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A collection of articles on the democratic process.
Bill Mosley
November 2021
The residual racism embedded in many place names around the country could well include the name Arlington
Editorial Crew
November 2021
The Governor's race in Virginia is too close to call — socialists should consider voting strategically
Bill Mosley
October 2021
Taliban rule and the Texas far right’s legislative wish list of banning abortion and suppressing voting rights invite comparisons.
Bill Mosley
August 2021
When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it’s a wonder I can think at all.
Taylor Elddred
August 2021
...and what his victory means for the socialists of Portsmouth.
Michael Marmol
June 2021
An explanation for the emotions, language, and objectives of the sometimes-embattled term “Defund.”
Alda Yuan
June 2021
To achieve racial equity, every institution, without exception, needs to change. Here's how you can do it.
Pleasant Mann
May 2021
A slice of history covering DC's oft-forgotten far-left.
Bill Mosley
May 2021
Heather McGhee's new book reminds us that racial division is a vital component of capitalist exploitation.
Max B. Sawicky
April 2021
Modern monetary theory: what it is, where it comes from, who supports it, and how to separate the economic theory from political rhetoric.
Larry M.
April 2021
Democratic socialists should think about how we can leverage the structures and systems of the DSA to build capacity for deliberate, strategic disruption.
Todd LeFurge
April 2021
The battle for the humane treatment of Central American migrants has roots in the US-backed wars in the region from many years ago.
Bill Mosley
April 2021
The political war between voting rights and voter suppression has reached a new intensity. For the Left, the battle is about the future of progressive politics; for the Right, it’s about survival.
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.
Daniel Adkins
March 2021
Democratizing the energy grid is one way to limit fallout from climate change while bringing us closer to a socialist future.
Bill Mosley
March 2021
In 2021, Virginia is a much-changed state absorbed by a blue wave that foretells an opening for progressive politics from Virginia to Florida.
Kam W.
March 2021
Building a policy platform based on oppositional politics risks putting the working-class in bed with otherwise hostile interests.
Rich Bruning
March 2021
DC statehood is back on the nation’s agenda. With Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, only a likely Senate filibuster stands in the way of adding a 51st star to the US flag.
Justin Evans
March 2021
A terse attempt at defining the socialist project.
Bill Mosley
February 2021
Trump's regime ended with an insurrection at the Capitol. The attack failed, but revealed the wells of hatred that infect much of the White working-class.
Dan Singer
January 2021
The anti-capitalist theories provided by the late-philosopher Mark Fisher can help us make sense of the tragedies inflicted by the coronavirus - and build a new class politics in its wake.
Kurt Stand
November 2020
The danger of authoritarian rule is real. Only broad electoral unity can face down the forces of capital that stand behind Trump's megalomania.
Bill Mosley
November 2020
How might the 2020 election be stolen, and how will the opposition fight back?
Robert Nordahl and Kristian Berhost
November 2020
A research study on voter disenfranchisement among homeless populations - and how to correct it.
Woody Woodruff
October 2020
Losing the ideological balance of the Supreme Court means sloppy legislation can no longer be saved from friendly justices. We will need smarter legislators and tighter legislation to reduce the risk of judicial interception.
Bill Mosley
September 2020
An amusing look at how a small right-wing college serves as academic cover for a classic push-poll about the dread menace socialism.
Bill Mosley
September 2020
Donald Trump intends to steal the 2020 election. We can't let that happen.
Daniel Adkins
July 2020
The National Guard and police have illegally assaulted protesters in Lafayette Square (D.C.) by violating the First Amendment of the Constitution, which allows peaceful demonstrations. The demo did not violate curfew and the attack was without warning.
Bill Mosley
May 2020
Does the Left’s eagerness to remake the country in the face of the crisis make it the mirror image of the nationalist right?
Kurt Stand
January 2020
The majority of the country is opposed to Trumpism, but this opposition is much more heterogeneous than the right-wing alliance. This poses big challenges to a Left that wants to build broad unity in defeating the Trump and the GOP in the 2020 elections.
Kurt Stand
January 2019
In Prince George’s County, a far too comfortable Democratic Party apparatus shuts out dissident voices and relies on low voter turnout to maintain power.
Zach Eldredge
July 2018
Some of [what happens in ANCs] is minutiae that you may not be interested in, but it is the real nuts-and-bolts of self-governance at work.
Bill Mosley
March 2018
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, which recently opened an exhibition on how Native imagery and history have been used and abused for entertainment, profit-making, and painting a pretty face on the policy of Manifest Destiny.
Woody Woodruff
January 2018
Historian Nancy MacLean brings to the AFL-CIO book talk her account of the way the Koch Bros. anti-democratic project got its intellectual underpinning.
Cecilio Morales
July 2017
Four tips for identifying honest info from salacious misinformation.
Louis F. Cooper
July 2017
Harrington's book is notable for its candor: it admitted the complexities of the problems, their resistance to easy solutions, and insisted nonetheless that steps toward a more just global order were both possible and morally necessary.
Editorial Crew
July 2017
A roundup of the 2017 People's Summit in Chicago.
Dylan Shelton
June 2017
Getting money out of politics doesn't change the structures and institutions within which politicians operate.
Larry Stafford Jr.
June 2017
A plan for how to use extant political parties to the advantage of progressives.
Kurt Stand
March 2017
James Baldwin was an astute cultural critic, observing the nature of how legacies of oppression fan out through all manner of life.
Austin Kendall
January 2017
Ciccariello-Maher's tome reviews how the communal state was built in Venezuela -- not only to expand democracy but to rebuff right-wing retrenchment.
Woody Woodruff
January 2017
Should socialists glorify labor? Or instead emphasize the possibility of a world without it?