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Chicago's Democratic Socialists Promise Change as They Take Office

Eric Lutz The Guardian
Democratic socialists now make up more than 10% of Chicago’s city council, potentially wielding considerable influence. It will need to build alliances in order to enact their agenda and their even more ambitious goal of reforming city government.

“Speaking Truth to Power” Is No Substitute for Taking Power

Norman Solomon Truthout
Progressives often applaud the idea of “speaking truth to power.” But this concept is hazardous. If taken literally and deployed as a single-minded strategy, it can divert attention from the crucial need to take power away from those who abuse it.

A New Generation of Activists Is in the House

John Nichols The Nation
Democrats have to keep reminding themselves, and America, that they beat Trump and the Republicans in the competition that mattered most - the only truly national competition this fall. The Democratic mandate is not overwhelming. But it is real.

Grassroots Uprising in Amish Country Begins to Find Meaning in Politics

Ryan Grim The Intercept
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania might be called Trump Country. It is rural and deeply religious, went solidly for Republicans in 2016, as it had consistently in years past. After Trump’s election we knew we needed a protest and an electoral movement.

Socialism and the Liberal Imagination

Mason B. Williams Dissent
How do socialist demands become liberal common sense? The history of the New Deal offers a useful lesson. It had a recognition that a good society rests on a sense of mutuality, reciprocity, and community spoke to what was wrong with a market society

Tidbits - June 7, 2018 - Attacks on Women's Health; Puerto Rico; Philadelphia Orchestra, BDS; Progressives, the Black Caucus; Religion; Civil Rights Unionism; NFL, tradition of protest; Resources; Announcements; more....

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Reader Comments: Attacks on Women's Health; Puerto Rico - new hurricane season; Philadelphia Orchestra, BDS; Progressives and the Black Caucus; Separation of Church and State; Honor Vets, End Wars; Civil Rights Unionism; NFL, tradition of protest; Resources; Announcements: Madison-Jun 15 and more...

Tidbits - May 24, 2018 - Reader Comments: Thoughts and Prayers Don't Work; Kelly Clarkson Speaks Out; Working Families Party; PA Machine Candidates Defeated; Mideast War Danger; Junot Diaz; Palestine; Mapping The Resistance; more...

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Reader Comments: Thoughts and Prayers Don't Work; Kelly Clarkson Speaks Out; Junot Diaz, Working Families Party; PA Machine Candidates Defeated; Mideast War Danger; Korean War History; Palestine; Mapping The Resistance: Insurgence and Polarization; Memorial Day, more...

Overcoming Bitterness and No Longer Assuming the Worst of Democrats

Stephen Zunes Tikkun
I have been obsessed with exposing the Clintons and like-minded Democratic politicians' dangerous foreign policies, challenging liberal naivet, that ignores or excuses such hawkish proclivities ... Such attitudes played a decisive role in the narrow election victories of Richard Nixon over Hubert Humphrey and of George W. Bush over Al Gore and over John Kerry, resulting in horrific consequences to millions of people in the United States and the world.
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