The Democratic Party dates to 1828 and the Republican Party dates to 1856. They’ve each been in power about half the time over the last century-and-a-half.

I don’t say they’re “just the same.” At any given point in time they differ from each other and, in fact, they differ relative to past orientations. The Republicans were progressive during the mid-nineteenth century and then again during the early twentieth. The Dems drifted leftward during the 1930s, but twenty years later their Dixiecrat wing was extremely reactionary.

Since Teddy Roosevelt gave way to Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover the Republicans have generally been a greater evil. Under Democratic administrations there have been some progressive advances. But, taking a macro-view of things, after more than a century of duopoly domination we still hear lamentations about extreme inequality, continuing racial oppression, militarism, geopolitical imperial over-reach, and ecological crisis, as well as (on a more personal level) an opioid/depression epidemic and bankruptcies due to medical expenses.

We hear about social problems remaining entrenched.

What to do?

Keep voting Democratic?

I guess that can make sense if you believe that truly alternative voices like those of Bernie and AOC will soon come to the fore within the Democratic Party. This can be debated. But having seen supporters of George McGovern, Ted Kennedy, Paul Wellstone, Jesse Jackson, Dennis Kucinich, etc. fail to make much of a dent, I remain as dubious as I was in 1968.

I didn’t think then and I don’t think now that it makes sense to keep voting for a party that’s part of the problem, not part of the solution.

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Put more starkly:

Everybody seems to be talking about impending collapse . . .

“Let’s keep voting Democratic” . . . ?????????

A co-editor of Green Horizon Magazine, Steve has been a Green movement activist for almost thirty years.