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  • Eduardo Porter, in this New York Times "Economic Scene" piece, offers critical insights into how Democrats can take back the nation. He argues for a focus on policies, like apprenticeships for high schools grads, living wages tied to regional cost-of-living indexes, and aid to small business formation, that will open doors of opportunity and rebuild a thriving middle class.

  • Writing in the Washington Post, columnist Catherine Rampell argues that a blanket $15 national minimum wage may well decrease employment prospects in lower-income areas of the country. Consider, $15 is higher than the median hourly wage in several states: these states enjoy much lower costs-of-living than coastal urban areas. The Social Democrat support living wages pegged to regional housing costs.

  • Single-payer healthcare has become the quintessential issue for some on the Democratic left. Joshua Holland, fellow at the Nation Institute, argues in this Nation piece that there may be more realistic—and effective—paths to universal healthcare access.

  • In this refreshing piece of journalism from The Nation, author-journalist Ann Jones looks at the prospects for establishing single-payer healthcare, and other social democracy intitiatives, at the state level. The article takes an especial look at the candidature of Ben Jealous for Maryland governor.

  • Writing on the Social Europe website, Karin Pettersson (political editor-in-chief at Aftonbladet, Scandinavia’s biggest daily newspaper and visiting professor at Harvard) offers a trenchant evaluation of today’s economic imbalances and calls for a greater commitment to core social democratic principles.

  • August 3, 2017—With the Trump administration threatening programs designed to insure diversity on college campuses, this well-argued New York Times op-ed reminds us why such programs exist and of the vital purposes they serve.

  • August 3, 2017—Trump will ballyhoo recent stock market highs as evidence of a strong Trump economy. As this Washington Post "Wonkblog" analysis explains, stock market gains do little for the average American.

  • The Social Democrat finds it fascinating to watch politics in a nation where social democracy is an established, ongoing experiment. No issue has been more prominent in French politics of late than France’s extensive employement code. Critics, like France’s new president, claim that its protections for workers go too far, hindering job creation. For the old-guard socialist left, the employment code is sacred turf, its critics traitors to the leftist project.  Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell offers a neat summary of the issue.

  • 41 million Americans work for less than $15 per hour: it is time that all who make our economy work be granted a respectable livelihood.

  • In the wake of Republicans’ first “repeal and replace” disaster, economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman offers sensible improvements for the Affordable Care Act.

  • This insightful New York Times op-ed piece looks at the increasing balkanization of America into a globalist, socially liberal camp and a Christian, “America-first” camp. The implications for building a solidaristic social democracy in America are profound.

  • This Washington Post “Wonkblog” piece looks at the damage inflicted on real people by Kansas’s mean-spirited and intellectually bankrupt obsession with reducing taxes under Tea Party governor Sam Brownback.

  • Military-style drug raids have led “time and again to avoidable deaths, gruesome injuries, demolished property . . . and . . . enduring trauma,” writes Kevin Sack in the New York Times.

  • A prominent German economist considers the state of social democracy in the U.S.

  • Dynasties of wealth are repugnant to democracy, equal opportunity and the meritocratic ideal which supposedly stands at the heart of the American social contract. As such, The Social Democrat believes that wealth should not be passed on between generations. In this Guardian article, journalist Abi Wilkinson makes the case for a 100% inheritance tax to fund social needs.