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Forum Post: The Democrats: A Critical History by lance selfa

Posted 5 years ago on Aug. 27, 2014, 9:25 a.m. EST by flip (7101)
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“Lance Selfa has written one book that should be mandatory reading for everyone concerned with politics in the United States. The Democrats: A Critical History systematically debunks the notion that the Democratic Party is a progressive force, and that it can be pushed to the left by its voting base. Whether one agrees or disagrees with Selfa’s conclusion, he presents a case that cannot be ignored.” —Robert W. McChesney, co-author, The Death and Life of American Journalism

“The Democratic Party, Lance Selfa demonstrates, is the graveyard of American social movements, its grassy knolls entombing the disappointed carcasses of Populism, Progressivism, Labor, and the Green movement. The Democrats should be required reading for anyone seeking to understand why Barack Obama turned out to be the undertaker of reform.” —Roger D. Hodge, author, The Mendacity of Hope

“With a new, duly-deserved chapter on the Obama Era, Lance Selfa’s The Democrats reveals the many ways in which the establishment Democratic Party has not just dashed progressive hopes over centuries but served as a distraction from the desperately needed business of making real change in this country. Writing dismal history like this is dirty work, but somebody’s got to do it and Seifa’s straight talk actually lifts ones spirits.” —Laura Flanders, host of The Laura Flanders Show

“At a time when our political discourse has reached its basest depths, and many are left scratching their heads as to why corporate America is stronger than ever while the rest of us reel in this recession, Lance Selfa’s timely book helps us understand clearly why the Democratic Party is its own worst enemy. With solid and meticulous research to back his claims, Selfa’s analysis is crucial to progressive understanding of the state of American politics.” —Sonali Kolhatkar, host, Uprising Radio, KPFK

“Worthy reading for anyone who is interested in social change.” —MediaMouse.org

“The Democrats is at its best not just when analyzing Democratic foibles — and there are plenty — but when assessing how the party stifles dissent…. Lance Selfa has crafted a smart, readable history of the Democrats that reminds us of the party’s allegiance to capital.” —Eleanor J. Bader, The Indypendent

“If you’ve ever wondered where the democracy is in the Democratic Party and why US elections rarely seem to change anything, this book will explain the where and the why. Providing readers with the history of the Democrats from its genesis as the party of the slaveholders to the neoliberal DLC, author Selfa describes the Democrats’ role in diverting Americans’ desire for change.” —Ron Jacobs, Counterpunch



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[-] 3 points by turbocharger (1756) 5 years ago

The history of both of these parties is absolutely horrifying.

And yet there they still are, standing proud with more power than ever. Millions of people begging them to save them.

Begging them to solve the issues for them.