To win in November

The Biden administration has demonstrated consummate skill in fashioning legislative majorities around a body of democratic and progressive legislation over the past four years. And this, notwithstanding a solid wall of opposition from Republicans in Congress. But even Republican opposition wouldn’t have stymied Biden’s agenda without an assist from Senator Joe Manchin (WVA) and the narrow loss of the House in the midterm elections.

Looking ahead to November, the challenge is clear: Defeat Trump and MAGA and re-elect Joe Biden and elect a Democratic Congressional majority. If we do, much can be done to address the overarching challenges of economic security, equality, climate disruption, and peace in the Middle East and worldwide!

I wish socialism — democratic and modern — was on the near horizon, but it isn’t. Progressive and democratic change is though, but a first step in this many sided struggle over the future — a liveable, sustainable, and joyous future for vast majority or its opposite — is to win in November and then secure the victory in its aftermath.

One can be white hot angry at and deeply disappointed by Biden and his administration, but neither anger nor disappointment are good reasons this year not to vote for him and Congressional Democrats in November. Too much is at stake, not least the future!

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Nothing pure about it

Arrayed against Trump and MAGA is a cross class, people’s coalition. There is nothing pure about it; if anything, its diverse and motley. At the center of this coalition, unless you embrace a narrow and, in the end, self defeating understanding of it, is Joe Biden, the Democratic Party (which is trending in a progressive direction), and allied organizations, not least the labor movement (which is also trending in a progressive direction).

The left in its non-sectarian forms are in the mix too, but, by no stretch of the imagination, is it the leading component or setting the agenda of this disparate, wide ranging coalition. To the degree that it properly understand the nature of this coalition and where it fits into it will determine how and to what extent it contributes to the overarching challenge of smacking down Trump and electing Biden when tens of millions cast their votes in November.

Structure of accountability

A singular focus on power can easily go off the tracks if it isn’t embedded in and conditioned by a set of values, norms, and real and robust structures of accountability. This is the case at every stage of struggle, not simply at the point where millions are constructing a new society.This seems simple enough, but at the level of practice, too many examples, tell us that it is easier said than done.

Too much is at stake

The Biden administration has demonstrated consummate skill in fashioning legislative majorities around a body of democratic and progressive legislation over the past four years. And this, notwithstanding a solid wall of opposition from Republicans in Congress.

But even Republican opposition wouldn’t have stymied Biden’s agenda without an assist from Senator Joe Manchin (WVA) and the narrow loss of the House in the midterm elections.

Looking ahead to November, the challenge is clear: Defeat Trump and MAGA and elect Joe Biden and a Democratic Congressional majority. If we do, much can be done to address the overarching challenges of economic security, equality, climate disruption, and peace in the Middle East and worldwide!

I wish socialism was on the near horizon, but it isn’t. Progressive and democratic change is though, but a first step in this many sided struggle over the future — a liveable, sustainable, and joyous future for vast majority or its opposite — is to win in November and then secure the victory in its aftermath.

One can be white hot angry at and deeply disappointed by the Biden administration, but neither anger nor disappointment, are good reasons in this election not to vote for Biden and Congressional Democrats this fall. Too much is at stake, not least the future!

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