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Socialists and the 2020 Election

Solidarity By Linda Thompson and Steve Bloom January/February 2020 issue PROSPECTS FOR SOCIALISM are off in the future. The 2020 presidential election is here and now, and confronts us with a right-wing menace unlike any that has been faced before. When asked what our goals are in the 2020 elections the majority of left activists in the USA will say: “to defeat Donald Trump.” Many are even more specific: “We are Bernie or Bust.” If we are honest with ourselves, however, we must acknowledge that many of these will also end up urging people to vote for the eventual Democratic…

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Ralph Nader: Democrats have no excuse for dealing with Trump

Truthdig By Ralph Nader December 23, 2019 While attention was focused on the House of Representatives’ impeachment of Donald J. Trump, legislators from both parties were secretly huddling with White House aides to seal a $1.4 trillion budget deal to fund the government until next September. They were rushing to do this to avoid a partial government shutdown starting December 21, 2019. Had the budget been deliberated in open Congressional hearings, the media would have reported on this backroom deal and the people of this country would have had a chance to weigh in during the proceedings. Instead, a degraded…


Democrats should abandon the third-party “spoiler” argument

History and polling data show third-party candidates have rarely spoiled presidential elections for Democrats. Truthout By Matthew M. Heidtmann November 9, 2019 With the 2020 presidential primaries in full swing, a common narrative in U.S. politics has resurfaced. Recently, former Secretary of State and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton suggested on the podcast “Campaign HQ” that current Democratic candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is part of Russian efforts to influence the 2020 presidential election. While Clinton did not directly mention Gabbard by name, she insinuated that the congresswoman is “the favorite of the Russians,” and that Russian operatives are…


The New Congress Needs to Create a Green Planet at Peace

Common Dreams By Medea Benjamin, Alice Slater January 8, 2019 The time has come for a New Peace Deal that repudiates endless war and the threat of nuclear war which, along with catastrophic climate change, poses an existential threat to our planet A deafening chorus of negative grumbling from the left, right, and center of the US political spectrum in response to Trump’s decision to remove US troops from Syria and halve their numbers in Afghanistan appears to have slowed down his attempt to bring our forces home. However, in this new year, demilitarizing US foreign policy should be among…


Red-Green Alliance?

Medium Keith Brumley July 2, 2018 In November of 2016, like many others, I joined the Democratic Socialists of America  in response to the election of Donald Trump. I was at the first organizing meeting of the Milwaukee, WI chapter. I am an active member of the chapter and have found a “home” politically with DSA. Admittedly, I had a shallow grasp on what democratic socialism is when I first joined. However, I’ve read deeply (and continue to do so) and am now more conversant. Also, we have great “educationals” at chapter meetings which help new socialists understand democratic socialism…