The story of how we got here is a very simple one:

The New Deal coalition included a bunch of Dixiecrats who became increasingly angry about northeastern urban Dems backing the civil rights movement. With the Southern Strategy, they almost all went GOP over the 70s and 80s. 1/
At the same time, the Goldwater wing of the GOP was gaining in power, buoyed by the influx of racist southern white voters from the Democrats. By 1980 these trends culminated in the so-called "Reagan Revolution" that swept the hard-right Goldwaterites into power. 2/
These developments made the "Rockefeller Republicans," i.e. moderates, very uncomfortable. At the same time, the collapse of the New Deal coalition and the resulting union-busting kneecapped the Democrats' ability to compete nationally. The GOP moderates had their opportunity. 3/
Led by the Koch-backed Democratic Leadership Council (now succeeded by groups like Third Way) the Democratic Party was taken over by these disaffected moderate Republicans. Funding that used to come from unions was replaced by chasing after wealthy conservative donors. 4/
With its moderate wing crossing the aisle, the GOP lurched even further to the right, ushering in Gingrich's "Contract With America" and the dismantling of both the welfare state and the regulatory system. It was easy with the help of newly "business friendly" Democrats. 5/
From this point on, a kind of Cult of Bipartisanship took over in Washington, as the moderate-conservative coalition that used to be housed almost entirely in the GOP now controlled both major parties. By the late 90s, this resulted in a new Gilded Age we still languish under. 6/
Meanwhile, the American left was still there, licking its wounds and growing increasingly angry about the domination of politics by Republicrats and their corporate paymasters. Slowly but surely they regained strength, accelerating under the disastrous reign of Dubya. 7/
The 2008 Democratic primary was the first crack in the façade. Clinton it DLC politics, it seemed, was on its way out. Then came the crash, and the betrayal of Obama's economic populist and anti-war promises. A decade after Seattle, Occupy was a significant watershed moment. 8/
Now, the die was cast. Battle lines were clearly emerging between the moribund Democratic leadership and a resurgent left who was looking for someone, anyone, to challenge neoliberal hegemony. Many looked to Warren, but in her cowardice she chose to sit the 2016 election out. 9/
Then along came Bernie Sanders. You know the rest of the story very well. This fight has been a long time coming, and the next 15 months will be extremely volatile. In a decade's time we'll either have Socialism or Barbarism; there is #NoMiddleGround. 10/10
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