Pushing The Democratic Party Left: 40 Years Of In These Times

Pushing the Democratic Party Left: 40 Years of In These Times

November 17, 2016

Sometime in 1979 when I was 23, living in Columbia, Mo., and teaching peace studies at the University of Missouri, a young man knocked on my front door and introduced himself as Dave Rathke. He said he was from St. Louis and worked as an organizer for the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union. He had gotten my address from the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC), an offshoot of the Socialist Party of Eugene V. Debs, to which we both belonged.
Rathke had come by to introduce me to In These Times. I subscribed and was soon hooked on what the …

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