Crosscut Talks

Is Socialism the Future of the Democratic Party?

May 24, 2019

Socialism may ignite the ire of Republicans and many baby boomers, but it is gaining broad acceptance from millennials as politicians like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Bernie Sanders urge the country to adopt some of its tenets. We bring together socialist Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, Democratic Socialist upstart Sarah Smith and Washington state Democratic Party Chair Tina Podlodowski to talk about what socialism is, what it isn’t and how it could play into the future of the Democratic party. Atlas Obscura CEO and Slate Political Gabfest co-host David Plotz leads the discussion. This conversation was recorded on May 4, 2019 at Seattle University as part of the Crosscut Festival.