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A collection of articles on the democratic process.
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.
As Fascism Intensifies, Socialists Must Consider Security
The growing threat of fascism will require deeper attention paid to administrative security.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?