The Future of the Democratic Party

Source: New York Times, Room for Debate, November 9, 2016

Days ago the fate of the Republican Party in the wake of Donald Trump seemed in the balance. Now the Democrats will have to think seriously about their future after a populist tsunami swept up millions of voters who were once key members of the party’s coalition.

What does the Democratic Party need to do to move forward, attract alienated voters and remain relevant?

Debaters include:
Recommit to Average People, Not Financial Wizards and Stars
Mike Gecan, Industrial Areas Foundation
The party of data and imagery must become the party of meaningful work with living wages, rebuilding the nation as well as the party.

Make Millennials a Part of the Party’s Rebuilding
Symone Sanders, former Bernie Sanders press secretary
With or without the Democratic Party, young people will organize and act. Party leadership should reach out to bring them into the fold.

End the Addiction to Political Money
Josh Silver, Represent.Us
Voters are angry at the cozy relationship between big money and politicians.That anger fueled the candidacies of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

Criminal Justice Reform Can Empower Forgotten Americans
Glenn E. Martin, JustLeadershipUSA
We cannot create a huge class of permanent social and economic outcasts who are alienated from the political process.

Fight to Rewrite the Economic Rules
Felicia Wong, Roosevelt Institute
Progressives can bring together white voters who went for Reagan and Obama and now Trump, with people of color.
A Blueprint for a New Party
Seth Ackerman, Jacobin, November 14, 2016

With the rise of Donald Trump, we need to think seriously about what it would take to form a democratic organization rooted in the working class.

How Trump Won
Jedediah Purdy, Jacobin, November 11, 2016

The Democratic Party’s abandonment of the working class cleared the space for Trump.

The Next Democratic Party
Timothy Shenk, Dissent Magazine, Online Articles, November 15, 2016

Parties recover from defeat in two ways. They can try to beat the opposition at their own game, or they can try to change the rules of the game. Donald Trump did the latter. Now it’s the Democrats’ turn.

Notes From a Very Close Election
Bill Fletcher, Jr., Dissent Magazine, Blog, November 11, 2016

The Trump victory was far from a slam dunk. But it still showed an alarmingly large constituency for a racist, misogynist revolt against the future.

Bad New Days
Rich Yeselson, Dissent Magazine, Blog, November 9, 2016

This will likely be seen as one of the most consequential presidential elections in American history—above all, in institutionalizing the GOP as an unchecked vehicle for racism, nativism, anti-Semitism, and misogyny.