Kate Aronoff and Mychal Denzel Smith discuss how capitalism and neoliberalism have failed the working class, particularly people of color and other marginalized communities. Witnessing the current resurgence of democratic socialism in the United States, as exemplified by the growing membership of Democratic Socialists of America and the popularity of politicians like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, they explore how this energy might be channeled to achieve a future that is more democratic, egalitarian, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable in the age of Trump and beyond.
Journalist Kate Aronoff’s writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Nation, Dissent, Jacobin, and the New York Times. A co-editor (with Peter Dreier and Michael Kazin) of We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism—American Style (The New Press), she lives in Brooklyn.
Mychal Denzel Smith is the author of the New York Times bestseller Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching and a fellow at the Nation Institute. He has written for the New York Times, The Atlantic, Complex, The Paris Review, Harper’s, The New Republic, The Guardian, and The Root, and he has been a featured commentator on NPR, BBC radio, CNN, MSNBC, and HuffPost Live. He lives in Brooklyn.