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Why Democrats share the blame for the rise of Donald Trump | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian
"I was part of a Democratic administration that failed to fix a rigged system – I know our current president is a symptom of our disunion, not its only cause"
politics  democrats  class-war  inequality 
17 days ago by tsuomela
Zombie Neoliberalism | Dissent Magazine
"Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? by Thomas Frank Metropolitan Books, 2016, 320 pp."
book  review  democrats  new-deal  liberalism  neoliberalism 
december 2017 by tsuomela
The issue is not Hillary Clinton's Wall St links but her party's core dogmas | Thomas Frank | Opinion | The Guardian
"The Democratic party rejected the New Deal and its stress on working-class Americans in favour of a technocratic elite – is it time for a political revolution?"
politics  2016  democrats  new-deal  technocracy 
february 2016 by tsuomela
Why did the Democrats Lose the South? Bringing New Data to an Old Debate
"After generations of loyalty, Southern whites left the Democratic party en masse in the second half of the twentieth century. To what extent did Democrats' 1960s Civil Rights initiatives trigger this exodus, versus Southern economic development, rising political polarization or other trends that made the party unattractive to Southern whites? The lack of data on racial attitudes and political preferences spanning the 1960s Civil Rights era has hampered research on this central question of American political economy. We uncover and employ such data, drawn from Gallup surveys dating back to 1958. From 1958 to 1961, conservative racial views strongly predict Democratic identification among Southern whites, a correlation that disappears after President Kennedy introduces sweeping Civil Rights legislation in 1963. We find that defection among racially conservative whites explains all (three-fourths) of the decline in relative white Southern Democratic identification between 1958 and 1980 (2000). We offer corroborating quantitative analysis—drawn from sources such as Gallup questions on presidential approval and hypothetical presidential match-ups as well as textual analysis of newspapers—for the central role of racial views in explaining white Southern dealignment from the Democrats as far back as the 1940s."
politics  political-science  democrats  republicans  conservatism  the-south  racism  history 
december 2015 by tsuomela
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