So Franklin Roosevelt’s election in 1932 opened the way for the labor movement, and John F. Kennedy’s election in 1960 created the political area during which the civil rights motion grew—and all the remainder of sixties and seventies radicalism, too. But typically, all that socialists-in-office or liberals-in-workplace are in a position to do is to carry again the “pure” aggrandizement of energy and wealth (and sometimes they don’t even do that).
More than half a century ago, the British social theorist A.D. Lindsay described the “dissenting” Protestant congregations of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain as colleges for democracy. They were that, however that they had intrinsic in addition to instrumental value—and this is true at present of all of the associations of civil society that engage the energy and idealism of their members.
There is now a corporation within the United States called the Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA)—the youth … Read More