Nov. 9, 2020
We are pleased with the defeat of Donald Trump in the 2020 election, but we know our work is just beginning and it is not the time to get complacent. Assuming Trump’s attempt to hold onto power fails, once Biden takes office, the same neoliberalism that disenchanted millions and led to Trump returns. We must recognize that Trump and Trumpism (as well as the neoliberalism pushed by most Democrats) are symptoms of the deeper problem: capitalism. And the only way to fight capitalism is with a mass socialist movement.
Our task is not easy. Amendment 3 passed in Missouri, which opens the door for further gerrymandering that favors Republicans. Moderate Democrats have already begun attacking Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and the progressive wing of the Party, signaling that the corporate bloc of the Party’s reluctance to lose power. Locally, St. Louis city politicians attack and vilify the Left, despite the fact that growing numbers of younger and left-leaning voters say they prefer socialism to capitalism. But socialist policies like a Green New Deal and Medicare for All are more popular than ever based on exit polls.
As a mass movement, DSA can build the power to push the political discourse to the left and force politicians to address our demands. We are continuing our popular (and now virtual!) Socialist Night School series tomorrow night and hope you can join! This session will look at how socialist politics must go hand-in-hand with anti-racist politics to succeed, and how we can build a multi-racial working class coalition.
Later in the week, we will also be meeting to discuss how we put that base-building strategy to work locally—leading up to our first post-election chapter mass meeting next week! Hope to see you all there! Stay tuned to these emails, our website, and social media for more announcements of organizing and social events through the end of 2020, and of course, if you haven’t yet—join DSA!
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