Progressive Review - The most important political story of the moment is the Chicago Teacher’s strike. It is most dramatic expression of working class rebellion against both Republican and Democratic policies we’ve seen in years.
Here are just a couple of indications of this. First a chart:
Second a tweet from the teacher’s union: “Teachers went into 63rd street police station to use bathroom and got a standing ovation from police.” At the same time, a check of the union’s list of supporters included not one major Democratic, liberal or progressive non-union organization. So now we have cops more in the liberal tradition than the people who call themselves by that name.
As we have argued over the past few decades, the problem on the left is largely due to its desertion of the basic economic issues that created the New Deal and the Great Society. Increasingly driven by a grad school elite willing to dismiss its former basic constituency as just a bunch of bible-thumping, racists idiots, the Democratic Party has systematically destroyed its own base of support.
The Chicago teachers’ strike offers liberals a chance to reform and rebuild themselves.