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A collection of articles on the democratic process.
From Defund to Abolish: Moving Beyond the Police
An explanation for the emotions, language, and objectives of the sometimes-embattled term “Defund.”
Organizing Institutions for Racial Equity: A DIY Guide
To achieve racial equity, every institution, without exception, needs to change. Here's how you can do it.
Reflections from 2000: The Communists of Shaw
A slice of history covering DC's oft-forgotten far-left.
How Racism Hurts All of Us
Heather McGhee's new book reminds us that racial division is a vital component of capitalist exploitation.
Two Cheers for MMT
Max B. Sawicky
Modern monetary theory: what it is, where it comes from, who supports it, and how to separate the economic theory from political rhetoric.
Voting Expansion vs. Suppression: The War is On
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.
The Debate DSA Needs: Building A Left that Can Disrupt and Win
Democratic socialists should think about how we can leverage the structures and systems of the DSA to build capacity for deliberate, strategic disruption.
Reflections from 1987: Sanctuary vs. Imperialism
The battle for the humane treatment of Central American migrants has roots in the US-backed wars in the region from many years ago.
Having a "Cabal" with Oppositional Politics
Building a policy platform based on oppositional politics risks putting the working-class in bed with otherwise hostile interests.
What Is Socialism? A (very) brief answer
A terse attempt at defining the socialist project.
Democracy and Microgrids
Democratizing the energy grid is one way to limit fallout from climate change while bringing us closer to a socialist future.
Carry Me Back to New Virginny: From Jim Crow to Progressive Stronghold?
In 2021, Virginia is a much-changed state absorbed by a blue wave that foretells an opening for progressive politics from Virginia to Florida.
Reflections from 1985: Number 51
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.
Breaking Bad: Obsession with an Independent Workers’ Party Hurts the Socialist Electoral Project
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.
Insurrection at the Capitol: The Counterattack of White Privilege
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.
A World Which Could Be Free
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.
Election 2020: Be Ready for Anything
How might the 2020 election be stolen, and how will the opposition fight back?
Voter Suppression and the State of American Democracy
The danger of authoritarian rule is real. Only broad electoral unity can face down the forces of capital that stand behind Trump's megalomania.
Homeless disenfranchisement in the United States: State election barriers, analysis, and best practices
Robert Nordahl and Kristian Berhost
A research study on voter disenfranchisement among homeless populations - and how to correct it.
Improved Courts, Yes, But Improved Legislators As Well
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.
Trump Intends to Steal the Election. Here’s How to Stop Him
Donald Trump intends to steal the 2020 election. We can't let that happen.
I Took the Hillsdale "Survey" on Socialism
An amusing look at how a small right-wing college serves as academic cover for a classic push-poll about the dread menace socialism.
Enforcing the First Amendment
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.
It Didn’t Take Long: COVID-19 and the Right’s Assault on Democracy
Does the Left’s eagerness to remake the country in the face of the crisis make it the mirror image of the nationalist right?
Planting Seeds: to Defeat Trump, to Transform Society
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.
Organizing for Democracy and Social Justice in PG County
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.
Democracy, Block by Block: The ANC Elections Working Group
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.
Playing Indian: The Use and (Mostly) Misuse of Native American History and Imagery
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.
How an academic economist in Northern Virginia fueled the Koch Brothers’ plan to undo democracy
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.
How to get the Real Straight News in the Alternative Fact Era
Four tips for identifying honest info from salacious misinformation.
Michael Harrington's "The Vast Majority" -- Forty Years On
Louis F. Cooper
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.
Notes from the People's Summit
A roundup of the 2017 People's Summit in Chicago.
Can campaign finance reform be the cornerstone of a progressive movement?
Getting money out of politics doesn't change the structures and institutions within which politicians operate.
It's time for us to look at parties differently
Larry Stafford Jr.
A plan for how to use extant political parties to the advantage of progressives.
Our Future: Confronting the Past in the Present
James Baldwin was an astute cultural critic, observing the nature of how legacies of oppression fan out through all manner of life.
Book Review: "Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela"
Ciccariello-Maher's tome reviews how the communal state was built in Venezuela -- not only to expand democracy but to rebuff right-wing retrenchment.
A sometimes lyrical analysis of the future of work
Should socialists glorify labor? Or instead emphasize the possibility of a world without it?