Opinion

Third Parties Can’t Compete Without Electoral Reform

One of the more persistent philosophical and strategic divisions on the American left is between those who advocate conducting electoral politics primarily within the Democratic Party, a strategy called entryism, and those who advocate conducting electoral politics primarily via third parties. Entryists argue that an electoral strategy focused on third party politics is impossible in […]

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The Bipartisan War on Sex Workers

There’s no shortage of partisan posturing in congress, but on certain issues, there’s more of a bipartisan consensus than soundbites suggest. As ever, both parties are more than happy to unite behind bills that expand state power. Take, for instance, the approval of a $700 billion defense budget, FISA reauthorization, or the bill recently put […]

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Redirecting the Class Consciousness of Rural Hoosiers

Growing up in rural northwest Indiana in the ‘90s and 2000s, my childhood felt fairly apolitical. The neoliberal consensus was firmly established and public discourse for radical politics was nonexistent. Many in the community worked union jobs but few people seemed concerned that the availability of these jobs was in steep decline. In fact, my […]

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Socialists Must Have a Vision

In Adam Curtis’ hypnotic documentary HyperNormalisation, the filmmaker makes the case that, as the old socioeconomic consensus began to decay in the 1970s and the financial industry assumed management of every aspect of American society, the failure to answer to its assault could largely be laid at the feet of former members of the radical […]

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Rent Control is Not Just an Economic Issue; It’s a Moral Necessity

Brian Bernardoni, Senior Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy for Chicago Association of Realtors, recently appeared on a segment of Chicago Tonight about rent control, arguing against the repeal of the 1997 act that preemptively outlawed the practice entirely in Illinois. Bernardoni said that the stories of displaced tenants are “compelling” but that “rent […]

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Direct Service is Not a Tool for Recruitment

Recently in the DSA there has been a debate about the role of direct service in our work as an organization. “Direct service” means fulfilling a material need for people for free, such as giving them food, providing legal services, or housing them. This can take many forms, including the Brake Light Clinics put on […]

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Resolutionary Socialism 2018

It’s easy, when we’re pressed up against each other, dealing with one crisis after another, scrambling to get done what needs to get done from one moment to the next, to sniff out differences in one another. In close quarters, the whiff of small difference can seem overwhelming. It’s important to take opportunities to think […]

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The Sharing Economy is Made of Despair

Rather than supplementing financial insecurity in our downtime, as part of the so-called “sharing” economy, we could choose shared ownership of the economy. But what exactly is meant by a “shared” economy? And is it really our choice? To earn enough money, or just a little extra, we rent our cars like temp taxi drivers. […]

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Building Media to Build Power: A Mass Media Strategy for DSA

At the height of their power during the first decades of the 20th century, the Industrial Workers of the World, commonly referred to as the IWW or the Wobblies, had upwards of 90 affiliated newspapers and other periodicals in print, 30 of which were published right here in Chicago. The papers spanned 19 different languages, […]

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DNC Unity Reform Commission: Are the Democrats Serious About Democracy?

How much democracy is enough democracy? The question may sound glib (of course we want democracy) but it’s a fair question with a complex answer, and it’s what the Democratic National Committee’s Unity Reform Commission was in town to discuss on the last weekend of August. The Unity Reform Commission was created following the 2016 […]