DSA’s Explosive Growth: A Marxist Analysis

People's War

By Joaquín Bustelo.

On July 26, National Public Radio’s website ran a story, “What You Need To Know About The Democratic Socialists Of America.” A week earlier, Morning Edition had aired a substantial segment on the group, “Getting To Know The DSA.” Two days earlier, CNN had taken its turn with “‘We want to democratize everything’: Inside DSA’s rise with its leader.”

I think these and similar articles should lead socialists and activists in social movements to think about this: the DSA is closing in on 48,000 members.

What’s up with that?

Because a group with 4,000 members is double the size of one with 2,000 members, and one with 8,000 four times as large. But a group with 48,000 members is not just 24 times larger: it is a qualitatively different phenomenon.

DSA began to grow with the Bernie Sanders campaign, but membership really took off after…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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