Democratic Federalism

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.
~ Abraham Lincoln
Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
~ U.S. Declaration of Independence Americans have woken to a new political reality, a realignment in the U.S. such that today, federal power is championed by oligarchs, and local power by democrats. This realignment represents a return to pre-Cold War political realities, in which capital owned federal power, and the labor-farm coalition championed the 10th Amendment, municipal home rule, the cooperative commonwealth, and local democracy.

The Democratic Turn of the Century: Learning from the U.S. Democracy Movement

March 18, 2015
Ben Manski

Originally published by the journal Socialism & Democracy. Contact the author for permission to reprint.

Democracy movements arose in most regions of the globe during the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Students of social change have studied many of these movements, but, remarkably, have so far failed to look at that of the United States.

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