Theory of Change #014: Paul Glastris on how Democrats changed


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While the Republican Party's embrace of authoritarianism has attracted a lot of media attention in recent years, the Democratic Party's inability to build a real political majority is a big reason that American conservatives haven't had to drop their unpopular views about government. After all, if Democrats were better at diagnosing and meeting the needs of the public, anti-government Republicans wouldn't be able to use cultural or religious controversies to win. For decades, polls have shown that millions of Americans who generally favor the Democratic Party don't typically vote. Some people, particularly supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, say it's because Democrats have turned them off by not expanding government enough to meet their needs. Other people say that reaching out to people through their race or gender identity is the way to go. In today's episode, Matthew Sheffield talks to Paul Glastris, editor of the Washington Monthly on what he's seen in 20 years of progressive journalism. They also talk about where Democrats have been and where they might go in the future. The full transcript of this episode is available here: Washington Monthly website: Article on Democrats and moderate voters mentioned during the program: Paul Glastris on Twitter: Theory of Change on Twitter: Matthew Sheffield on Twitter: Theory of Change is part of the Flux network, a new content community of podcasters and writers. Please visit us at to learn more and to tell us about what you're doing! Please support the show PayPal: Patreon:

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