Tag: Democratic Socialism

Organizations Call on Land Bank to Commit to Affordable Housing

Public land should be used for the public good. On January 25th, 2024, five local organizations sent a letter to the Columbus Land Bank making this demand and asking it to commit to reserving all its properties suitable for residential development for projects that are 100% and permanently affordable. The Columbus Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America authored that letter because we believe a just future depends on our public institutions committing to bold action in order to provide housing for all.

Columbus DSA Housing Priority Campaign Statement in Support of Our Unhoused Neighbors

Access to safe, affordable housing is a right. However, the city of Columbus insists on letting a “market” dictate this basic necessity, where only individuals who have enough wealth to participate in the system can afford housing. The city’s reliance on handouts to developers instead of directly working to solve the housing crisis leads to residents becoming displaced by rising rents, inflated property values, and an ever-dwindling supply of affordable options. Housing does not belong in a market.

Conversation for Comrades: A Few Pointers on Having a Strong, Socialist Discussion

These tips will help you when talking with family, a stranger on a canvass, and with other leftists. Avoid fighting people when you want to fight ideas. Sometimes you have to step away from a conflict without winning, even when you’re right, and that’s okay. Avoid negativity. Someone’s politics may not be as developed as […]

The Anti-Human Flaw in the Central Core of Capitalism

The capitalist market has produced some good fruit for some human beings and much bad fruit for the much of the world’s population across history. There is a deeper problem than this fruit. It is the way at its center it is based on a principle that hides human responsibility in the functioning of economics. […]

Socialist Anti-Racism Now and in the Past

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is an Anti-Racist organization. As we know, racism is a major challenge for our society and thus a concern for DSA. Some have called racism “America’s original sin.” Our chapter, Columbus DSA, seeks to challenge racism and realizes we need to increase our racial diversity. We begin with awareness […]

January Socialist Night School Recap

On October 28, 2019, the fascist Jair Bolsonaro was elected President of Brazil. Bolsonaro and his supporters have incited attacks on the LGBT community, university professors, leftists, indigenous populations, and others who don’t cohere with their definition of a reactionary ethnostate. Descent into fascist barbarism can be thwarted only if the proletariat is successful in […]

Hannah Holleman’s Dust Bowls of Empire, and Thoughts on the Green New Deal

The amount of support and energy that the Green New Deal has created in the past month and a half probably took some of the activists pushing for it by surprise. Evoking Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal isn’t just a way to harken back to a more progressive Democratic Party; the New Deal had to tackle […]

DSA Columbus’ Founding

Editors Note: We’ll be running periodic articles on the history of DSA and the left in Columbus. Columbus State Community College (CSCC) hired me in the fall of 1987. Dean David Hockenberry later told me he had thought there should be at least one leftist on the faculty. My dissertation was called “The Idea of […]

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