• socialism

    Bernie Sanders Wasn’t Our First Socialist Mayor: Remembering Milwaukee’s Socialist Party History

    by  • 6 Apr ’16 • me, socialism, the nation • 2 Comments

    As the country’s politics take a right turn, an unlikely progressive wins office as mayor of a major U.S. city. In an era marked by conformity and the primacy of business interests over the common good, he has the temerity to call himself a socialist. Both locally and nationally, his example serves as a...

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    Our Political System Is in the Midst of a Massive Realignment. Here’s How the Left Should Respond.

    by  • 14 Mar ’16 • new york, socialism, the labor movement, the nation • 0 Comments

    America needs a New Democratic Party. No, I don’t mean a Democratic Party made new by a restored commitment to liberal idealism (although that would be useful, too). I mean an American version of Canada’s NDP: an explicitly socialist party that can win on a regional basis, credibly compete on a national basis and...

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    Why “Comrade?”

    by  • 18 Nov ’15 • me, socialism, society, the labor movement • 0 Comments

    A friend and, dare I say, comrade wrote me and asked why I use the word “comrade” so freely, instead of the more accepted “brother” and “sister.” Won’t people associate you with James Bond villains and bomb-throwing radicals when you use that word? And it’s true. I do throw it around a good deal,...

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    The Reds in the Bleachers

    by  • 27 Jan ’12 • obituaries, socialism, the media • 0 Comments

    Bill Mardo, sportswriter for the Daily Worker newspaper, died last week. His NY Times obituary notes his column’s crusading role in pressing for the racial integration of Major League Baseball in the 1940’s. “In the years before the Brooklyn Dodgers signed Jackie Robinson as the first black player in modern organized baseball, Mr. Mardo...

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    My Greatest Hits

    by  • 30 Oct ’10 • me, socialism, the media • 0 Comments

    Maybe it’s because I was recently badly quoted in the press that I’m revisiting some of my dark sarcastic hits from the past. I mean, I could claim that I was misquoted, but, no, I said it. I could quibble with context and editing, but anyone who deals with the press seriously knows the...

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    A Requiem for Departed Comrades

    by  • 12 Dec ’09 • obituaries, socialism • 1 Comment

    Socialism truly is a dying religion. Tonight, I’m lighting some red candles for some wonderful comrades who have passed on this year. Yesterday, I learned that Ruth Greenberg-Edelstein passed away on November 24th. Ruth was a stalwart of the Socialist Party in upstate New York. On the National Committee, she was an effective advocate...

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    It’s Hard To Find a Soft Cadre

    by  • 19 Jan ’09 • socialism • 1 Comment

    In Michael Harrington’s remarkable deathbed autobiography, “The Long-Distance Runner,” he describes attempting to pick up the pieces of the shattered Socialist Party and a movement split between “Old” and “New” Lefts. The Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee that he formed from his old wing of the party and the diaspora of unaffiliated socialists in the...

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    Toward Social Justice

    by  • 31 May ’08 • socialism, the labor movement • 0 Comments

    One of the greatest revelations of the year for me was seeing Bill Fletcher Jr. speak at New York’s Left Forum this past March. For years I’ve been familiar with Fletcher, who is, perhaps, the most prominent left intellectual in the U.S. labor movement, who was a special assistant to John Sweeney in the...

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    This Is a Shamelessly Factional Button

    by  • 7 Dec ’07 • me, socialism • 4 Comments

    Shannon Hammock just mailed me a parcel of the past: silly factional buttons from the Socialist Party’s 2001 national convention. It was the first time in many years that an organized caucus was formed to compete for seats on the party’s national committee. Although they called themselves “the Issues Caucus,” their focus seemed to...

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