Toward A Progressive Democratic Party
The Limitations to Expanding the Progressive Left in 2020
Moritz Wichmann - October 2020
Bernie Sanders did not win the primary, but the progressive revolt within the Democratic Party continues. Much has been written about the reasons Sanders lost his second bid to become the Democratic Presidential nominee, but the fact that the Vermont Senator lost does not tell us as much about the power, positioning, and the potential of the party’s left flank as one might think. A look at congressional primaries for the US House of Representatives and the US Senate shows that the party is shifting to the left, even as progressives meet new obstacles, both self-imposed and structural.
In the wake of the George Floyd protests, access to quality public transportation, mobility and racial justice have intersected in profound ways. While the car remains a symbol of individual freedom in the United States, for African Americans the reverse is true. Black motorists are more likely to be pulled over by the police than white motorists, increasing the likelihood of violent interactions.
Black, Indigenous and communities of color tend......
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