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What Realignment Looks Like

Two items this weekend from the New York Times speak to the possibility that we are well along the road to a political realignment, a theme I have been writing about for a long time. First, a column by Frank Bruni describes Steve Bannon’s plan to destroy the Republican establishment if he is unable to reshape the party in his white nationalist … Read More

If History Is A Guide, A Progressive Democratic Party May Be Closer Than You Think

By Matt Kerbel and Chris Bowers This is the last of five diaries looking at the 2016 election from the perspective of our new book Next Generation Netroots: Realignment and the Rise of the Internet Left.  Cross-posted at Daily Kos In our new book Next Generation Netroots, we tell the story of a relatively small group of philosophically-aligned citizens operating on the … Read More

A Surprising, Unexpected, Recurring Factor in Partisan Realignment—And What It Means to the Netroots

By Matt Kerbel and Chris Bowers This is the fourth of five diaries looking at the 2016 election from the perspective of our new book Next Generation Netroots: Realignment and the Rise of the Internet Left.  Cross-posted at Daily Kos At several moments in American history we have experienced inflection points in our political direction. 1828. 1860. 1932. 1968. In these years, … Read More

Bernie’s Loss Highlights the Progressive Movement’s Greatest Liability

By Matt Kerbel and Chris Bowers This is the third of five diaries looking at the 2016 election from the perspective of our new book Next Generation Netroots: Realignment and the Rise of the Internet Left. See part one, The Unmistakable Lesson of the Sanders Campaign: The Left-Wing is Ascendent in the Democratic Party, and part two, The Biggest Difference … Read More

The Biggest Difference Between Clinton and Sanders Wasn’t Policy. It Was Something More Important

By Matt Kerbel and Chris Bowers This is the second of five diaries looking at the 2016 election from the perspective of our new book Next Generation Netroots: Realignment and the Rise of the Internet Left. Click here for part one: The unmistakable lesson of the Sanders campaign: The left-wing is ascendent in the Democratic Party. Cross-posted at Daily Kos. At its core, the … Read More

The Unmistakable Lesson of the Sanders Campaign: The Left-Wing Is Ascendent in the Democratic Party

By Matt Kerbel and Chris Bowers This is the first of five diaries looking at the 2016 election from the perspective of our new book Next Generation Netroots: Realignment and the Rise of the Internet Left. Cross-posted at Daily Kos. Is America on the verge of a long-term progressive realignment? Or are we about to enter a period of sustained … Read More

Now Available: “Next Generation Netroots” at a 33% Discount

If you are enjoying the commentary on Wolves and Sheep, I invite you to check out my new book Next Generation Netroots: Realignment and the Rise of the Internet Left, co-authored with Chris Bowers of Daily Kos and just published by Routledge. The book explores the ascendency of the online progressive movement in the social media age and its contribution to today’s unstable politics. You … Read More