Tuesday, August 8, 2017

TJD

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[The Justice Democrats] organization, formed as a result of the 2016 United States presidential election, has a stated goal of reforming the Democratic Party by running "a unified campaign to replace every corporate-backed member of Congress and rebuild the Democratic Party from scratch" starting in the 2018 Congressional midterm elections.

The Justice Democrats have been described as attempting to create a left-wing populist movement analogous to the right-wing Tea Party movement. Co-founder Kyle Kulinski describes Justice Democrats (and himself) as pushing for social democratic ideas, particularly a system similar to the Scandinavian model. In a segment about an international poll on happiness, Kyle says, "Notice anything about [the countries on the top of the list]? First of all, the overwhelming majority of them are the Scandinavian countries, the Nordic countries. Which, I don't know, we talk about on this show maybe more than anybody else talks about them on the planet. [...] It turns out social democracy is wildly popular. [...] In other words, it's a healthy mix of socialism and capitalism, and you regulate the capitalism to make sure there's no abuses, and you have a rising standard of living and everybody's happy."

The Justice Democrats claim to hold views that are agreed upon by most Americans, but deemed 'politically impossible' by the current political establishment because of systemic political corruption. They claim that as all campaigns need donations, the candidates who hold policies viewed as unfavorable by corporate interests and wealthy individuals will be denied funding, and that thereby the system in actuality ends up forcing politicians to change their policies to suit the current business environment.

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