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May 2019

Greetings to the Micah/IBC family,

As the build-up to the 2020 national election evolves, several candidates for the highest office are describing themselves as social democrats. This ideology has gained popularity since the last presidential election when only one major candidate espoused this point of view.

So when a Commonweal article about this philosophy caught the attention of John Fontana, he selected that piece for this month's reading. This essay is adapted from the book, "Social Democracy in the Making: Political and Religious Roots of European Socialism." The author is Gary Dorrien who teaches at Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University.

As the title suggests, this excerpt provides historical background to European democratic socialism. This backdrop is relevant as our social, political, and economic attitudes seem to be changing.

Dorrien postulates that there is widespread recognition that neoliberal capitalism works only for a minority and is ecologically harmful. He states that the popularity of democratic socialism among young people reflects a growing recognition that economic justice is fundamental to all struggles for justice and liberation. The writer believes that the resurgence of democratic socialism is related to the desire of young people to join a movement which encompasses all social justice commitments.

Some may challenge these assertions. Nonetheless, the background about social democracy's roots is useful as we listen, learn, and assess various viewpoints espoused by our political candidates.

This is our final message from the IBC Chapter for the season, and we will resume communications in September. Enjoy the remainder of Spring and the Summer season.

Wally Kennedy

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