Another of the articles to which I’ve been devoting my time has been published! It’s part of the Up For Debate series at In These Times, in which they pose a question for two authors to debate. In this one, my co-author is fellow DSA member Chris Maisano, whose work is included in the ABCs of Socialism, and we’re discussing whether democratic socialists ought to participate in the corrupt two-party system. I was honored to be asked to contribute to this debate in support of the “yes, we should” side. I think there’s a case to be made for both sides. My stance rests on the conditions of the present moment that I see before me; I could be convinced to change my mind, should conditions change or a better alternative present itself. Suffice it to say, I am not a fan of the Democratic Party.
For this debate, Chris wrote the opening round; I got 48 hours to write a response; he had another 48 hours to respond to that; and I got the same amount of time to write my second segment. Since I normally like to mull over my drafts for a long time to see if they still make sense a few days later, this was outside my comfort zone—and for that reason (among others!) I’m really glad I participated.
Without further ado, here’s the piece: