The other America
“There is the other America. It is colorful. It is open to the world. It’s tolerant. It’s progressive.” That is what I want to tell you about here. About the progressives in the US Congress. About Black Lives Matter, the Green New Deal, the fight for unionization, higher minimum wages, feminism, a fair electoral system and immigration. About left culture and history in North America.
Network and contacts
With the support of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, I am traveling in the USA and Canada to find answers to these questions: What are the progressive Democrats doing in the US Congress? What is the position of the socialists at Québec Solidaire in Montreal or at the Democratic Socialists of America in San Francisco? How do the conditions for leftists differ between New York City and rural Pennsylvania? What is the role of left foreign policy in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine? If you are interested in hearing the answers, get in touch!
Until now, socialist politics have been more acceptable in the cities of the USA. Sarahana Shresta wants to change that in rural New York. Malicious tongues say about the Hudson Valley that it has become the new Brooklyn. It only takes a good three hours to get to the...
In the centre of San Francisco, just opposite its grandiose City Hall, there’s a square surrounded by fencing and blocked off from view. At first glance, it looks like a construction site, but on closer inspection it turns out there are people living in tents. You see...
I was a member of parliaments from 1995 to 2021 — first in the Abgeordnetenhaus (Berlin State House of Representatives), then in the Bundestag, the federal parliament of Germany. My work during this time is archived here.
„The fears of the white middle class are real. For a long time now, the American dream has been over and the promise of upward mobility has been broken. It is far from a foregone conclusion that their children will one day fare better. But instead of directing anger at those who bear responsibility for it, at billionaires whose fortunes have grown ever larger in the pandemic, at politicians who continue to keep taxes low for the rich but won’t raise the minimum wage or eliminate tuition, the right-wingers in society direct anger at minorities.“ (From „The Trauma of a Generation,“ nd, May 22, 2022)
I regularly publish articles, conduct interviews or write essay about progressive politics. The most recent pieces can be found in this section.
Democracy at risk
„If people feel improvements between now and the fall, the Democrats can still win.“
The „Freedom“ They Mean
„It would be too easy to dismiss the whole thing as a fringe right-wing US event.“
The Plot to Overthrow the German Government
„Democracy in our two countries is not a law of nature, but must be protected and defended.„