Sen. Tammy Baldwin speaks alongside fellow Democrats, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Sen. Joe Donnelly during an event to unveil "A Better Deal on Trade and Jobs," in front of the US Capitol on August 2, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images)
Resistance to Trump's authoritarianism will not come from the Democratic Party, despite it's rebranding efforts. As a party shaped by the ideology of neoliberalism and the power of the financial elite, Democrats will never embrace the anti-capitalist vision of radical change essential to building a democratic socialism that centers the needs of the poor, the vulnerable and the excluded in the US.
When compared with wealthy Western European countries, health care in the US is often found lacking, but how does it compare to systems in poorer countries such as Guinea or Liberia? Many in the US suffer from a comparable lack of access to facilities and exorbitant drug pricing, despite the US spending more on health care than any other country.
Capitalism places people at the service of the economy, whereas the economy of an ecological society orients production and consumption toward the health and well-being of both humans and the broader environment, says plant and soil science professor Fred Magdoff, co-author of Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation.