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What is Zinn's main argument in chapter 23?

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Zinn's argument in Chapter 23, "The Clinton Presidency and the Crisis of Democracy," is that progressive movements in the United States starting in the 1990s and going forward would have to originate from the people, not from the two main political parties, the Democrats and Republicans. Zinn describes the Clinton administration as not representing the will of the people, as half of eligible voters did not go to the polls to re-elect Clinton in 1996. Zinn also describes the ways in which Clinton moved the Democratic party towards the political center and away from causes such as ending poverty, creating jobs, and improving education and towards causes such as increasing military spending.

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