Every socialist has a responsibility to take seriously the way forward for the workers' movements. Thinking about strategy requires information and critical reflection. To that end, we welcome you to the inaugural issue of New Kentucky, the newsletter of the Lexington Democratic Socialists of America.
Capitalism is a political and economic system in which a small, privileged few — the ruling class — control the world and its resources (which they consider to be their “private property”) and exploit the majority of humanity.
On July 20, 1969, one month before Woodstock and the very day Neil Armstrong would make the first successful moonwalk, a young white guy in a denim work coat, sunglasses, and beret took the stage at the Black Panther Party’s National Conference For A United Front Against Fascism in Oakland California. His name was Bill Fesperman, but he went by Preacherman among his comrades.
I’ll never forget the evening of Thursday, May 28th. The Minneapolis Police Precinct 3 was burnt to the ground. Around the same time in Kentucky, the Louisville Police Department deployed tear gas on a small crowd of around 300 peaceful protestors. The following morning I began receiving messages all asking the same question. “You going to Louisville tonight?”
Neoliberalism, as defined by David Harvey in his book A Brief History of Neoliberalism, is “a theory of political and economic practices that proposes that human well-being can best be advanced by liberating individual entrepreneurial freedoms and skills within an institutional framework characterized by strong private property rights, free markets, and free trade.”