Up From Liberalism

WINTER 2016 | ISSUE 20

The German Social Democratic Party therefore does not fight for new class privileges and class rights, but for the abolition of class rule and of classes themselves, for equal rights and equal obligations for all, without distinction of sex or birth. Starting from these views, it fights not only the exploitation and oppression of wage earners in society today, but every manner of exploitation and oppression, whether directed against a class, party, sex, or race.

—The German Social Democratic Party’s Erfurt Program (1891)


Shawn Gude


Luca Yety Battaglia

The Not-So Golden Age

The Dynamics of Retreat

Robert Brenner

The politics that underpinned the welfare state brought about its very collapse.

It’s Their Party

Paul Heideman

A generation ago, socialists and civil rights activists tried to transform the Democratic Party. Why did they fail?

The Third Way

Atari Democrats

Lily Geismer

As organized labor lost strength, the Democratic Party turned to professional-class voters to shore up its base.

The Third Way International

Curtis Atkins

Throughout the 1990s, Democratic Leadership Council figures launched a campaign to take their ideology global.

How a Democrat Killed Welfare

Premilla Nadasen

Bill Clinton gutted welfare and criminalized the poor, all while funneling more money into the carceral state.

The Business Veto

Shawn Gude

The demise of social democracy shows the precariousness of any project of reform under capitalism.

The Void Stares Back

Mike Beggs

Has the decline of the mass party caused the decline of democracy itself?

A Better Way

The Making of Jeremy Corbyn

Hilary Wainwright

Jeremy Corbyn drew on the historic struggles of the Labour left and new social movements to power his successful party leadership bid.

Searching for New Politics

Adam Hilton

The Democratic Party has a history of throwing up barriers to working-class organization that Bernie Sanders will find hard to overcome.

A Long Way to Go

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn on his surprising rise to the top of the Labour Party and the challenges he now faces.

“In economics, there are two solutions.
Either you are a Leninist.
Or you won’t change anything.”

—François Mitterrand