THE EPOCH TIMES – PETER CHOWKA
The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest, most active, and fastest growing far-left socialist membership organization in the United States. It’s not a political party, but rather a tax-exempt 501(c)4 “activist” nonprofit that, according to the IRS, “must be operated exclusively to promote social welfare.”
In the view of some observers, the DSA, in reality, has become a politicized vehicle to advance hardcore Marxism.
Evidence for this can be found on its website. The DSA offers an online “Socialist School” course titled “A Basic Introduction to the Thought of Karl Marx.”
Video taken at the DSA’s 2017 national convention shows attendees enthusiastically singing “The Internationale,” the musical expression of allegiance to the ideals of the Soviet Union and the October 1917 Bolshevik Revolution that brought the communists to power in Russia.
In an email on Aug. 6, Diana West, the author of “American Betrayal” and a nationally syndicated columnist, commented: “It’s quite clear that DSA is both communist and Marxist—and ‘progressive’ and Alinskyite and Fabian as well—in the sense that all of these groups and factions seek to remake America according to the same socialist, centrally planned, varyingly totalitarian vision.
“All of them would create the kind of tyranny that our founding fathers would have had to declare independence from all over again.”
It may seem surprising then to learn that the DSA has significantly increased its membership and its chapters, especially on or near college campuses in the United States.
According to the New Yorker, “In 2016, the DSA had about five thousand members; today, there are more than forty-five thousand, and the median age has plummeted, from late sixties to early thirties.”
The DSA’s surge in its dues-paying membership has been aided by, and advanced in tandem with, the increasingly radicalized resistance to President Donald Trump since his election in November 2016.
After the DSA’s 2017 national convention, CNN described its members as “the new socialists [who] have podcasts, internet memes, and a vibrant independent media.”