Now is the time

From Bernie Sanders, 6/5/20 People, across the country, marching in the streets against police brutality and murder. Over 100,000 Americans dead from the coronavirus, and millions infected. Tens of millions of workers losing their jobs, struggling to put food on the table, pay their rent, keep their homes or afford a visit to the doctor. We are in the midst …

You’ve Probably Heard Socialists Won’t Vote for Biden: We may not like him, but we don’t want Trump to win. The small but resurgent socialist movement in this country is developing a political approach that can speak to millions of alienated Americans

There is an anti-establishment mood growing in this country, and not only among socialists; millions of voters are distrustful of mainstream politicians and sick of choosing between two parties captured by the corporate elite. Bernie Sanders represented a real alternative to many of them, and Joe Biden does not. And they are frustrated by the lack of recognition: In both …

David Sirota: The Democratic Party’s Tyranny of Decorum Helped Sink Bernie

We’re in the midst of unpleasant, uncivil and impolite emergencies that threaten our country and our planet. A global pandemic won’t be stopped by niceties. The corporations profiting off the health care crisis won’t be thwarted with good manners. The fossil fuel giants intensifying the climate cataclysm won’t be deterred by gentility. And elections will not be won by prioritizing …

G20 nations have “almost tripled” the subsidies given to coal-fired power plants in recent years, despite a pledge made a decade ago to phase out such fossil-fuel payments

June 2019 The Guardian The Guardian, RTE and Reuters all cover a new report by the London-based think tank Overseas Development Institute which documents a significant rise in G20 coal subsidies. The Guardian says the nations have “almost tripled” the subsidies given to coal-fired power plants in recent years, despite a pledge made a decade ago to phase out such …

Those who don’t vote have largely given up on the system representing them and are dissatisfied with both parties. 56% are quite poor, making less than $30,000/year

ONE OF THE MOST comprehensive surveys of nonvoters was published by Pew Research Center on August 9, 2018. It summarized its bottom-line finding this way, the exact opposite of what is typically claimed by wealthy television media stars and DC operatives: “nonvoters were more likely to be younger, less educated, less affluent and nonwhite.”  Almost half of non-voters in the 2016 presidential election …

Dear Joe Biden, here is how you can earn our support. Anti-Trump messaging won’t be enough to lead any candidate to victory. Young people need someone who will champion bold ideas

Published in The Guardian on 4 April 2020 Dear Vice-President Joe Biden, We write to you as leaders from a diverse array of organizations building political power for young people in the United States. We are all deeply committed to ending a presidency that has set the clock back on all of the issues that impact our lives. While you are …

How ‘Bernie Bros’ Were Invented, Then Smeared as Sexist, Racist and unAmerican

By JONATHAN COOK How ‘Bernie Bros’ Were Invented, Then Smeared as Sexist, Racist and unAmerican as Borscht, Counterpunch Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair The Democratic presidential nomination race is a fascinating case study in how power works – not least, because the Democratic party leaders are visibly contriving to impose one candidate, Joe Biden, as the party’s nominee, even as it …

Mandatory voting, swing voters and more

March 2020, In These Times articles Perhaps detailed blueprints are beside the point. Maybe, as the German social democrat Eduard Bernstein argued 100 years ago, the end goal of socialism is meaningless, while the socialist movement, advancing toward a more democratic horizon, is everything. Conventional wisdom puts the number of swing voters around 15–20% of the electorate, but Bitecofer argues it’s more …

Government interventions should be predicated upon making the urgently required transition to a post-fossil fuel economy and society. Rescued or subsidized institutions (especially oil companies, airlines, and the banks that finance them) should be put under public control as part of an emergency climate transition plan

Lessons learned from 2008 In this case, any government interventions should be predicated upon making the urgently required transition to a post-fossil fuel economy and society. Rescued or subsidized institutions (especially oil companies, airlines, and the banks that finance them) should be put under public control as part of an emergency climate transition plan. Once in public control, these institutions …

Only 7% of voters said the US economic system works well enough as is. 48% said the US economy needs “minor changes,” while 43% believe in the need for a “complete overhaul” — including most under 45

From the perspective of a young person, especially the roughly three out of every five young people who do not earn a bachelor’s degree, and the roughly 70% of graduates who will earn a Bachelor’s degree together with debt, today’s economy is deeply threatening. Jobs are precarious; paychecks are low and stagnant; and healthcare coverage is either crushingly expensive or simply unaffordable. And …