Higher Education Watch
A New Kind of Campus Left?

Liberal pundits are busily debating whether their party needs to move further to the left on economic issues to counter right-wing populism. But among the young generation of future Democratic leaders, this issue seems to be more or less settled. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the rise of Bernie-inspired socialist student groups that are growing at a remarkable pace on campuses across the country:

Campus socialist groups are on the rise. Many organizers have pointed to the election of Donald J. Trump as a reason, as well as the numerous Bernie Sanders supporters looking for a home after the U.S. senator’s failed presidential campaign. […]

The Young Democratic Socialists are the student branch of Democratic Socialists of America, a group that’s grown from 5,000 members to more than 18,000 members in the last year.

Interestingly, some of the young socialists seem to be eschewing the kind of exhausting identity politics that the campus Left is known for. One student quoted in the article said that it is a higher priority “to have workers win a $15 minimum wage than it is to, maybe, change the name of a building to someone else’s name.” This will be fodder for many internecine battles: Think Jacobin vs. Salon.

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