Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson is the executive editor of The American ProspectHis email is hmeyerson@prospect.org.

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Bernie, Hillary, and the Ghost of Ernst Thalmann

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(Photo: AP/Andrew Harnik) Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on July 12, where he endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. B ernie Sanders is no longer campaigning against Hillary Clinton. He’s campaigning against Donald Trump and the ghost of Ernst Thälmann. Ernst who? Thälmann was the leader of the German Communist Party from the late 1920s until the Nazis arrested him a few months after they took power in 1933. But to the degree that anyone remembers Thälmann today, it’s for the absurd and calamitous party line—handed down by Joseph Stalin, but which Thälmann ensured that all German communists would echo—that he and his comrades advocated during Hitler’s ascent to power. In the last years of the Weimar Republic, the real menace to Germany, Thälmann argued, wasn’t the Nazis but the Communists’ center-left, and more successful, rival for the backing of German workers: the Social Democrats. The SDs, he said, were actually “social...

Why the Democrats Need to Sink the TPP

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Alex Milan Tracy/Sipa via AP Images Protesters gathered outside a World Affairs Council meeting on the Trans Pacific Partenership with the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei in Portland, Oregon, on March 21, 2016. O f all the misfortunes that may befall Hillary Clinton and the Democrats at their upcoming convention, the one they have most reason to fear is a platform fight over the Trans-Pacific Partnership. By repudiating the TPP, which has yet to come before Congress, and promising to repudiate those trade deals already in effect, Donald Trump is clearly scoring points with voters in Rust Belt states whose support the Democrats have long counted on in presidential elections. Earlier this year, Clinton reversed her provisional endorsement of the TPP, thereby aligning her position not only more closely with those Rust Belt voters’, but also with Bernie Sanders’s and most of the Democratic establishment (unions, environmentalists, and a clear majority of Democratic members of Congress). Yet the...

How Democrats Can Unify in California

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(Photo: AP/Barbara Munker) Supporters gather at a rally for Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders on June 6, 2016, at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. W hat should California’s Bernie Brigades do now? How should they proceed with the revolution once the Democratic convention formally bestows its nomination on Hillary Clinton? If Sanders backers (or, for that matter, Clinton supporters) want to involve themselves in November’s elections without leaving the Golden State, there are a number of contests for state office in which a keystone issue of the socialist’s campaign—breaking the hold that big money has on our system—is effectively on the ballot. For even as Sanders campaigned up and down the state against the corrosive role of money in politics, and as Clinton was condemning the plutocratic consequences of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, corporate money was carving an ever-larger role for itself in California politics—California Democratic politics,...

Harmony and Dissonance: Two Meetings of the Democrats and the Left

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AP Photo/Michael Dinneen Bernie Sanders supporter Stephen Wong, left, and Hillary Clinton supporter Benita Lozano stand up for their candidates at the Democratic party caucus in Anchorage, Alaska, March 26, 2016. F or Democrats and progressives concerned about whether their disparate forces can come together this November to defeat Donald Trump, and whether they can continue to prod the Democrats leftward in the coming months and years, two conferences held this past weekend offered some hopeful signs. In Chicago, the “People’s Summit” convened by National Nurses United and attended by 3,000 Bernie Sanders partisans, focused its attention not on this year’s Democratic divisions but on how to build a left-liberal infrastructure over the next several years. In Long Beach, at a meeting of the California Democratic Party’s executive committee, backers of both Sanders and Hillary Clinton signed on unanimously to a compromise resolution that called for reducing the number and power of super...