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Why we need a new progressive party and how we can create it

Ted Rall on

There is no room for progressives in the Democratic Party.

No matter how many votes he or she gets, no progressive will be permitted to be the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party.

Progressives who try to work inside of, contribute to and support the Democratic Party have no real chance of moving its candidates or policies to the left.

Remaining inside the Democratic Party achieves nothing; to the contrary, it is insidiously counterproductive. Working for "change from the inside" strengthens centrist politicians who oppose progressivism with every fiber of their being.

If American electoral democracy has a future and progressives want to be part of that future, there is only one way forward: create and build a new party in which progressivism isn't merely tolerated or partly accommodated as some fringe or necessary nuisance but is its core mission.

We need a New Progressive Party.

 

The reason is simple: Progressivism and corporate centrism are not parts of an ideological spectrum. Centrism isn't watered-down progressivism; centrism directly opposes progressivism. Centrists want wars and don't care about the poor; progressives want no wars and care deeply about the poor. There is no room for compromise between the two.

A New Progressive Party would go nowhere if, like the Green Party, it were poorly funded and disorganized and unable to field a slate of candidates across the boar, from city council to state representative to Congress. It must begin robustly; it must grow quickly; and it must be the only viable outlet for real progressives. Go big, or go home.

This could be done. Now is the perfect time.

Keep reading. I'll explain how.

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