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  •  but isn't compromise part of the problem? (0+ / 0-)
    I think that some liberals are afraid to make a populist appeal because they are afraid of populism on non-economic issues.  I advocate being willing to compromise on those non-economic issues if necessary to rebuild the Democratic Party as a progressive-populist alliance built around economic issues.
    This sounds a lot like what's being discussed, except to do with non-economic issues: our willingness (or determination) to compromise on issues that should be fundamental to our identity, and then getting rolled by the people we're trying to make a good-faith deal with, because they aren't willing to make a good-faith deal and never were.  What do you think right-leaning blue collar "flyover country" populist types will want from us in exchange for their votes on a progressive economic agenda?  What makes you think they even want to trade something for their votes ... because most of them seem to think that conservative economics is an indispensable part of their broader agenda.  What can we give them without throwing our more reliable constituencies under the bus?

    To those who say the New Deal didn't work: WWII was also government spending

    by Visceral on Sun Aug 26, 2012 at 06:23:06 PM PDT

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    •  What issues are fundamental to our identity? (1+ / 0-)
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      I argue that economic issues of the sort that united the New Deal Coalition should be the ones most fundamental to our identity, but aren't.  This opened the door for neoliberals who were allies on social issues to come in and move the party to the right on economics.  My idea is to embark on a long-term plan to reconfigure ideological alliances that would have the effect of swapping out pro-corporate neoliberals in favor of cultivating a left-leaning economic populist bloc that might not be so liberal on social issues.  If that means causing conflict by throwing people under the bus, well, I embrace conflict.

      •  civil rights broke up the New Deal coalition (0+ / 0-)

        It will be very difficult to appeal to blue-collar whites without having to put a lot of the civil rights platform on the back burner, and many would argue that doing so is basically the same thing as repudiating it completely.  But then the rich people who fund the party don't want to talk about class either.

        We're caught between a rock and a hard place - our funders don't want economic populism, while most of our base doesn't want social/cultural populism.  The only reason we're there at all is because we aim to represent people rather than tell them what's going to happen the way conservatives can.

        To those who say the New Deal didn't work: WWII was also government spending

        by Visceral on Sun Aug 26, 2012 at 06:48:26 PM PDT

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