This is a report on and some thoughts inspired by “American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation with Michael Kazin,”a panel discussion hosted by Demos. I have described them before as broadly wanting a New Deal. I will add to that – they are progressives, or Left Democrats, or “Obama-pushers.” This constitutes one of the Lefts represented at the event. The other is Occupy Wall Street, which was represented by one of their organizers.
In The New York Times “Sunday Review” of Sept. 25, 2011, Michael Kazin, a co-editor of Dissent magazine, published an article entitled “Whatever Happened to the American Left?” It is drawn from a new book of his entitled American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation. In the article (full disclosure: I have not read the book, only the review that appeared in The Times Sunday Book Review on Sept. 18) Mr. Kazin attributed the aforementioned decline to a number of factors. Continue reading →