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 –
- 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?
- 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?
- OBAMA: How progressive are his achievements? Did he help to build a stronger (or weaker) progressive movement?
- FUTURE: Are demographic changes ushering in an “emerging Democratic majority?” What could prevent or hasten its rise?
- How will the actions of conservatives affect the future of progressivism?
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 –
- Progressives do NOT control the Democratic Party. Recommended. In fact, they might be purged from it.
- Have progressives already given up on all the big priorities anyway?
Progressivism will triumph –
- Liberalism can and will survive the Obama presidency. Recommended
- The future belongs to liberalism. Recommended
- This is because new voters will bring new values to our politics. More here. Either.
- But, progressives must organize to build that future, not just passively wait for it.
Neither side will triumph –
- There are no inevitable coalitions in American politics. Recommended.
- The culture wars will never end – We’ll just change which issues we fight over.
Next Week The Future of American Masculinity