Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee

Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee

Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee

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The Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) was founded in 1973 by Michael Harrington, who led a minority caucus in the Socialist Party. Harrington's caucus supported George McGovern's his call for a cease-fire and immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces from Vietnam. In contrast to the traditional emphasis on strengthening the working class by organizing labor unions, Harrington reduced the great emphasis on labor of previous socialist organizations. Instead, while continuing to work with unionists, Harrington placed more emphasis on middle-class political activists, especially those drawn to activism through the McGovern campaign. Developing a "realignment" strategy common to Socialists since the 1960s, DSOC (pronounced "DEE-sock") tried to help to build a social democratic movement from the political movements participating in the Democratic Party.

In 1982 the DSOC merged with the New American Movement to form the Democratic Socialists of America.

Organizational history


After nearly a decade of internal acrimony, the Socialist Party of America-Social Democratic Federation was clearly headed for a split as the decade of the 1970s opened. The organization, while sharing a common antipathy to the worldwide communist movement, was divided over two primary issues
  1. Should democratic socialists call for either an immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces from Vietnam or a negotiated peace settlement along with an immediate end to the bombing of......
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