The last two months have seen the left come closer than it has in decades to nominating a U.S. presidential candidate, only to end in stinging defeat. In Congress, Democratic leaders have been on the back foot in negotiating record stimulus spending amid a historic crisis. For the U.S. left, in other words, the current moment in many ways looks like one of defeat.
Still, says Waleed Shahid, “The progressive movement is dominating the ideas conversation in the Democratic party, which was not the case five years ago.” Shahid, a veteran of Bernie Sanders’s first presidential campaign in 2016 and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset run in 2018, is now the communications director for Justice Democrats and a leading voice of left-wing realignment in the Democratic Party.
On this week’s show, Kate and Daniel talk to Shahid about how the broad left can still shape the party after the Bernie Sanders campaign; why primarying matters; whether the climate movement needs to abandon the “Green New Deal” label; and what it takes more broadly to build power in a time of monsters.
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Kate: The Urgent Message of Negative Oil Prices (The New Republic)
Waleed Shahid: Joe Biden, Here’s How to Earn Our Support (The Nation)
The Realigners: An Interview with Waleed Shahid of Justice Democrats (Joshua Leifer, Dissent)
Democrats Are Handing Donald Trump The Keys To The Country (Zach Carter, Huffington Post)
Democrats fight Green New Deal attacks on stimulus (Timothy Cama and Nick Sobczyk, E&E News)
The COVID-19 pandemic will change everything – for better or worse (Christine Berry, Verso blog)
Colossus Wears Tweed (Quinn Slobodian, Dissent)
Generation Climate Change (Varshini Prakash, Ezra Klein Show)