

August 12, 2018

August 12, 2018

7:30pm ET/6:30 CT/5:30 MT/4:30 PT

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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.

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