January 14, 2006
A Progressive Agenda

Gar Alperovitz and Thad Williamson have published in The Nation a list of ten bold ideas to help progressives prove that the Left can improve things for the majority of Americans, not just the top 1 percent. (The article is only available to subscribers at The Nation’s web site; fortunately, Yahoo! has a copy.)

Here are the items in the list. I’ve included the authors’ explanation of the first item; the other items are described in the same fashion in the article.

  1. Real National Security
    The United States is protected by two oceanic moats; the only truly serious security threat we face is the possibility that terrorists will acquire nuclear weapons. We should shift half of the roughly $500 billion we now spend on a cold war-style defense posture and counterproductive interventionism to a fully funded antiproliferation strategy, to homeland protection and to the elimination of energy dependence on the Middle East. The first priority should be an all-out effort to reduce nuclear arms and nuclear materials. And we should begin a massive campaign to reduce proliferation pressures in Iran and North Korea, including the use of economic incentives, and work to ease the Pakistan-India nuclear rivalry.
  2. Single-Payer Universal Healthcare
  3. Real Social Security
  4. Universal Daycare
  5. A Rebuilt Educational System
  6. A Thirty-Hour Week
  7. A Fair Tax System
  8. Worker-Owned (and Community-Owned) Means of Production
  9. Planned New Communities
  10. A Twenty-First-Century Regional America

In my opinion, this is the sort of thing we should be trying for. I’ll support a Democratic candidate who will push this kind of agenda. Hell, I’d support a Republican if I really believed he or she was committed to ideas like these. But I won’t support one more in an endless series of DLC clones. Republican Lite deserves to lose.


Posted by Chuck Dupree at January 14, 2006 12:13 AM
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