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- “Defund the police” and “cancel rent” aren’t reforms, but paths to revolution. The uprisings in response to the killing of George Floyd are far different from anything that has come before. Not just because they may be the largest in our history, or that seven weeks in, people are still in the streets (even if the news media has largely moved on). But also because, for the last few years, organizers have been thinking boldly. They have been pushing demands — from “ defund the police ” to “ cancel rent ” to “ pass the Green New Deal ” — that would upend the status quo ...

Source: nytimes.com

- The 2020 presidential election will once again be called the most pivotal race in American history. The growing Progressive and Democratic Socialist faction within the Democrat Party will try to add to their 2016 and 2018 advances, and possibly try to garner more support from the “Never-Trumper” wing of the Republican Party. In Florida, the incoming and apparent ‘moderate’ Republican leadership led by Florida Legislators Rep. Chris Sprowls and Rep. Danny Perez have recently begun to put their support behind Republican Bibiana “Bibi” Potestad over Conservative Republican David ...


- Throughout the 1860 election, the Wide Awakes, a novel paramilitary-style organization, held mass rallies, marches, and demonstrations to combat slave power. These “young working-men for Lincoln” successfully combined new media and unrepentant partisanship to mobilize hundreds of thousands against the Southern planter class. Bernie Sanders’s theory of political change was at least four decades in the making. His “Not Me. Us.” pursuit of transformation by drawing non-regular and first-time voters into the electoral process began in Vermont in 1981. The results — a socialist with ...


- ‘L et Them Eat Tweets ” is not, according to authors Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson, about President Trump. As the titular play on Marie Antoinette’s famous quote suggests, the authors believe that American society is moving toward control by a selfish oligarchy, but they consider the tweeter in chief more consequence than cause. They see the real threat to democracy as the Republican Party’s subservience to corporate and financial interests and a handful of the wealthiest Americans. In their view, the GOP’s dedication to the cause of plutocracy explains nearly every pernicious ...


- Nikil Saval went from being an editor at the leftist literary magazine n+1 , to a volunteer for Bernie Sanders, to a successful democratic-socialist primary candidate in for Pennsylvania State Senate. In an interview with Jacobin , he talks about the race and his plans for governing as a leftist in the state capitol. Between the highs of Bernie Sanders’s victories in the early primary states, the lows of the coronavirus pandemic and shutdown, and the whirlwind of the George Floyd uprising, 2020 has been a roller coaster for the Left. In the midst of it all, democratic socialist Nikil Saval ...


- WASHINGTON, July 8 – Today, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) welcomed Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) support for his amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act, which has been guaranteed a floor vote during the week of July 20th.  "Let me thank Sen. Schumer for his support for my amendment to cut the bloated $740 billion Pentagon budget by 10% and invest $74 billion in communities that have been ravaged by extreme poverty and mass incarceration,"  said Sanders  on Twitter.  "This amendment will begin to change our national priorities." "Proud I fought ...


- Pew Research published a national poll this week that showed Biden with a ten point lead over Trump, much as we’ve seen from other polls. But when they broke the responses down by age, the most startling result was that with 18-29 year-olds, Biden’s lead is 40 points (68-28). That might not be surprising. But here is a comparison to previous Democratic candidates. Pew also found that for Biden supporters, 67 percent said that their choice is more about opposition to Trump. I’m sure that is probably true for the subset of voters under 30 years of age. In other words, young people really ...

Source: rawstory.com

- As Joe Biden gathered momentum in the race to be Democratic presidential nominee, there were concerns he might struggle to unite the party ahead of November. Those worries appear to have now subsided with most supporters of his former rivals having chosen to back him over Donald Trump at the election, according to a new poll. Nearly all those who backed Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, one of his most left-wing rivals, said they would support Biden, with 96 percent intending to do so. None of the Warren supporters polled said they would be behind Trump. Warren officially endorsed Biden ...

Source: newsweek.com

- he 2019 fire at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery started with a simple failure: one leaky elbow pipe in a 1,400-acre facility covered with pipes, tanks and industrial towers. Within a few hours last June, enough gaseous propane had seeped into the air to ignite the facility into a fiery hellscape with an explosion hurling human-size pieces of industrial equipment into the air and shaking the ground miles away. Workers rapidly shut down the facility, which had for decades converted crude oil into usable products. The workers escaped with only a few minor injuries, but the facility ...

Source: time.com

- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) predicted if the compromised Democrat policy recommendations crafted by the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Forces are implemented would make the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden the "most progressive president" since Franklin D. Roosevelt. "I was glad to work with the vice president informing six separate task forces, which have some of the most knowledgeable people in the country coming together to deal with education and climate change, and healthcare, and the economy, and criminal justice, and immigration reform," Sanders said during an appearance with ‘All ...


- The coronavirus pandemic is a  global disaster that is not independent  of other crises and disasters. The pandemic has killed  more than 500,000 people around the world, more than 130,000 of those in the United States. It has caused a severe global economic recession. Global climate disaster continues . There is  a heat wave in Siberia . The United Nations reports that  hundreds of millions of people   face starvation  because of a global food shortage. When America’s global leadership is most needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic — and the imminent danger of other and ...

Source: alternet.org

- ‘Defending a Free Society’ Requires Radically Changing This One A man I wish to persuade, but not to cancel. Americans live in a society that warehouses more than 2 million people in penitentiaries rife with state-ordered torture and unpunished sexual abuse ; a society that lives off the “essential” labor of workers who have no right to vote, and whom the state reserves the right to deport; a society that allows hundreds of thousands of its people to go homeless , millions of its children to go hungry , and dozens of its Fortune 500 companies to go untaxed ; a society that condemned ...

Source: nymag.com

- Some of Donald Trump’s advisers wish he’d tone down the racism. But others think it’s a winning strategy. Guess which side is going to triumph here? Trump is “going with his gut” and “relying on instinct,” two unnamed officials  tell NBC News . And Donald Trump’s gut and instincts will always mean more racism. The debate, as NBC News reports it, is between “some political allies encouraging him to  embrace a divisive tone  likely to further inflame civic unrest seen across the country over the past month and deliver political wins by rallying his supporters” and those ...

Source: alternet.org

- "This wouldn't even be an issue if healthcare wasn't tied to employment." Medicare for All advocates on Wednesday noted that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow employers to refuse to cover contraceptives presented a clear argument in favor of a universal healthcare system under which employment would not be tied to healthcare. (Photo: NNU/flickr/cc) Healthcare advocates Wednesday charged that the U.S. Supreme Court's  decision  on birth control access is just the latest evidence that the federal government must expand Medicare coverage to all Americans, eliminating the for-profit ...


- A group of 150 academics, writers and activists have signed an open letter in Harper’s magazine expressing concern that “a new set of moral attitudes and political commitments” are “[weakening] norms of open debate and toleration of differences in favor of ideological conformity”. Four writers weigh up the issues Nesrine Malik : Don’t confuse being told you’re wrong with the baying of a mob The idea of “ cancel culture ”, the obvious, albeit unnamed, target of this letter, collapses several different phenomena under one pejorative label. It’s puzzling to me that a ...


- The fight over free education is much older than you think. There was once a New England politician with an idea. Social and economic changes had made education more important than ever, but access was stubbornly limited to the children of the rich. The answer, this politician thought, was simple: more years of public education, universal, free for all, and provided by the government.  Of course, this idea didn’t go over well. “How are you going to pay for it?” snarled its opponents. “Isn’t the idea that ordinary people needed extra years of schooling elitist?” they said.  And, ...


- (CNN) Ady Barkan , a prominent progressive activist who is dying of ALS, endorsed Joe Biden on Wednesday, saying, "He is everything Trump is not." The endorsement from Barkan, who previously endorsed Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in the Democratic presidential primary, is the latest sign of some progressives rallying around the former vice president now he's secured the Democratic nomination. "I supported Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in the primary because they gave me hope. I was inspired by their bold progressive vision. Joe Biden was not my pick, and when they dropped ...

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- For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to . According to Wikipedia, Judd Gregg is a "moderate Republican." He served a couple of terms as governor of New Hampshire and three terms in the Senate. President Obama thought well enough of him to nominate Gregg to be his Secretary of Commerce. Fast forward to 2020 and here is what Gregg is writing now about the upcoming election: This is about power. All major elections are. The socialist/progressives understand this as well as any political movement does. But the difference is that the socialist/progressive ...


- “California Is Ripe for a Revolution” Jackie Fielder, a Democratic Socialists of America–backed candidate for California’s State Senate, is refusing to take money from police unions, real-estate interests, and the fossil fuel industry. For her, the connection between capital and police violence is clear: “Our communities face intense repression from the state because it is profitable.” In a campaign video released in May, Jackie Fielder, who’s running for State Senate in a district representing a million residents in San Francisco, pulls no punches. Over shots of homeless city ...


- How Revolutions Happen Revolutionary imagery is ubiquitous right now. But real structural change involves more than the toppling of statues, and what happens next is a matter of chance. Three months ago, a global pandemic and a sudden economic crisis looked grave enough to suggest that something—if not a revolution, then at least the stirrings of a revolutionary era—was under way. Since then, the revolt against the pre-coronavirus status quo has only gained force. Crowds chanting “Black lives matter” and “Enough is enough” have marched all across the country. Statues have been ...