Opinion

Only a Trump shellacking will let Biden follow a truly left-wing agenda

By Brendon O'Connor
Updated July 1 2021 - 4:01pm, first published July 12 2020 - 6:30pm
Democratic candidate Joe Biden is favoured to win November's US election. Picture: Getty Images

The great American historian Richard Hofstadter described Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal as having a "social democratic tinge". However, since Roosevelt's presidency in the 1930s and early 1940s, social democratic ideas have struggled to have much influence on American public policy. Socialist ideas have had even less influence. There are signs that this is changing: in the primaries of 2016 the popularity of the self-confessed democratic socialist Bernie Sanders and the social democrat Elizabeth Warren suggested Americans were opening their minds up to different economic and political approaches.

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