Monday’s Mtg: Progressivism After Obama

President Obama still has 783 days left in office. But, like the Christmas lights I just put up, I suppose it’s never too early to start preparing for post-Obama American politics. Even though the Republicans just enjoyed a big mid-term election victory, a lot of political navel gazing in recent years has speculated on whether demographic changes are slowly growing an “emerging Democratic majority” in this country, or even an emerging progressive majority. A lot of people doubt this will happen, and I’m one of them. But, I thought now might be a good time to take stock of how the progressive movement will evolve the res tof the decade and whether a progressive-based majority coalition is even possible.

Below are some discussion questions for our meeting and links to some of the better speculation on where progressivism stands right now and may go in the future. Have a good weekend, maybe peruse a few of them , and I’ll see you on Monday night.

And remember – we will be seated at a different table in our Coco’s. look for us in the back of the main dining room, since they’re using our normal banquet room spot as pie storage for the duration of the holidays.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS –

  1. MEANING: What’s a good working definition for us of progressivism in terms of (1) a political and moral philosophy, and (2) its major component policies?
  2. POPULARITY: How large is the progressive voter base right now? Which parts of the progressive vision command majority public support and which parts are unpopular? Why don’t more Americans support progressivism?
  3. OBAMA: How progressive are his achievements? Did he help to build a stronger (or weaker) progressive movement?
  4. FUTURE: Are demographic changes ushering in an “emerging Democratic majority?” What could prevent or hasten its rise?
  5. How will the actions of conservatives affect the future of progressivism?

LINKS –

How progressive was (is – 783 days left!) Obama?

  • We discussed this in August and I summed up both sides of the argument.
  • It had some pretty good links, I thought.

Progressivism is doomed and already has lost –

Progressivism will triumph –

Neither side will triumph –

Next Week The Future of American Masculinity

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3 responses

  1. I have always felt that there is a “progressive” majority in the country; or at least, that it is not Republican.
    The question, then, is why Republicans control the Congress, both houses.
    One answer, of course, is gerrymanders. In the last election, did the Republicans get a majority of votes for either house? They did not in 2012.
    Another is low voter participation. Since total turnout was about 36%, Republicans could achieve a “majority” with 18-20% of the vote, suitably distributed.
    Finally, Republicans have had tremendous success in inducing voters to vote, against their own interests, using wedge issues.
    So the question might be reformulated, how can we get would-be “progressives” to vote?

  2. I finally found it! some sage advice on what Hillary and Dems should run on in 2016.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/02/staving-off-a-democratic-civil-war.html

  3. I take the point that the Democrats are perceived as caring about only the very poor, illegal immigrants, people w/out health insurance etc. 85% of voters have health insurance.

    You cannot attract the support of a majority, without showing that you care about them too.

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