The following article includes and expands on passages from the 2021 Voter Guide written by Atlanta DSA’s Electoral committee.For a comprehensive perspective on all city council elections, we recommend reading the guide in its entirety at www.atldsa.org/21guide
What should Socialists make of the upcoming election for Atlanta mayor? Many working people are skeptical of elections in the United States. Voting in this country is needlessly complicated. Difficult voting restrictions disenfranchise large numbers of working-class people, while campaign finance laws have rendered our political system an effective oligarchy. Still, if we want to transform our society into a real democracy, we must understand the current system, corruption and all.
I remember my first days as a politically-conscious young person. In 2015, I was a high school student, tinkering around with Minecraft utopias and science fiction; at the same time, Bernie Sanders was ramping up his first run at the US Presidency. I recall key parts of the platform he spoke on that year, ranging from free public higher education, Medicare for All, and a comprehensive plan to address climate change in favor of working people. That last point in particular opened my mind to the possibilities of politics, as I realized the answer to Jim Inhofe’s infamous snowball-in-Congress denialism was not better science communication, but political power. Now, 6 years later, the most recent in a long history of American socialist upsurges is still fighting to save our planet and our people from our government and our ruling class.
The 2021 DSA convention has come to a close. This weeklong event with nearly 1500 socialists around the country participating represents a massive moment for DSA. The Atlanta chapter elected 19 delegates and 4 alternates, and many of us had the chance to speak and voice our views on different topics.
All men are created equal… Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These words tower over our country as central to the social contract that America represents — on no day more-so than July 4th, Independence Day, a day where no matter where you may be, you’ll hear the “cannons of freedom” made family-friendly and spectacular. At the same time, no day more-so than Independence Day makes clear the hypocrisies that work in unison to create the modern conception of America and its history.
Don’t beat yourself up to save the planet — fight the boss instead.
In capitalist news and corporate media, we are often presented with a binary choice of the environment versus the economy. Both Democrats and Republicans often claim that we can either have a healthy, livable planet or a strong, stable economy, but it’s impossible to have both. Is this really the case? Should we commit to one or the other, or is there a way to fight for the two together?