High-Class, High-Tone Identity Politics: Why the Democratic Party Can’t be Reformed

In the course of the first 200 years of its existence the Democratic Party did the following. Under Andrew Jackson, the Indian removal took place. Then it became the party of slavery. After the Civil War it actively  worked to suppress the workers’ movement. In the 20th century, It was primarily responsible for launching two world wars and dropped two nuclear bombs. It engaged in neo-colonial wars and in the late 20th century helped transform a black social movement into identity politics. In spite of this, members of DSA imagines this party can be reformed.
This article is also a review of a book that discusses the processes the Democratic Party went through to barely win the election. Among them included a possible move to support Trump if Sanders got the nomination. The choice of Biden over Sanders was driven by Biden’s championing of identity politics.
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