Sunday, July 31, 2016

Quote of the Day

The [proposed] strategy advances both Democratic Socialists of America's short-term goal of defeating Trump and its long-term goal of building a base that can sustain a grassroots mass movement for socialism and a left-wing party, both of which rely on empowering the same constituencies. "Whether we want to elect people inside or, depending on local conditions, outside the Democratic Party, we need to focus on organizing in black, Latinx, and poor and working-class white communities," says Maria Svart, National Director of DSA. "To build a viable party nationally, we can't skip the step of building a base, and that's not going to take just a year."

– Jesse A. Myerson
Excerpted from "An Anti-Trump Electoral Strategy
That Isn’t Pro-Clinton
July 28, 2016

Related Off-site Links:
Socialism After Bernie Sanders: "Being a Radical Isn't About Being Too Pure for the World" – Dylan Matthews (Vox, July 15, 2016).
Bernie’s Big Lesson: Socialists Should Occupy the Democratic Party, Not Abandon It – Daniel Denvir (Salon, August 1, 2016).
What the Bernie Sanders Candidacy Meant, According to a Historian of the Left – Andrew Prokop (Vox, July 12, 2016).
War and Wall Street: Clinton's Bleak Record – Timothy Scott (TruthOut, August 1, 2016).
Hillary: Ordinarily Awful or Uncommonly Awful? – Andrew Levine (Counterpunch, August 1, 2016).
American Socialists Confront Their Hillary Clinton Problem – Ryan Cooper (The Week, August 4, 2016).
"I Support Hillary Clinton. So Should Everyone Who Voted for Me" – Bernie Sanders (Los Angeles Times, August 5, 2016).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Carrying It On
Hope, History, and Bernie Sanders
Super Tuesday Thoughts on Bernie Sanders
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Democratic Socialism
Progressive Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump
Progressive Perspectives on Presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton
Something to Think About – December 14, 2011
Quote of the Day – August 17, 2011
Something to Think About – October 29, 2011
Obama a Socialist? Hardly
Obama, Ayers, the “S” Word, and the “Most Politically Backward Layers in America”
A Socialist Response to the Financial Crisis
R.I.P. Neoclassical Economics
Capitalism on Trial
John le Carré’s Dark Suspicions

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