A new issue of Democratic Left is out. Roger D. Congleton (West Virginia): A Short History of American Liberalism. Bhaskar Sunkara on why liberalism needs socialism — and vice versa. Why is the organized socialist movement in the United States so small and so clearly wanting in light of the potential for building its numbers and influence? Big Government made that: Charles Mudede on the most important leftist book of the year, The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire by Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin (and more). Why is socialism doing so darn well in deep-red North Dakota? Meet the New Left — small-business owners: Surveys demonstrate remarkably progressive attitudes on everything from taxation to regulation to the environment. From ThinkProgress, Ruy Teixeira writes in defense of utopia (and part 2). Rick Perlstein on why a Democratic majority is not demographic inevitability (in 4 parts).