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[This topic and materials are gratefully lifted from the Civilized Conversations group (See https://civilizedconversation.wordpress.com )]
The progressive wing of the Democratic Party has complained for years that party leaders are overcautious in attaining and wielding political power, especially in the Thunderdome that modern American politics has become. At the same time, the Republican Party has grown increasingly ruthless and authoritarian. Is this true? If so, what can we do about it?
The argument from progressives that Democrats are too timid boils down to three propositions:
1. Republicans fight dirty (including routinely lying about what they stand for) to gain political power and then pass laws/policies that the majority of Americans actually oppose (i.e. opposition to Roe v. Wade)..
2. Democrats, if they were more progressive and better/bolder at communicating what that really means for average voters, would win more elections. And, if they acted more ruthlessly – like Republicans – when in power they could get more policy done to help people and protect our democracy.
3. The reasons Dems don’t do this is mainly due to the weak/self-doubting character of its leaders, or the anti-progressive bias of big institutions like corporate mega-donors. Not because of what some or even many of their own voters think, or what many independent voters want or don’t want. In other words, boldness would be rewarded, not punished.
Our meeting will be to discuss how much of the above is true and, if it is true, what could be done about it.
BACKGROUND READINGS – Will be provided by email.
This will be a Zoom meeting.