Magazine article In These Times

Letter from the Editor

Magazine article In These Times

Letter from the Editor

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The first 2020 presidential campaign-Elizabeth Warren's- launched before 2018 came to a close. Ready or not, the primaries are upon us.

Last time around, we witnessed the immense potential of the primaries as a vehicle for political change. Bernie Sanders' campaign shifted the national conversation to the left in stunning ways, and democratic socialism became the talk of Thanksgiving dinners.

Unlike last time, the run-up to 2020 will likely feature a large field of candidates. The Left is now in the unusual position of being courted by many of them.

ITT's editorial team met in January to discuss how to approach this fraught political moment. Some of us worry that political infighting will become toxic for the Left. Others worry that those who challenge the Democratic Party's liberal establishment will be told doing so is too divisive.

To thread that needle, we will strive for rigorous critique that never devolves into mudslinging. …

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