All these titles are selected not only on the basis of their excellence, but also because of their availability in print for reasonable prices. Other titles that are highly recommended but more difficult to find outside of libraries are Eduard Bernstein, Evolutionary Socialism; Michael Harrington, Fragments of the Century; and Irving Howe, Socialism and America.
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We could list a series of magazines of interest to New Social Democrats, but for simplicity’s sake will emphatically recommend just one: Dissent. This indispensable quarterly was launched by its editor, Irving Howe, in 1954 in midst of the American Celebration of the Eisenhower era. It continues its work of educating the newest generation of social democrats in this country under the more recent guidance of Michael Walzer and Michael Kinsley.
Recommended Cable Series
The same applies to this medium in that rather than take a scattergun approach and recommend a whole list of sources, we find it better to stress one exceptional series at this initial stage, the superb Danish political drama, Borgen. In three seasons produced and set in the early 2010’s, the program imagines the story of Denmark’s first female prime minister who leads the Center-Left Moderates. It is a superbly-acted study of the age-old tensions between principle and tactics and the related challenges of coalition governance. Season 3 has the lead character, Birgitte Nyborg, launch a new party, the New Democrats. The choice of New Social Democrats as the name for our own fresh endeavor is no accident. Borgen is scheduled to return for a new season in 2021. We have great plans for that year as well!