This is a well written article that updates the struggle of the 60's generation who were co-opted by the Capitalists.
The millennials need to watch their backs and press ahead.
Keep in mind that as soon as the for-profit crowd mainstreams any anti-establishment idea it becomes stale and unusable.
It is clear that the time for socialized democracy has arrived, and those of us who are paying attention are grateful for the millennials who will have to turn society in that direction if humanity and other life forms are to survive.
Jake Johnson sheds his light of optimism on the issue and gives me moments of hope. I hope his words are being read by the millennials he represents.
The only....only hope for this country is the millennials.
They must vote in November.
1) For Jill Stein and
2) Against every incumbent office holder.
Capitalism or Socialism? Are these our only choices?
But a direct democracy can be socialist or, at least for a while, capitalist.
Millennials aren't the only ones. The mainstream media has erroneously portrayed both the Occupy movement and the Sanders campaign as almost exclusively composed of millennials when the reality is people of every generation were involved with both movements and share this same view.
Also, Bernie was never "defeated." The nomination was stolen from him by the corrupt DNC in a rigged primary process.
Why just millennials? Don't buy into media stereotypes. People of all generations supported Bernie, and people of all generations should vote for Jill Stein in November.
Right. Direct democracy can work under any system that the people decide, with as much capitalism and socialism as required for the times.
The public can make and change the laws with voter initiatives and referendums in a continuous way, as the Swiss have successfully done for almost 300 years. Politicians there are public citizens in temporary positions who carry out the public mandates established by these grassroots referendums.
Oligarchy, politicians, political parties, banks and corporations do not make the laws in a direct democracy. All the people do.
Great article. I know the movement is moving on since Bernie's run and read enough to know it's all alive and well. But I have to say seeing it all from Jake's perspective made me smile.
Activism is growing everywhere and the Green party is too, happily. I'm so proud of the millennials for stepping up. In all this grief we see every day, this is uplifting.
And their leaders best stay off small lanes. The rebellion of the sixties could easily be called the decade of assassinations.
Boycott. Kill the sources of corporate power and the beast will wither and die. It really is that simple. Getting every like minded person on the left to go along is the massive communication problem. But it can be achieved.
Think a minute: Americans so strongly believe in our deregulated capitalism that they believe everyone is able to work, there are jobs for all, therefore no need for poverty relief. Based on liberal media, we can conclude that millennials want a measure of "socialism," but only for those who are of current use to employers (trusting in the whims of the job market).
The facts that the US is 20 years deep into a class war that has taken a very heavy toll, and that even liberals apparently find the consequences to be acceptable, shows that we have gone in the exact opposite direction -- rooting out what bits of socialism we once had.
The great majority of US workers are dependent on corporate powers -- the job creators. How many people are willing to push back, risking their jobs, when there's nothing to fall back on? If you want to boycott products made/sold by corporations, good luck trying to survive.
Movement for what, and for whom? We're only more deeply divided and subdivided by class and race than we were 20 years ago.
Instead of constantly criticizing and nay saying, for once, why not offer a strategy or suggest a path to follow?
Experience has taught me that there are two kinds of people: those who find reasons why something cannot be done, and those who finds ways to do them. I have found the latter course more fulfilling.
At a risk of sounding sectarian it should be noted that July was the centenary of the World Socialist Party of the United States (WSPUS). And i'm not going to get into a debate on theory of the validity of various parties manifestoes here
I simply wish to say that there are more options that the DSA. Other parties claiming to be socialists should be free to also contest the articles focus on the DSA.
Anybody interest in understanding what socialism means should be aware there exists other interpretations of its meaning and different proposals for its establishment.
Young people have always tended to be left wing. Many of us have heard the old political adage, "If you are under thirty and a Republican, you have no heart. If you are over thirty and a Democrat, you have no brain."
Contrary to this article, I recently read an article attempting to show that young Americans are more conservative than they have ever been before. Who knows what's true? I also read another article about how young people today don't want to use labels or ideologies, but are more likely to pick and choose ideas and solutions that they like from any political ideology.
It is so refreshing to see the term 'socialized democracy' (as in parts of Europe), being used in a thoughtful post. Most people of my generation recognize 'socialism' for what it is - a proven failed system that wrought havoc for countries like Mexico, India, Japan and others in the fifties. These countries mis-interpreted socialism as state-owned companies providing goods and services. Needless to say, as soon as they came to power, the state-owned companies were taken over by party hacks, corrupt officials, and their family members who cared not a whit for socialized democracy, or democracy of any flavor. They mouthed socialism but practiced plutocracy. A modern example is Venezuela.
Jake, have appreciate all your articles and how you describe the problem so simply and with facts. Keep up the good work.
Just wanted to let you know that Baby Boomer Generation was accussed of being the Me, Me, Me Generation and I guess they are using that tired old worn out theme for your generation.
As we all know the media is lazy, maybe not lazy but thrifty or cheap. It is all about the bottom line, profits are the only game plan. Our politicians and we the people can be blamed for that by keep electing the same politicians who are giving our democracy to the oligarchs for a few million dollars in their pockets.