If Joe Biden is going to accomplish anything, we need to start thinking differently about power and our political system

One thing we have learned from this election is just how crazy our democratic system is. Many crucial victories came down to slim margins in swing states and the idiosyncrasies of the electoral college.

Moving forward, progressives need to rally around serious democracy reform. Every issue we care about, from heathcare to climate justice, flows from that. Without a major intervention – and even with radical candidates winning office here and there – our political system is becoming less and less representative and responsive.

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Biden has a progressive mandate and must use all the power at his disposal to materially improve people’s lives and boost public morale

Astra Taylor is the author of Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone, and an organizer with the Debt Collective

This is an abridged and adapted transcript of remarks Taylor delivered at Where Do We Go From Here?, a Haymarket Books event on 6 November 2020

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