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Dad, That's Not Socialism

Allie Long | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Allie Long

My dad sends the occasional Wall Street Journal article my way because I think he likes to watch me squirm while I read it, but putting Bret Stephens' "What's Socialism, Dad?" in my hands just made me laugh and not for the reason Stephens would have hoped.

The Establishment vs. Bernie Sanders

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
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John Sanbonmatsu

The very ferocity and coordinated nature of the attacks on Sanders makes clear that the Democratic establishment views Sanders not merely as an annoyance, but as an existential threat. And he may be, at that.

What Super Wealthy Times Columnist Tom Friedman's Attack on Sanders Misses

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.23.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

New York Times pundit Tom Friedman apparently doesn't understand that the idea that "died in 1989" was Communism. Senator Bernie Sanders, the "socialist" he's referring to, isn't a Communist.

On Socialism, Social Democracy, and Democratic Socialism

Andrei Markovits | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics
Andrei Markovits

Bernie Sanders is the creation of the New Left on the East Coast who fully extols all the attainments of the New Deal but who goes further in that he also wants to empower women, minorities, and other disempowered not only by matter of policy but also in their dignity.

Here's How a New Social Contract Can Empower the Individual Under Globalization

Kemal Dervis | Posted 06.15.2016 | World
Kemal Dervis

ISTANBUL -- A new social contract is needed to account for the increasingly important role that individual preferences, and individual responsibility, play in today's world. Each citizen should feel empowered, not isolated and abandoned, in the face of globalization and technological transformation.

Europe's New Frontier: From Social Democracy to Governance That Fits

Elza S. Maalouf | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Elza S. Maalouf

While the West has taken for granted the cultural complexity it has built over the centuries, it should not assume that everyone is ready to assimilate into it without proper guidance.

Comeback for the Left in Eastern Europe?

John Feffer | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
John Feffer

As nationalist extremism gains popularity throughout East-Central Europe, can Krytyka's message of hope in hard times steal the thunder from the right and appeal to millions of Europeans orphaned by the economic crisis?

Romania's Fragile New Left

John Feffer | Posted 05.18.2014 | World
John Feffer

I sat down with one of the coordinators, journalist and writer Costi Rogozanu, in Bucharest last May. At a café in the park across from the massive parliament building, he told me about his own political trajectory.

Is There Still a Future in Store for Social Democracy?

Jacques Attali | Posted 04.05.2014 | World
Jacques Attali

When the President of the French Republic publicly acknowledges to being a social democrat, is he in agreement with a doctrine for the future, or is he joining an outdated movement?

The End Of Socialism In France

Alain Minc | Posted 03.31.2014 | World
Alain Minc

Recognizing reality, President Hollande is at last seeing off socialism just as, in his time, President Francois Mitterrand saw off communism in French politics by bringing the Communist Party into his cabinet only to expose their outdated and unrealistic doctrine.

How Racism Tears Apart Social Democracy

Sean McElwee | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Our history is not one that is particularly just. But instead of critically examining our past and how it shapes our future, we make excuses.

What Does Equality Mean?

John O'Kane | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
John O'Kane

There's no question that many are down on socialism, or most any other "foreign" ism. But few can have a grasp of what it is. They must be driven by a media-stoked fear of the unknown since the alignment of power in this country now is far from socialistic.

President Obama, the Democratic Party, and Socialism: A Political Science Perspective

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Benjamin Knoll

It's entirely fair to call President Obama a liberal. It's even fair to call him a "big spending" liberal (assuming you're willing to call our previous president a "big spending conservative"). It is inaccurate, though, and a little disingenuous to call him a socialist.

Social Justice Unites Israel More Effectively Than Nationalism

Carlo Strenger | Posted 11.01.2011 | World
Carlo Strenger

Israeli society and its polity have moved towards increasing fragmentation. As opposed to the picture Israel's right wing tries to paint, it goes way beyond the tensions between Jews and Arabs.

Former British Foreign Minister Miliband: 'The West Should Work With the Taliban'

Elisabeth Braw | Posted 05.29.2012 | World
Elisabeth Braw

Shortly before delivering his plan for Afghanistan, Miliband spoke with me at his office in the Houses of Parliament, where he also explained why maintaining good relations with Gaddafi was a good idea.

The Tea Party Idea of Freedom Is Anything But

Jesse Larner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jesse Larner

"Freedom" means maximizing freedom, the possibility of controlling our own lives, for all. This may sometimes require restricting the freedom of the powerful to control others.

On the Moral Depravity of Capitalism in 21 Tweets

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Cynthia Boaz

I've thought a lot about it & have concluded that market capitalism is actually conducive to evil. It's not just a talking point.

Socialism for the Tea Parties

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The Tea Party movement has an intense hatred for anything they deem to be socialist, while both appreciating and wanting more government support for programs they like.

A System I Can Live With

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paula Gordon

We've spent a good bit of time in Canada as America debates the future of our failed health care faux-system. So many Big Business types and their ha...

Curbing Carbon's Just the Tip of Our Great Green Leap

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Harvey Wasserman

The epic fight over carbon emissions is barely the tip of how we survive. Mother Earth demands that fossil/nukes be transcended. This green-powered leap defines our technological, economic and ecological survival.

The Short End of The Socialist Stick

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

What we have is De Gaulle-style socialism (state-funded corporations, cronyism, an overstuffed military), but without free and decent French schools, doctors and trains.

The Election Seen Through a Class Prism: Why Obama Will be Our Next President

Joe Lauria | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Lauria

Socialism hasn't been an issue in a presidential campaign since Nixon accused McGovern of it 1972. Before the collapse no one would believe it would become one again.