Perhaps the DSA’s problem is the long shadow of Marxism even as it has moved beyond the Marx legacy which created a kind of monopoly of the socialist idea. Might one recommend The Last Revolution, free pdf link above, as a toolbox for creating a new socialist framework with a clean break with the Marx canon, save as a historical moment tokened by the great Manifesto in 1848? And/or simply use the whole formulation ready-made as a platform, one that is aimed at a revolutionary perspective but at the same time usable for a reformist group.
This material is comprehensive, yet limited (it creates a container for brands of eco-socialism): it provides
a new and robust and unsinkable view of world history based not on theory but on empirical chronologies
a road to sanity on the economic question, comprising both socialist markets and the new technologies of planning: a four term system to replace the single logo ‘socialism’ or ‘communism’: democratic market neo-communism’, a modeling tool for socialist versions (I don’t distinguish socialism and communism, replace ‘communism’ with neo-communism, and use ‘socialism’ as a general reference to socialism old or new…)
and much else.
However a few problems will arise here:
You must cease being a Darwin dummy and assess the great underground secret of Darwin’s idiotic theory of natural selection so beloved of capitalists. This can also be rendered unsinkable via an empirical outline of the facts of evolution, a grand theory remaining in the future. This can assist in the debriefing of the social Darwinism of Darwin et al.
You should most probably (I didn’t quite say ‘must’) review the evidence for the 9/11 false flag crimes perpetrated by some faction of the US government. Same for JFK assassination, etc…You can’t call yourself a leftist if you are confused by the propaganda. Although exact answers are murky the basic issue is clear and is one of the darkest aspects…
You cannot call yourself a leftist (in the US) if you are still brainwashed on the above. Sorry, but it’s true.
The right (cf. the websites Uncommon Descent and/or Evolution News) has eaten the left’s lunch on the question of evolution, producing a vast amount of useful material on evolution, almost all of it marred by the Intelligent Design argument. That argument is entirely unnecessary and the material is often usable once extracted from its theistic confusions.
The point here is that this research should have been done on the left in a challenge to capitalist ideological misuse of Darwinian theory..
The issue of evolution is utterly simple: the statistics of natural selection don’t work. Period The empirical evidence is very robust.
The issue of 9/11 is reminder of the criminals hiding behind democratic fronts. Thie left is a laughingstock on this issue.
The evolution debate can easily adopt its own design arguments on the left: design in nature is a naturalistic process without theistic implications.
The issues of socialism versus social democracy lurk and the question of how to create a real socialism remain, but the moment is coming for a new reckoning.