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`The Squad' Is the Future of the Democratic Party

Barbara Ransby The New York Times
The squad understands that "diversity" is meaningless if the measure of success is "sameness." The congresswomen are choosing to do politics a different way because they recognize that Congress has never worked for their communities.

We Need to Win Our People Back - Lessons from the French Left

Interview with Elsa Faucillon and Éric Coquerel; b Fabien Escalona and Pauline Graulle; Translation by David Broder Jacobin
French workers' top electoral choice isn't Marine Le Pen, but abstention. To mobilize their support, the Left needs to look beyond the workplace alone - and answer a deeper mood of alienation.

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.

Across Trump’s America, The Grassroots Are Growing Radical

DD Guttenplan The Guardian
Depending on which media you consume, Donald Trump will either leave office in handcuffs or coast to a second term. Making sense of American politics has never been easy, but the extreme polarisation of the press and public has made it more difficult

Toward Racial Justice and a Third Reconstruction

Bob Wing Portside
cover of book Toward Racial Justife and a Third Reconstruction This essay is excerpted from the introduction to Bob Wing's new book by the same title now available at www.lulu.com. Bob has also launched a website at www.bobwingracialjustice.org.

Global Left Midweek - October 3, 2018

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Vijay Prashad on Venezuela, Vietnam's New President, UK: Labour Party Meets, Pan-Africanism Conference in Ghana, Murder Wave in Colombia, Breakthrough for Québec Solidaire, Euro Left Seminar

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What She Saw at the (Political) Revolution

Jason Schulman New Politics
An eyewitness account of the 2016 Sanders presidential insurgency that weighs its electoral successes against its ability to form the core of social and economic movement resistance to capital.

Amid Missiles and Bombs in Damascus

Jeff Klein Consortium News
walls painted with bombs in Syria Not so far back, those who opposed the Iraq War were smeared as supporters of Saddam Hussein, a charge that honest anti-war activists easily dismissed. Defending Syria from foreign aggression and advocating the right of Syrians to choose their own future apparently makes one an “Assad apologist"...
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