The War on Bridges; More Boos for Fiscal Responsibility

Last Saturday, the Democratic presidential primary candidates (minus Biden) met in Chicago for a forum organized by Yearly Kos, a left/liberal blogger convention. I was happy to see Gov. Bill Richardson loudly booed and hissed when he identified deficit reduction as a top economic priority and called for a balanced budget amendment.

There are many instances when it is desirable to run deficits. After WWII, Uncle Sam made major social investments and took his sweet time in paying down war debts. Fiscal austerity at that time would have been disastrous and would have prevented the substantial improvement in American standards of living of the post-war era. Deficit-spending is also an important government tool in times of recession and depression. These days, although the deficit seems huge, in historic terms it's actually a pretty manageable (reasonably small) percentage of total U.S. GDP, a point John Edwards made in the forum.

The Minneapolis bridge collapse, the destruction of New Orleans and the shitty Eisenhower-era roads and bridges we see everywhere in this country should be a wake-up call. It's time for a massive public works program, not decifit reduction. Of course, we're not living in the '50s anymore - this time around, the emphasis should not be on the automobile but rather on energy efficient mass transit between urban, suburban and "exurban" population centers.

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Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump

February 17, 2017 · $20.00 USD

Location: MayDay Space
Where: 176 St Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
When: Friday, February 17th at 6 PM to Sunday, February 19th to 4 PM

Political Context

This Presidents’ Day weekend, the Young Democratic Socialists will gather for our annual winter conference in New York City titled Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump. We did not choose the name lightly. In doing so, we call for leftists to collectively confront Trump and Trumpism at every possible opportunity. When a Trump administration attempts mass deportations of undocumented workers, when it attempts to register Muslims or roll back worker protections, when it attempts to take away reproductive, LGTBQ, civil, or any other rights, then we must militantly resist to prevent such measures.

To succeed, this must be explicitly socialist resistance. With liberalism having repeatedly shown itself incapable of combating the far right, it is now the time for socialists to openly declare our place in building the mass, multi-racial, and working class movement necessary for defeating the Trump administration. In this struggle, millennials will play an outsized role. That is why this conference comes at such a critical time—together we must create spaces for democratic and strategic discussion, spaces to gain organizing skills, and most importantly, spaces to form networks of young radicals for the future struggles ahead. These spaces will only come together if socialists come together. Join us this Presidents Weekend and help ignite the movement to defeat the Trump administration, continue the political revolution, and build the socialist alternative.

Key Deadlines

  • January 8th: Travel Scholarship for Air Travel (for application see below)
  • January 15th: Travel Scholarship for Non-Air Travel (ex: bus, car, train, etc.)
  • February 3rd: Early Bird Registration Ends - Tickets prices go up from $5 to $10
  • February 10th: Free Housing - We have limited free housing. You need to first register, then you will be sent an application for free housing.

Apply for a travel scholarship here! (First Deadline January 8, 2017)

Check out the working program (subject to change)