Bernie's Revolution

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Bernie Sanders' two presidential campaigns revived and united disparate factions of the American left. While his campaigns failed to overcome elitist elements of the Democratic Party, his campaign leaves socialists, reformers and progressives with a roadmap for future change. This chronicle collects opinions, writings, and strategies that arouse from the socialist left during his four year adventure.
Amanda Liaw
September 2021
As community members and creative subjects ourselves, the activist-artist must help forge a shared dream for the future.
Zach Eldredge
May 2021
Biden's infrastructure plan is a fair start, but in no way broaches the scale of investment needed to seriously address the climate crisis.
Dan Singer
May 2021
From Bush-era "alt" rock to verbose left-wing magazines: a common path for the millennial Left.
Patrick Dalton
March 2021
Recent critiques levied at DSA peddle in an aesthetic-radicalism that risks distracting the working-class from organizing itself into a disciplined political force.
David Schwartzman
March 2021
Should the DSA carry-forward its electoral strategy through the Democratic Party? An ecosocialist response.
Brad C.
March 2021
The socialist electoral project is the most successful it has been because socialists are contesting power using the Democratic ballot line. Eschew symbolism, prioritize victory.
Michael B.
October 2020
An exploration of how political discourse can be used to build political coalitions, structure movements and chart a path to political change.
Bill Mosley
June 2020
The DSA is not endorsing Joe Biden. But members should do what they can to assist in his victory.
John G.
May 2020
How do we value the lessons learned from DSA's involvement in the Bernie Sanders campaign?
Gary zZz
May 2020
With the democratic primary effectively over, how did the left fail to rally decisively behind Bernie?
Bill Mosley
April 2020
The history of DSA's electoral and political strategy.
Eric S
March 2020
An eye-witness recounting of the energy surrounding Bernie Sanders' rally in Northern Virginia.
Gary zZz
March 2020
With Bernie on the edge of victory, how does the left think about its goals and objectives?
Kam W.
November 2019
Putting aside my not-insignificant disagreements with the other Democratic candidates, their electability compared to Trump is questionable.
Kurt Stand
October 2019
How do we continue to build support for Sanders, the movement, politics, and values his campaign has come to represent without attacking or alienating those who have come to a different decision?
Kaiser F.
September 2019
Throughout the 2019 Convention, there were many chances outside of debating resolutions and bylaws to connect with comrades across the organization, at hosted events and informal meetups.
Kam W.
August 2019
In the coming debates, Bernie must deepen and sustain Biden's diminished public perception. In fact, it should be expanded to emphasize that Biden will not fight for the multi-racial working class.
Woody Woodruff
May 2019
The job of political figures who take their roles seriously has always been educational – to bring their electorate along as they illustrate and demonstrate the pathways to better lives for individuals and the community.
A Discrete Socialist
April 2019
The Sanders campaign presents great risks. DSA refusing to engage with the campaign would result in isolation from the broader progressive community.
A Discrete Socialist
April 2019
We must use the Bernie campaign as another opportunity to build links between chapters and organizers.
A Discrete Socialist
April 2019
How can DC-area socialists build connections between the Bernie campaign and the labor movement?
A Discrete Socialist
April 2019
At 60,000 members, with infrastructure and serious organizing experience across the country, DSA is in a unique position to step into this political space, and channel this organizing energy behind an explicitly socialist program.
A Discrete Socialist
April 2019
The Sanders campaign revived DSA in 2016, and if we are prepared to seize the opportunity, it may again.
Maria Svart
April 2019
DSA's National Political Committee ratifies the 3-to-1 member vote to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders's candidacy for president.
Maria Svart
February 2019
A message from the National Director outlines what DSA's response(s) can be and the path currently planned if Sen Sanders announces another run for the presidency.
Kurt Stand
December 2018
Only by firmly linking democracy and civil liberties to concrete programs of social and economic justice can working-class unity be built.
Adam Stromme
December 2018
The divide between the liberal commentariat and the public's conception of the 2018 election shows the limitations of the Democratic Party.
Jules Bernstein
November 2018
The expanding number of DSA chapters around the country have an overwhelmingly local focus on hyper-specific issues.
Editorial Crew
November 2017
Prince George's DSA members met with allies from Our Revolution PG and Progressive Prince George's to begin forging a progressive agenda for the Maryland General Assembly session in January.
Joe Schwartz
August 2017
Joe Schwartz and Mike Hirsh, in a multipart colloquy, take on the longest-running dynamic in DSA: electoral work vs. movement building.
Margaret Flowers
July 2017
Polls have consistently shown that Democratic Party voters want single payer, but the Party keeps telling them they can't have it.
Dylan Shelton
July 2017
This new Labour party is a social democratic party that believes in something beyond the dreary inevitability of fear and despair proposed by Tories.
Editorial Crew
July 2017
A roundup of the 2017 People's Summit in Chicago.
Larry Stafford Jr.
June 2017
A plan for how to use extant political parties to the advantage of progressives.
Woody Woodruff
March 2017
The big problems that plague our society can only be solved with an effort that matches the size of their danger.
Kurt Stand
January 2017
Metro DC DSA's monthly Socialist Salon has sought to strike that middle ground by providing a pathway between gut responses and theoretical constructs.