The 2020 Elections and the Four Theories

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I am leaning left – libertarian
Question: Yech!! The 2020 presidential election in the United States is already upon us. These elections are always presented as two distinct visions for America’s future. Examine the platforms that are put forward by the two major parties and answer the following: How different is our political and economic status quo now that Trump has won the election (and now been impeached!)? How different will it be if a Biden wins this November? To get a more critical perspective, examine the various positions taken by third party candidates and alternative theories.
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I. Introduction / Thesis Statement – a brief statement outlining your position or something that you consider relevant about this issue.
Very important: What is the status quo politically and economically. (1 page).
II. Body – the bulk of the paper is here, in data taken from your readings and other evidence you have found to support your position (8 pages).
a. Textbook DPE on American elections (Heineman).
b. The Political Compass, its meaning and applicability to contemporary politics
c. Traditional interpretations
1. Democrat / liberal
2. Republican / conservative
d. Third party perspectives and candidates 1. Sifry on third party politics
e. Critical interpretations (multiple authors)
III. Conclusion – …If Trump can get one more term in office (or the Dems can manage to remove him), Americans can expect America to be “great again” or will it be in both cases “business as usual”? (1 page).
1. The paper will be done in APA format. Make sure to include citations every time
you use a statement or an idea from the readings that I have provided, or that you have found in your own independent research. Using other’s work without providing proper citation is plagiarism and grounds for immediate failure on this essay.
2. An “A” paper will be:
a) fully documented and cited with at least 2 – 3 books;
b) a minimum of 13 pages (to include a title page, abstract, and reference page, meaning 10 full pages of text analysis);
c) research beyond the authors I provided

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Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Conservative / Republican)
The Political Compass
Bernie Sanders: The Green Mountian Red – Smith
American Politics Change, But American Parties Endure – Mandelbaum
Trump’s 2020 Vision – Antle III
The Rise and Fall of American Political Parties: 1790 – 2000 – Silbey
Free Speech Requires Campaign Money – Smith
Dollars and Votes – Clawson
The Republican Party Home Page
Conservatives Against Trump – National Review Symposium
The View From 1787 – Cost
CrossTalk BULLHORNS: Trump’s War – RT
The Continuing Woes of the “Establishment” – Larison
Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Liberal / Democrat)
The Political Compass
An Open Letter to the Green Party for 2020 – Chomsky, et. al.
‘They let Him Get Away with Murder’: Dems Tormented Over How to Stop Bernie – Korecki
Fake President – The Ralph Nader Radio Hour
How the Little Guy Gets Crunched – Barlett and Steele
White Supremacists Are Infiltrating the GOP From the Ground Up – Rivers Pitt
The Presidential Spectacle – Miroff
The Democratic Party Home Page
Can Hillary Clinton Convince Voters They’re Not Settling? – Brownstein
Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Nomination – Editorial Board – The New York Times
Another Neocon Endorses Clinton, Calling Her ‘2016’s Real Conservative’ and ‘the Candidate of the Status Quo’ – Norton
Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright Scold Young Women Backing Bernie Sanders – Rappeport
Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Critical / Radical / Third Party)
The Political Compass
Why We Need a New Progressive Party and How We Can Create It – Rall
Class: The Little Word the Elites Want You to Forget – Hedges
The Future of the Democratic Party Will Be Determined by Superdelegates – Haiphong
You Can Trust ‘Left Liberals’ to be Liberals First (and Left Last): A Reply to Chomsky & Friends’ Open Letter – Rasmus
Here They Come Again: The Kind of Neoliberal Democrats Who Prefer Trump to Sanders – Reed, Jr.
How Capitalism’s Structural and Ideological Crisis Gives Rise to Neo-Fascism – The Real News Network
Bossing Grown Folks Around: the Open Letter to the Greens – Moser
Sorry Chomsky and Friends, the Green Party Isn’t the Problem – Pemberton
Why the Green Party Isn’t the Problem – Hoenig
Neither Democrats Nor Republicans Will Admit the Problem Is Capitalism Itself – Wolff
Three Years into Trump’s Presidency, What’s Left of the American Left? – Harris
Billionaires and American Politics – Wittner
Born on the 5th of July – Urie
2020 Democratic Party Debates Encircle Sanders with Wall Street’s Political Dogs – Haiphong
Vowing Not to ‘Demonize’ the Rich, Biden Tells Billionaires ‘Nothing Would Fundamentally Change’ If He Was Elected – Higgins
Elections and the Illusion of Political Control – Urie
The Democrats Can’t Save Us – Pemberton
Now is Not the Time to Come to the Aid of the Party – Levine
Moderates Making Inevitable Pivot to Trump as the Money Rolls In at the Top – Floyd
The Time is Now: To Defeat Both Trump and Clintonian Neoliberalism – Taylor
Spoiling for a Fight: Third Party Politics in America – Sifry
The Limits of Presidential Power – Genovese
Democracy for the Few – Parenti
Is That A Politician In Your Pocket? Washington on $2 Million a Day – Sifry and Watzman
Dynasties: How Their Wealth and Power Threaten Democracy – Phillips
Clinton and Trump, Fear and Fascism – Moser
A Debasing Spectacle: Behind and Beyond the Latest Quadrennial Carnival – Street
The (un)Democratic Primary: Why We Need a New Party of the 99% – Sawant
The Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes What Hillary Clinton Really Represents – The Real News Network
Revolution Is In the Air – Hedges
How Sanders Could Lay the Foundation for a Third US Political Party – Gilbert
Is Bernie’s Political Revolution the Real Thing or a Pathetic Joke? – Lindorff
Protesting Trump and Hillary Too – Kimberly
Robert Reich Sees the Future: Why America’s Two-Party System May Collapse – Reich
The Rise of American Authoritarianism – Taub
Bernie Sanders’ Phantom Movement – Hedges
Special Places in Hell: For Madeline, Hillary….and Bernie – Street
Overwhelming Majority of Americans Believe that Both Parties Are Too Corrupt to Change Anything – Washington’s Blog
Hillary Clinton’s Populist Charade – Webb
The Clintons $93 Million Romance with Wall Street: A Catastrophe for Working Families, African-Americans, and Latinos – Behan
Ordinary Americans Fought Big Money and Won in 2015 – Mason
Socialist Alternative
The Green Party

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