Harold Meyerson

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

Recent Articles

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...

The Two Democratic Victors

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AP Photo/Frank Franklin II Democratic presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders, right, and Hillary Clinton clap after the singing of the National Anthem at the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Thursday, April 14, 2016, New York. H illary Clinton has won the Democratic nomination for president, while Bernie Sanders has won the party’s battle of ideas. That may be cold comfort to the Sanders faithful, but it shouldn’t be: He clearly has transformed both the Democrats and the substance of American liberalism. The challenge now facing the party, at its forthcoming convention and beyond, is how to build on both victories. There are two metrics by which we can measure Sanders’s ideological and programmatic success. The first is to measure the number of issues on which Clinton changed her positions to embrace his—and the number of issues on which Sanders changed his positions to embrace hers. By my tally, the presumptive nominee reversed her stance...