Bernie Sanders thinks America needs many of the same things other countries need. Photo: PETE MAROVICH/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock by Ed Kilgore Intelligencer Feb 21, 2019 Anyone paying attention to the early stages of the 2020 presidential campaign is probably aware Bernie Sanders -in sharp contrast to his focus in 2016 - now is spending a lot … Continue reading Bernie Sanders’ Two-Pronged Attack on American Exceptionalism/ “Socialism” Lost It’s Meaning in American Politics
Mehdi Hasan interviews Elizabeth Bruenig Intercept Deconstructed Feb 7, 2019 https://player.megaphone.fm/PPY8088442568?auto=false&sharing=true&start=0 DURING HIS STATE OF THE UNION address, President Trump expressed “alarm” at what he termed “new calls to adopt socialism in our country.” “Tonight,” he proclaimed, “we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.” The line received a standing ovation … Continue reading Who’s Really Afraid of Socialism?
by Michael Corcoran Truthout Jan 21, 2019 While Americans are bitterly divided on many things, there is one concept where there has long been agreement: Most the country thinks the economy favors the rich at the expense of everybody else. Who is to blame? Who to vote for? Those questions are greatly disputed. Still, a strong majority of … Continue reading The Limits of Social Democracy
by Lynn Parramore Institute For New Economic Thinking January 20, 2019 He actually addressed the issue head-on. “The Millennial socialists are coming,” declared a June 30 New York Times headline, describing a surprise surge of young female candidates endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America who beat their establishment opponents in primary races in New York and Pennsylvania. … Continue reading Was Martin Luther King a socialist?
The inside story of how, in just one year, Sandy the bartender became a lawmaker who triggers both parties By Eliza Relman Insider January 6, 2019 Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a bartender when she pulled together a scrappy populist campaign for US Congress and stunned the political world by unseating a powerful incumbent Democrat. Her combination … Continue reading The Truth About Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
2020 ELECTION ‘You don’t just get to say that you’re progressive’: The left moves to defend its brand In advance of 2020, "the left" wants to make sure candidates aren’t claiming the "progressive" label without actually supporting the cause. By DAVID SIDERS Politico 12/09/2018 MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. — Progressive Democrats are beginning to confront an unintended … Continue reading If you believe “progressive” is a brand to be marketed, then you’re not one
by Andrew Levine Counterpunch Dec 7, 2018 The time to resume using words like “resistance” and “revolution” in philosophically sound and historically accurate ways was long ago. And while the Sanders campaign deserves praise for bringing the word “socialism” back into mainstream political discourse, for reasons other than to disparage it, some precision would be … Continue reading Trumpism must persist and its vileness deepen before any genuine resistance will develop.