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Op-Ed: Open Letter Regarding Palestine and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – Democratic Socialists of America

Editor’s Note: Recently Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was drawn into a public discussion of Israel, Palestine, and occupation. In response, numerous DSA debates have emerged regarding DSA’s position on such matters. The following is one position, and here is another.  Open Letter Concerning Ocasio-Cortez and Palestine To Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the DSA National Electoral Committee, and DSA’s New York City chapter,…

Op-Ed: Palestine is not an Excuse for Bad Strategy – Democratic Socialists of America

Editor’s Note: Recently Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was drawn into a public discussion of Israel, Palestine, and occupation. In response, numerous DSA debates have emerged regarding DSA’s position on such matters. The following is one position, and here is another.  Palestine is not an Excuse for Bad Strategy by Charles Lenchner A popular taxonomy identifies four kinds of activists. At…

Op-Ed: Charlottesville DSA’s Call for Action Against White Supremacy on August 11-12 – Democratic Socialists of America

Last year, Charlottesville became an international “symbol” of far-right extremism. Residents of our city suffered ongoing harassment, violence, and racism over the course of the summer, culminating in the deadly rallies on August 11 at the University of Virginia and August 12 in downtown Charlottesville. Organized by local fascists, white supremacists near and far gathered…

Putting the People in Charge: Socialists in Office – Democratic Socialists of America

  By C.M. Lewis Democratic Socialists of America has expended extraordinary energy debating a proper approach to electoral politics. With some exceptions, the primary positions fall into two categories: Seth Ackerman’s plan for the ballot line, and building a mass, independent working class party (in full disclosure, I favor Ackerman’s approach with some small reservations).…

OP-ED: The Tyranny of the Workday – Democratic Socialists of America

  By Thomas McGath While DSA Weekly has lately been debating the significance of “the gig economy,” some of us are trying to find other ways to work without losing our lives. Our lives are made of time. I decided to look at the nature of work in the neoliberal world and explore its material…

OP-ED: Renovating Labor’s House – Democratic Socialists of America

Renovating the House of LaborBy C.M. Lewis How we define the labor movement, how we interact with it, and what we want from it are questions to which we desperately need answers. Recent work on "the gig economy"  offers a start to a discussion that needs to be had openly, involving both organized and unorganized…

OP-ED: Vote NO on Nixon/Williams – Democratic Socialists of America

  Members of NYC-DSA are voting on whether to endorse Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams’ run for governor and lieutenant governor, respectively. While we respect our comrades who support endorsement, we nevertheless encourage our fellow members to vote “no” on an endorsement and sign on to this letter. Members of NYC-DSA are voting on whether to…

Ten These On Nixon and Socialism – Democratic Socialists of America

  By Charles Lenchner With Cynthia Nixon’s campaign and DSA’s consideration of endorsing her, the points below are meant to contextualize her fight for governor in the broader battle for socialism.     1.“Democratic Socialism” is a long standing current on the left that has many adherents. Some strong, some weak. Some new, some old.…

OP-ED: On EthnoNationalism – Democratic Socialists of America

  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…