Party Politics in the New Gilded Age: The Crisis of Democracy in the U.S. Today

Socialism 2017

August 15, 2017

Donald Trump is the most unpopular president since public opinion polling was invented—and millions continue to ask how it could be that Hillary Clinton could have lost to him. But polls consistently show that millions of ordinary people feel that neither party speaks to the issues that affect them—like the fight for decent jobs, affordable health care, or an end to U.S. wars. Despite the insurgent campaign of Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders, the message the Democrats sent with Clinton’s nomination was a resounding embrace of the 1 Percent. As the Republicans use Trump’s victory to double down on a right-wing wish list of tax cuts, budget slashing, and military buildups, Lance Selfa, author of The Democrats: A Critical History, will discuss the “choice” presented by mainstream party politics in the U.S. and why real democracy requires an independent alternative to the two-party system.

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