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Democratic Socialists of America

Anatomy Of A Cancellation

I’ll just assume everyone knows who the Democratic Socialists of America are.  If not, you can look them up easily enough, but they probably represent the biggest organized political group to the left of the Democratic Party today (or on the left of the Democratic Party, depending).  As any sensible democratic socialist organization would do, they are actively supporting the Portland city workers in their contract negotiations with the city, and their plan for an imminent strike. Then we need to introduce another prominent character in the sordid tale, me.  Those of you reading this on my blog probably don’t need any explanation on this and you can skip this paragraph, but if you’re reading this on another platform and don’t know much about the author of this post here, I’m a leftwing singer/songwriter, I make a living as such, I travel and perform for a wide variety of leftwing groups in many different countries, I’m in the top 4% of artists on Spotify, with lots of obviously leftwing music that’s been getting recorded and released for the past 28 years.

DSA’s Moment Of Truth

Now that Democrats control the House, Senate, and the Presidency, expectations have been raised around covid relief, rent relief, a Green New Deal, cancelling student debt and Medicare For All. Covid has especially elevated the demand of Medicare For All: the trillion dollar healthcare industry that annually leaves tens of thousands of uninsured dying unnecessary deaths — while bankrupting hundreds of thousands more — has proven a historic failure in the face of the pandemic, while pushing millions more into the realm of the uninsured. The totality of the disaster is similar to a poorer nation in the throes of war or famine.
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