The Preference-Action Disparity in Congress
Opinion, Politics

The Preference-Action Disparity in Congress

The United States Congress has long been noted for its abysmal approval rating. Gallup's most recent polling places Congressional approval at a dismal 21%. Sadly enough, this is actually a 3% improvement when compared to Gallup's polling over the previous month. It is safe to assume that some of this disapproval derives from a broader sense of anti-government skepticism firmly entrenched within American culture, but much of it derives from the Preference-Action Disparity found within the halls of Congress. In every realm of public policy lies a major disconnect between the desires of the American people and the actions of Congress. This claim is substantiated by extensive polling, and reflects the broader failure of American representative democracy when practiced in its current...
What To Expect From A Biden Administration
Opinion, Politics

What To Expect From A Biden Administration

As a democratic socialist, voting for Joe Biden come November will fundamentally tear a hole in the fabric of my very existence. He is emblematic of a broader neoliberal consensus within the Democratic Party, and has contributed to the growth of mass incarceration, the subprime mortgage crisis, and the rejuvenation of the Libyan slave trade over the course of his 48 years in elected office.  Nonetheless, within the painfully dichotomous structure of American electoral politics, we have been provided a painful ultimatum, one that former Bernie Sanders campaign co-chair Nina Turner described as, "having to eat half a bowl of shit instead of the whole thing."  While I caution voters to avoid complacency, a Joe Biden administration seems all but likely at this point in time. Every ...