Progressive International Arms, Part 1 (North Korea)

The guiding light of any progressive foreign policy must be the continued advancement and self-determination of both American and foreign working people, and it must be used to check the global influence of predator multinational corporations and the states that use those corporations as unaccountable and anti-democratic proxies for diplomacy. Towards this end, we must be realistic about a competitive arms strategy: in a well-armed world, with opposition interests attempting to use those arms to defend the interests of ExxonMobil and Aramco, we cannot afford to let our entire arms strategy be pure isolation. We must engage the reality of the global use of force, and develop a strategy for how we can use both our own inherent capacity for force projection as well as the geopolitical facts created by competitor threats of force.

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William Byatt
A Progressive Resolution to the Trade War

As more and more Q3 and Q4 economic data becomes public, there is an increasing likelihood that the United States will enter the bargaining room to conclude the US/China trade war in the stronger position, and with a greater ability to extract policy gains. It is paramount that progressives be able to articulate a clear set of policy goals and our demands for that room. We must start demanding that any result privilege not American corporations, but American unions and their workers, and we can curb Chinese capacity to outcompete us by demanding better Chinese domestic working conditions and worker representation. But even if the United States is on the back foot come negotiation day, or there is no clear superior bargaining position, American negotiators will need to enter with a clear vision of what our policy aims are, and progressives must have a voice in forming that vision.

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William Byatt
This is the Fight We've Been Looking For

For decades, since well before the progressive movement gained national attention and serious momentum in 2016, progressives in Florida have been asking for a chance. Election after election, we’ve watched as well-funded, pedigreed, status quo centrists have run and lost, all the while we’ve begged to let us run someone who leans into labor, who leans into environment protection, who leans into our values.

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