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Explaining Sanders’s “Socialism” to Kansans

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] I appreciate the kind attention which The Wichita Eagle recently paid to us local Democrats, progressive liberals, Christian socialists, and various others who are working to promote Senator Bernie Sanders’s campaign for president. We’re doing it for many different reasons: perhaps because we believe that Sanders would make an excellent


Horace Greeley: Class Traitor

He was born into poverty in New Hampshire in 1811. His father was a struggling farmer. His mother did most of the other chores. He was a brilliant student, but the family often moved, looking for a better life—a couple of times so the father could avoid being put into debtor’s prison. At the age of


The Fog of Capital: Reflections on the Detroit Auto Bailout

The Prussian military analyst Carl von Clausewitz wrote of action in war that it must “be planned in a mere twilight, which – like the effect of a fog or moonlight – gives to things exaggerated dimensions and unnatural appearance.” As I attempted to research and write an article that would undertake a left-independent analysis


Five Reasons Why I Don’t Feel Much Like Voting for Obama These Days

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] The November presidential election is still five-and-a-half months away, which means there is still plenty of time for me to change my mind, and then change my mind again. About the likely outcome, of course (though given that I still think, seven months after my last prediction, that Mitt Romney

Freedom Socialist Party

Freedom Socialist Party reiterates call for healthcare as a human right

Freedom Socialist Party (FSP) vice-presidential candidate Christina López and her presidential running mate, Stephen Durham, are bitterly opposed to Obama’s latest compromise with the religious right, which proposes to exempt employers with religious affiliations from providing coverage for birth control. Below is the most recent statement of the FSP on healthcare as a human right. Of


The Bolivian Morales Government Versus the Environmental “Movement”

Evo Morales is Bolivia’s first-ever Indigenous president. In his January 2006 inaugural speech, Morales’s focus was the years of discrimination against Indians, and he compared Bolivia to apartheid-era South Africa. Morales hailed the election as the end of the Colonial and Neo-Liberal Era. In October 2009, Morales was named “World Hero of Mother Earth” by


Interview with Stephen Shenfield, Spokesperson, World Socialist Party of the U.S.

If you’re occasionally taken aback by the number of socialist, anti-capitalist and otherwise radical-left parties in the United States and worldwide, this interview may not fully satisfy you. However, if you are equally impressed with the thoughtfulness, critical-mindedness, and honesty of many members of such groups, this interview will impress you. And if you have

Freedom Socialist Party

Interview with Doug Barnes, National Secretary, Freedom Socialist Party

The Freedom Socialist Party is a socialist political party with a unique program of revolutionary socialist feminism. The party formed in 1966. The current National Secretary of the FSP is Doug Barnes. One potentially exciting aspect of the FSP’s current electoral contemplation is the party’s desire to run on a united slate with other socialist

On Envisioning Real Utopias

By Russell Arben Fox I gave this lecture, more or less, on the Friends University campus last Thursday, February 23rd. It was a small crowd, mostly my fellow Democratic Socialists of America activists, but a few curious others showed up as well. I was happy to be able to talk about Wright’s book; Crooked Timber