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Donald Trump's presidency represented a unique threat to American democracy. The four-year battle against his regime is charted in this collection.
Did the midterms save democracy?
Pundits took the Democrats' strength in the midterms as a referendum on Republican extremism and support for moderation. But the results really show that voters want more from Democrats, not less.
Dispatch from Loudoun County: Democrats’ Virginia Problem
Max B. Sawicky
The Virginia Republican Party has fully embraced the far-right culture wars.
White Supremacy and Guns: The Unbroken Link
Whatever demons drive Americans to kill massive numbers of innocent citizens, they’d be stymied without easy access to lethal weaponry.
Rat vs Mouse: The Scrambled Politics of the Florida-Disney Feud
In the battle between the “corporate Mouse” and the political rats in Tallahassee and elsewhere, the Left has no natural allies.
Peekskill, 1949: What Was Lost, What Remained, What It Means Today
A look back at the late 1940s and its lost opportunities ought to give socialists pause as we consider the left's situation today.
The Second Insurrection is Coming — Are We Ready?
Through voter suppression tactics and and locally focused organizing schemes, Republicans are setting up conditions to favorably contest the next presidential election.
Richard Trumka and the Search for Political Independence
Famed union leader Richard Trumka died suddenly last month at age 72. Socialists should remember his legacy to ensure labor's revival.
My Socialist Kick-start
From Bush-era "alt" rock to verbose left-wing magazines: a common path for the millennial Left.
500,000: COVID-19 by the numbers
Trump is gone, but the pandemic nightmare his administration failed to acknowledge remains.
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.
300,000: COVID-19 by the numbers
In mid-December the United States passed a grim milestone: 300,000 lives lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. How do we even begin to process how many have died?
DMV socialists demand relief for the working class
DMV socialists took to the streets of Washington in order to highlight the dire need for bold federal action to address the ongoing suffering of the working-class.
Action and Reaction: The Newtonian Election
It was a mixed-messages kind of election - Trump was defeated but not fully repudiated. How should we make sense of where we are now?
The State of Stealing the Election
Trump’s two-pronged strategy—litigation and political pressure—to remain in the White House is sputtering on all cylinders, but unlikely to succeed.
Hope in the Heart of Empire
Making sense of DC's local political campaigns, which are continuing on in the shadow of what is shaping up to be a tumultuous general election.
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.
Trump’s Attacks Show Why DC Needs Statehood
The treatment of the District during both the COVID-19 crisis and the Black Lives Matter protests provides yet another argument why the District needs self-government.
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?
Navigating the Left-wing Rift
With the democratic primary effectively over, how did the left fail to rally decisively behind Bernie?
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.
“Warmth of Other Suns” Exhibit Looks at Displacement from Many Angles
People moving to improve their lot in life has been a constant and sometimes this movement takes place across the arbitrary lines known as borders.
Trump sowed the racial hatred that divided the Red Sox and America
The country can live without athletes hobnobbing in the Rose Garden. What will be harder, though, is repairing the damage that Trump’s toxic racism unleashed on the nation.
The Second Phase of the US Regime Change Operation in Venezuela
Through force or fraud, through sanction or election, the Trump administration is attempting to install its preferred candidate atop the Venezuelan people.
The Trump Shutdown: Fed-Bashing With a Purpose
Bill Mosley examines the right wing's longstanding rationale behind the late, great and once and future (?) Shutdown – further eroding public confidence and trust in government.
It’s Not the Economy, Stupid: Race, Identity and the White Working-Class Voter
Review of a new book from John Sides, Michael Tesler and Lynn Varveck which explores the intersection of race, identity, and the working class.
Why we demand the abolition of ICE
We in the DSA recognize that no one is free or safe while this system of detention, deportation, fear, and intimidation, continues.
Trump’s EPA Proposes Changes That Would Gut U.S. Efforts to Slow Global Warming
What the Trump administration is proposing would leave the US with weaker fuel efficiency standards compared to those of the EU, Japan, China, India and even Saudi Arabia, and this could cut into Detroit’s future overseas sales.
In Their Faces: The Politics of Personal Confrontation
Bill Mosley examines why confronting the malefactors in the Administration in their public and private lives is necessary in this Age of Trump.
Trump Administration Moves to Weaken Endangered Species Act
Trump administration zealots aim to remove provisions that protect populations of endangered species.
Absolute Pardon Power -- Absolutely Not
Anyone who has studied crafting of the Constitution would find it laughable to think that the Founders took so much time and energy in crafting Article II only to immunize him from federal crimes.
Strategy for Democrats: Remind Trump Voters of Broken Promises
Top Democrats have the ability to appeal directly to swing voters by recommitting to their party's traditional pro-worker pro-peace values.
Trump Fueled the Hate that Exploded in Charlottesville
Emboldened hate groups followed Trump's example in a march on Charlottesville. Thousands, including dozens of members of Democratic Socialists of America, marched in a counter-demonstration to show with their presence that hatred and intolerance cannot go unanswered.
Strength of resistance shows the failure of white nationalism
Sam Knight, one of the Metro DC DSA members to go to Charlottesville for the antifascist protest last weekend, provides an on-the-ground account of the events.
National Parks Under Siege
National parks are under severe threat from the extraction-first mania of the Trump administration. Andy Feeney contextualizes this latest barbarism.
Defending Against Federal Layoffs -- An Example
Daniel C. Adkins and Tom Canning
Applying the lessons learned from the Reagan Reduction in Force (RIF) to the threat to federal workers posted by the Trump administration.
How to get the Real Straight News in the Alternative Fact Era
Four tips for identifying honest info from salacious misinformation.
A Free Concert Meditation: Will Socialism Look and Sound Like This?
A Free Concert Of Thelonious Monk's Work brings the thought: If we ever achieve socialism here in the United States, will the revolution provide equal access for everyone to see performances like this?
Trump's FAA privatization scheme: one more attack on the public sector
ATC privatization has been prevented for now, but privatization has powerful backers who aren't ready to quit after 30 years of trying, and it is likely to be resuscitated in the near future.
Progressive Values vs. New Realities: A Report
Though we saw populism in both the Trump and Sanders campaigns, it is right-wing populism that represents a threat in American politics.
Historian warns of stealthy ways that tyranny can arrive
There is a wall of resistance to Trump and his agenda that will be difficult to break. Tim Snyder's review helps us build out a resistance strategy built for the long-term.
Origins of social anger at bureaucratic government
The Federal Communications Commission in Trumpland is allowing big telcom companies to sell more of your personal data.
Trump behaves (surprise!) like a capitalist. So did Obama
Trump's taking of the White House offered the possibility of shattering liberals' illusions of the neutrality of the state
Assessing Russia's threat without demonizing it
To avoid the trap of allowing misleading rhetoric to dictate our policies, we need to continue to articulate and organize around an alternative world view.
"No Fascist USA:" What We Mean
Much has been written on the formation of fascist regimes -- Trumps' march matches them.
DSA Urges DC Government to Defend Immigrant Residents
Even as cities across the country declare themselves as sanctuaries, DC has come under special scrutiny due to its colonial status.
Suicide by Climate
There are impressive coalitions of climate activist groups forming, both at the local level and nationally to contest Trump's suicidal climate agenda.
No thanks To Trump, auto industry's savage restructuring is a long-term project
Brutal restructuring borne on the backs of workers is forthcoming -- Trump is positioning himself to take credit for halting that.
ACLU lecture offers insights on protest strategy
In preparing for resistance to Trump's incoming regime, the ACLU hosts a talk recounting proper protest strategy.
Climate Change is not a business opportunity
Rex Tillerson made his fortune slow-roasting the planet with full knowledge of the consequences.
Can Bush's bailout chief persuade Trump to end "Too Big to Fail?"
Kashkari, in introducing his proposal, stated that before Congress approved the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill during the Obama administration, the risks of the U.S. suffering from another big banking crisis amounted to some 84 percent. The enactment of Dodd-Frank significantly reduced such risk to just 67 percent, Kashkari added. But this is still much too high, especially given the ability of major financial crises to cause trillions of dollars in losses to the U.S. economy and the world.
Trump's toxic nominees: another argument for DC Statehood
DC residents can't appeal to a member of Congress to stop a Trump nominee. So stop asking us...
"Repatriation" of overseas corporate cash -- clawback or backfire?
Some analysts think Trump's clawback scheme could yield big stock buybacks but little capital investment.
Westlake's fictional rogues have an un-ignorable correlation with our rogue-in-chief
For class-conscious readers with a little larceny in their souls, Westlake's novel may help chase away depression as Trump prepares to take office in Washington.
Trump's Puzzling and Under-Covered Excursion to Mexico
Carolyn M. Byerly
Trump's outreach to Mexico's business elite are better understood within a bigger historical frame, one defined by the very beginnings of neoliberalism.
State and Municipal Governments Emerging as Focus of Trump Resistance
In fighting Trump, socialists should look to build power in small pockets of power.