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To Build an Economy That Works for Everyone, the Democratic Party Needs an Overhaul

If the modern Democratic Party represents the so-called "professional-managerial class", who will speak for average Americans struggling to get by?

The recent release of Peter Jackson’s sprawling Beatles documentary, Get Back, has stirred up a new wave of interest in the Fab Four. Writer and activist Richard Eskow joined Roundtable to talk about the Beatles’ working-class background and what working-class politics looks like today.

In this segment, Eskow discusses who makes up the “working class” today–and how the Democratic party can recover its status among working voters.

“A lot of people see it as the party of the professional, the college graduate, and not as the party of the people who work with their hands,” Eskow says. “That's the big problem that Democrats have. They communicate as if they think their level of education makes them better than you.”

The political establishment has come to define the working class as consisting primarily of white people. But, Eskow says, it’s important to think of the working class as a multiracial coalition.

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“Thinking that you can appeal to black and Latino voters without talking about their pocketbook issues is a big mistake,” he said. “They're working people just like everybody.”


Richard Eskow, Host of Zero Hour

Watch the full discussion below: