An Existential Struggle to Win Control of the Economy from the 1%

Nov 20, 2019

photo: Left, Jeremy Bernard Corbyn (Credit: Chris McAndrew • CC BY 3.0)
Also Left, Bernard Sanders (Credit: Gage Skidmore • CC BY-SA 2.0)

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Forty years ago, politics in the UK and the USA lurched way to the right. Margaret Thatcher was elected in 1979; Ronald Reagan a year later. A new, cruel era was born.

In both countries, the post-WWII social democratic social contract was systematically unravelled and a new era of “the market knows best” ideology prevailed, and unfortunately, this logic spread like wildfire around the globe.

A full four decades later, we know the results: flat wages and weakened unions; the maintenance of institutionalized racism; dismantled financial and environmental regulations; unjust, imbalanced tax policy; wealth re-distribution upwards; the earth flooded and on fire.

Yet the short-sighted elite, the 1%, the sole beneficiaries of this system want to see this disastrous social order maintained; and they bring all their overwhelming resources to bare.

 

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Fortunately, in 2015, two veteran progressive politicians emerged to challenge this wretched social system known as neo-liberalism; one in the UK, one in the USA—Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders.

Now, exactly forty years on, they are the standard bearers for the left, running for Thatcher’s and Reagan’s old jobs, respectively.

Today, Corbyn squared off against the execrable Boris Johnson (aka England’s Trump) in the first debate of the UK General Election season.

Tomorrow, Bernie takes the stage for another Democratic Party Presidential candidate debate in Atlanta. Live tweet with us @PDAmerica.

The stakes couldn’t be higher—we need to put the politics of Thatcher and Reagan into the dustbin of history where they belong.

PDA is on the front lines, opposing neo-liberalism nationally and globally. We are the organization that drafted Bernie to run for president in 2016.

We are also in the process of establishing a new PDA overseas—Progressive Democrats Abroad—with our international chapter being launched by a group of Corbyn supporters in the UK.

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