E21: Democratic socialists versus the Republican Party (5 min + 10 min)

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E21: Democratic socialists versus the Republican Party (5 min + 10 min)
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E21: Democratic socialists versus the Republican Party (5 min + 10 min)
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Show Notes

Even after Trump, the Republican Party will remain a powerful institutional base for the far right in the U.S. We cannot take on the far right without taking on the Republican Party. How we do this without compromising our independence as socialists will be a defining challenge over the next few years.

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