Chair Karen Bernal Co-Authors Party Autopsy

Karen Bernal, Chair of the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party, co-authored an analysis of the 2016 election called Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis. The white paper hit the media on Monday, October 30, and has received attention from numerous media outlets, including The Nation and The Washington Times.

Democrats will not win if they continue to bring a wonk knife to a populist gunfight. Nor can Democratic leaders and operatives be seen as real allies of the working class if they’re afraid to alienate big funders or to harm future job or consulting prospects.
— “Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis.”

Karen and co-author Norman Soloman held a press conference at the National Press Club on Thursday, November 2, 2017.

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One thought on “Chair Karen Bernal Co-Authors Party Autopsy

  • December 29, 2017 at 03:14
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    The Democratic Party needs another FDR, a “traitor to his class”. Warren Buffett bemoans that he pays less tax as a percent of income than his secretary but he gives his billions to the Gates Foundation, lifting up the poor in other countries, but doing nothing to challenge the greedy rich in America.
    The Silicon Valley billionaires need a reason to support a fundamental change from neoliberalism to progressive, collective investment in the future. They see the United States drifting into a third world kleptocracy, with a large underclass, and they react to this by buying huge estates and bomb shelters in New Zealand.
    These billionaires think they are better chaperones of their money than the government. The government doesn’t know how to measure investment whereas they are successful business persons. The government shifts their income to the less well off, which does nothing for investment. But they are investing in the future. They are funding efforts to eliminate death. They are funding efforts to colonize Mars.
    In the past it took a large war to unite a country, to get the rich to invest in national productivity. Despite the USA’s mammoth defense spending, another world war is out of the question. It is time to rethink how to unite the American people.
    There is a massive amount of human capital available to energize the country. Invest in the people and the rewards will return to the leaders.
    The ruling class needs to be convinced. This argument is still to be made. Let’s do the research to find the pivot points.

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