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- Violence is the oxygen of authoritarianism. It is the symbolic and visceral breeding ground of fear, ignorance, greed and cruelty. It flourishes in societies marked by despair, ignorance, lies, hate and cynicism. Violence — and especially the killing of children such as the mass killing that occurred this week at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, leaving at least 19 students dead — can't be understood in the immediacy of shock and despair, however deplorable and ...

Source: truthout.org

- The GOP's Way of Doing Things Was Given a Chance—and the Results Were Catastrophic Their "Reaganism" sales pitch was effective, and we've now had 42 years of the so-called Reagan Revolution: It's time to say out loud that it hasn't worked. The 1970s were a pivotal decade, and not just because it saw the end of the Vietnam War, the resignation of Nixon, and the death of both the psychedelic hippie movement and the very political (and sometimes violent) SDS.  Most consequentially, the ...


- May 27 (Reuters) - Moderate U.S. congressman Kurt Schrader of Oregon, who at times angered fellow Democrats by opposing pieces of President Joe Biden's agenda, has been defeated by left-wing primary challenger Jamie McLeod-Skinner. The Associated Press called the race on Friday for McLeod-Skinner, who ousted the seven-term incumbent and moderate who had been endorsed by Biden. "Schrader has been a valued and independent voice," U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement that also ...

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- We've finally received word on just what President Biden plans to do in the face of long-standing pressure from his left to cancel student loan debt. And he's eschewing bold action in favor of what seems to be about the most broadly acceptable option. As The Post's Tyler Pager, Danielle Douglas-Gabriel and Jeff Stein report, the White House is planning to cancel $10,000 in debt per borrower , while limiting it to individuals who make less than $150,000 per year or couples who make less than ...


- BOGOTÁ, Colombia — At his final campaign rally before Colombia's first-round presidential election on Sunday, Gustavo Petro gleefully noted that the powers that be are cringing at the thought that he could win. "Of course they are scared," Petro, a former left-wing-guerrilla-turned-politician, told thousands of supporters in Bogotá, the capital. "They're scared because we're going to kick them out of power." Polls place Petro as the clear front-runner and, if elected, he has ...

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- Summer Lee's victory shows how progressives can beat super PACs: by fighting — and winning — the money war Pennsylvania Democratic Congressional candidate, state Rep. Summer Lee talks to the press outside her polling station. This month, progressives eked out a narrow yet significant victory. In Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district, in the Pittsburgh area, state Rep. Summer Lee overcame almost $4 million in spending from conservative and moderate super PACs to defeat her ...

Source: salon.com

- "As AOC knows," DSA For the Many tweeted, "when we fight together, we win together!" Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday endorsed all 13 candidates running for the New York state Legislature on a progressive slate backed by the nation's largest Democratic Socialists of America chapter. DSA For the Many tweeted the Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) endorsement early Thursday morning, proclaiming that "as AOC knows—when we fight together, we win together!" The development was first reported by ...


- Sanders, an independent democratic socialist, and Graham, a far-right Trump ally, are set to square off in a televised debate on June 13. Left-wing Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and far-right Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina are set to kick off a new televised debate series called "The Senate Project" next month. Sanders, an independent democratic socialist, and Graham, a Republican ally of former President Donald Trump, are scheduled to square off at 12:00 pm ET on June 13 in an ...


- Sadly enough, progressive ideas aren't permeating our society anywhere near as quickly or defiantly as right-wing ones. To begin, an anecdote. This past summer, a pigeon walked through my open balcony door while my attention was elsewhere. I shooed it out, but when I turned around two more pigeons walked out of my bedroom. In the 20 years I've lived in my apartment, this had never happened to me, though my balcony door was often open. All I could imagine was that those poor birds had gotten as ...


- No major US poll has asked if respondents identify as socialist, much less what they actually think. A new survey finds that socialists aren't just more pro-redistribution and class-conscious than liberals — they're also far less racist and xenophobic. Over the past few years, there has been a deluge of popular accounts announcing that many Americans, especially young Americans , are not only fed up with capitalism but also broadly supportive of the once feared S-word: socialism. ...


- Isn't it time Biden and the Democrats came out clearly against the billionaires abusing their wealth and power by suppressing the wages of average working people and flooding our democracy with their money? The richest person in America tweeted last week that Democrats have "become the party of division & hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican." This billionaire bombardment gives Biden and the Democrats an opportunity to tell America whose side they're on and whose side ...


- If your party is going to lose, you can at least have a say in how it loses. is a nonresident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he works on elections, American political trends, voting patterns, and demographics. He is also the senior elections analyst for RealClearPolitics. Pundits and voters of all stripes lament just how extreme, polarized, and ideological American politics has become. But such grievances rarely come with advice for how ordinary people can address this ...


- John Fetterman — the hulking, tattooed, hoodie-wearing lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania — constitutes Democrats' best hope to steal a Senate seat from Republicans this fall. And while few politicians can match his style, or could pull it off, Democrats can learn a lot from his approach. Part of Fetterman's skill as a politician is that he seems to have successfully transcended some of the factional divides that have hobbled Democrats in recent years. He has many of the same ...


- The fundamental aim of Vivek Chibber's latest book, The Class Matrix: Social Theory After the Cultural Turn , is to restore the central role that economic and structural forces play in studying the hierarchies of power and privilege in modern capitalism. This class-based understanding of social relations—one principally influenced by Marx, and which dominated leftist thought until the 1970s—gives pride of place to the material conditions that impose real constraints on people's ...


- Gabriel Boric, screenshot Amy Goodman and Democracy Now May 22, 2022 In a historic milestone, Chile has finalized a draft of its first-ever democratically written constitution to replace the one created under the U.S.-backed neoliberal dictator Augusto Pinochet. The new constitution is expected to enshrine a wide range of human rights and social programs, including free universal access to healthcare, higher education, reproductive rights, as well as more robust environmental safeguards and ...

Source: alternet.org

- Ms. Lee, who could become the first Black woman to represent Pennsylvania in Congress, won an expensive and fiercely fought primary battle after days of vote-counting. PITTSBURGH — State Representative Summer Lee, a progressive Democrat who could become the first Black woman to represent Pennsylvania in Congress, won an expensive and fiercely fought primary battle on Friday after three days of vote-counting, defeating a more centrist contender who was the favorite of the party ...

Source: nytimes.com

- Nina Turner lost big last night in her Ohio primary election against establishment candidate Shontel Brown. There’s no sugarcoating the defeat — but progressives will live to fight another day. Taking on the Democratic establishment is always going to be an uphill battle for a left-wing challenger, and that’s doubly so when they take on an incumbent. The Left was served a hard reminder of this last night when Nina Turner lost again to Representative Shontel Brown in Ohio’s 11th ...


- Sanders was slapped over his support of Jackson's 1988 presidential bid, per a forthcoming book. In 1988, now-independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was the mayor of Burlington, the most populous city in the state. As one of the state's highest-profile elected officials, he threw his support behind the presidential campaign of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the longtime civil rights leader who had unsuccessfully run for president in 1984 but made substantial gains among Black and liberal voters in ...


- WASHINGTON — Ari Rabin-Havt could not stop smiling in the winter of 2020. When a reporter asked the deputy campaign manager for Bernie Sanders why he was so happy, he replied, “Simple. I work for a 78-year-old Jewish socialist, who had a heart attack a few months ago and has won the popular vote in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada.” With an expletive, he added, “That’s remarkable.” In “The Fighting Soul: On the Road With Bernie Sanders,” the former adviser offers an intimate ...

Source: nytimes.com

- "Only progressive Democrats truly stand for the type of economy and society that the overwhelming majority of Americans support." The group Progressive Democrats of America on Thursday urged all progressive U.S. candidates and officeholders to embrace a "21st Century Economic Bill of Rights." "In contrast to those who favor retreat or the status quo, we present a vision of and a call to action for positive democratic renewal and growth." The call for a sweeping new progressive platform is ...