The Democratic Socialists of America is the largest socialist organization in the country and has for decades served as “left wing of the possible” in the broader political spectrum. DSA is not a political party, but rather a political organization that aims to improve the lives of working-class people of all races and ethnicities through various initiatives. Democratic socialists believe in a government that is truly of the people, for the people, and by the people, and support the democratization of government and powerful economic institutions as a means to achieving that end.
DSA has for decades functioned within the Democratic Party as the “left wing of the possible.” Democratic socialists believe in a government that is truly of the people, for the people, and by the people, and support the democratization of government and powerful economic institutions as a means to achieving that end.
For too long, we have seen a rightward slide in U.S. politics as corporations have grown more powerful and influential, buying candidates on both sides of the political aisle. Our political system has been hijacked, and the United States no longer functions as democracy, but rather a corporatocracy that puts profits over people. Under this system, the middle class has shrunk, the under class has grown, and a select few have amassed unprecedented amounts of wealth.
Nothing short of a full restructuring of our institutions and who controls them will remedy this problem in the long term. But because we recognize that an immediate end to capitalism is unlikely, DSA fights for reforms that will weaken the power of corporations and increase the power of working people in the short term. DSA is committed to bring about “non-reformist” or “transformational” reforms. In Michigan, our efforts include promoting single-payer healthcare, a $15 minimum wage, and free college tuition.
Tens of thousands of people across the country have coalesced around this agenda as the failures of late-stage capitalism, coupled with the optimism generated by Bernie Sanders’ historic presidential candidacy, have resurrected socialism in America. Michigan is one of many places that has seen an explosion in DSA membership, with organizers now spread across ten localities and college campuses, including Ann Arbor – Ypsilanti, Flint, Marquette, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Traverse City. Metro Detroit’s long-standing DSA chapter, meanwhile, has seen a threefold increase in membership.
For the first time in decades, there’s momentum toward real change. But in order to stand a chance in beating back the ills of our deeply entrenched capitalist system. We will work to fight racism and build a multi-racial left. We understand that a divided working class is a defeated working class, therefore we must first grow our ranks. No country has ever fully instituted democratic socialism, and making that happen in the United States will require consistent pressure. We suffer from a lack of example, but history is defined by unprecedented action. Join us as we embark on the path toward equity and justice.