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After Bernie

Cover Art by Zohar Lazar
The long, dark night of the end of history has to be grasped as an enormous opportunity. The very oppressive pervasiveness of capitalist realism means that even glimmers of alternative political and economic possibilities can have a disproportionately great effect. The tiniest event can tear a hole in the grey curtain of reaction which has marked the horizons of possibility under capitalist realism. From a situation in which nothing can happen, suddenly anything is possible again.
— Mark Fisher, Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? (2009)
Front Matters

Front Matters

Glory Days

Struggle Session

Briahna Joy Gray, Ari Rabin-Havt, David Sirota, and Jeff Weaver

The Oral History of the Bernie Campaign

Four key figures in Bernie Sanders’s quest for the White House on what really happened.

Means of Deduction

Means of Deduction

Numbers Don’t Lie

Vulgar Empiricist

The Social Democracy Index

We looked at the best polling from the 2020 primary season. Turns out, you can spot a Bernie Sanders supporter not just by their age, but by their support for social-democratic policies.

Uneven & Combined

How We Lost Michigan

In 2016, Bernie won a major upset in Michigan, thanks in part to a groundswell of support in the state’s rural areas. In 2020, he lost every county in the state — and the numbers show he lost many of his rural supporters, too.

Reading Materiel

Reading Materiel

Take a Look, It’s in a Book

Canon Fodder

Anton Jäger & Dominik Leusder

The Prophet of Inequality

Whatever its shortcomings, Thomas Piketty’s latest book, Capital and Ideology, is a serious attempt to map our social world without resorting to easy abstractions.

Field Notes

The Enemy Within

Leaked messages from Labour Party staff littered with casual racism and sexism show that they worked against Jeremy Corbyn and wanted to keep the Tories in power.

Bernie Sanders’s Five-Year War

Feature

Matt Karp

How he lost and where we go from here.

The Two Paths of Democratic Socialism: Coalition and Confrontation

Feature

Jared Abbott

After Bernie Sanders, democratic socialists in America face a vital strategic dilemma. Do we go the Justice Democrats route of winning gains by being the junior partner in a progressive coalition, or do we take a gamble on more independent class organization and struggle?

How the Labour Party Lost the Chance of a Lifetime

Feature

Ronan Burtenshaw

Corbynism had a popular program — but not the popular insurgency it needed to fight for it.

Illustration by Harry Haysom
Cultural Capital

Cultural Capital

Capitalist Realism

Bass & Superstructure

Alex Niven

Don’t Look Back in Anger

Britpop is often dismissed as an embarrassing, retrograde moment in British culture. But at its best, it hinted at what might have happened if the working class had managed to regain its sense of power and pride after the defeats of the 1980s.

The Tumbrel

The Tumbrel

Still Roasting Liberals

Worst Estate

David Broder

We Don’t Live in Weimar Germany

Liberals say that socialists who don’t support Joe Biden are “like the German Communists who refused to fight Hitler.” The analogy doesn’t hold up — and it’s also historically illiterate.

Leftovers

Leftovers

The Struggle Continues

Popular Front

Marilyn Arwood

We Knocked on a Million Doors for 45,000 Votes

I helped organize Bernie Sanders’s canvassing efforts in Iowa, and I learned that we can knock on as many doors as we want, but to make lasting change, we need to think beyond election day.

Popular Front

Cedric Johnson

Let’s Talk About South Carolina

Bernie Sanders didn’t lose because of the “black vote,” but winning places like South Carolina is crucial to building a left majority.

Means & Ends

Seth Ackerman

The Victory to Come

Bernie critics seem to think they dodged a bullet. They haven’t — the bullet is still on its way.