Democratic Left

Why I’ve Started to Fear My Fellow Social Justice Activists

We are alienating each other with unrestrained callouts and unchecked self-righteousness. Here’s how that can stop.

Frances   Lee

Callout culture. The quest for purity. Privilege theory taken to extremes. I’ve observed some of these questionable patterns in my activist communities over the past several years.

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The "Sharing" Economy is Made of Despair

A "shared" economy would provide for all.

By Sammy Kayes

Rather than supplementing financial insecurity in our downtime, we could choose shared ownership of the economy. But what exactly is meant by a "shared" economy? And is it really our choice?

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DSA Convention Adopts National Political Priorities


By Joseph M. Schwartz

At the Democratic Socialists of America’s bi-annual convention in August, some 800 delegates representing more than 100 active chapters set three national priorities: the fight for Medicare for All (M4A); the revival of a strong labor presence both within and without DSA; and the election of open socialists to office. In the run-up to the crucial 2018 congressional and state legislative elections, DSA hopes to challenge the Democratic Party’s failure to offer a coherent economic justice program as alternative to the reactionary Trump regime. 

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Let’s Seize the Moment

Let’s Seize the Moment

By Maria Svart


I’m sitting on a panel on Medicare for All (M4A) at the Women’s Convention in Detroit in October. And I’m realizing again how critical DSA’s work is in this moment. There are 4,000 women at this conference. Probably a few hundred of them identify as socialists.


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How to Sustain the Resistance to Trump and Win

How to Sustain the Resistance to Trump and Win

Paul Engler, Sophie Lasoff

The Resistance Movement against Trump has been powerful —  but how do we keep it going?

We are in the midst of one of the largest social movements of our time, with record numbers engaged after decades of demobilization. The Women’s March was the largest single day of protest in American history, with about four million people participating.

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A Woman to Reckon With: The Vision and Legacy of Frances Perkins

By Harlan Baker

 Frances Perkins

“At the time she was a socialist she couldn’t vote,” says Chris Cash about Frances Perkins. “It was no secret she was a democratic socialist. It was her camp.”

Cash does educational outreach at the Frances Perkins Center, which is tucked away in a small alley off the main street in the picturesque town of Damariscotta, Maine. Although the center doesn’t highlight Perkins’s socialist sympathies, it aims to educate the public on her legacy, which was inspired by her socialist sympathies.

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Gun Violence is a Global Commodity

By Lion Summerbell

In October, the Trump administration was expected to announce the loosening of regulatory restrictions on the sale of small arms. In practice, this would mean Commerce taking over licensing of small arms sales from the State Department. Under the Obama Administration’s Export Control Reform, the Commerce Department was meant to assume sole supervision of defense exports. Small arms would have gone over to them in 2013, but then Sandy Hook happened, and White House scuttled its plans in the face of a potential public backlash.

By November, no announcement had yet been made. Stephen Paddock murdering 59 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on October 1 may or may not have had something to do with that. If so, this will be the second time that the only thing stopping a new wave of small arms proliferation turns out to be a lethal abundance of small arms. 

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Labor Lessons from Scandinavia

By George Lakey

A century ago, the Nordic countries were in such bad shape that masses of their people emigrated to the United States and Canada. Scandinavians had extreme inequality, major poverty, and faux democracies run by their economic elites.

Today, they are at the top of the international charts, playing tag with each other for “firsts” in individual freedom, income equality, shared abundance, and real democracy. Fierce class struggle made the difference. In the 1920s and 1930s, Swedes and Norwegians pushed their 1 percent out of dominance to invent what economists call “the Nordic model.”

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