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Historically, when has progressive social change ever depended more or even mostly on whether a Democ…

Historically, when has progressive social change ever depended more or even mostly on whether a Democrat or Republican is in office, rather than on what happens outside the corridors of power, in the workplaces, campuses, and neighborhoods, among the officially voiceless and disenfranchised or excluded? This is the story of the Civil Rights movement, when sit-ins and marches and a growing, relentless dissent compelled a bipartisan power structure, long comfortable with Jim Crow racism, to finally sit up and take action. This is the story of woman’s suffrage, too, the Vietnam peace movement, and labor’s long quest for the eight-hour day, benefits, and such civilized ideas like vacations. This is the story of the historical movement of democracy itself.

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