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Democracy Today Is Wild and Constituent. A Spanish Example.

Antonio Negri | Posted 03.02.2015 | World
Antonio Negri

The comrades of Podemos are the only ones in Europe who have seriously dared to take this step and construct a vertical axis from a movement of a new potentiality and unprecedented power, organizing without demagoguery or subterfuge a pathway out of grassroots democracy.

Open Letter to Giuliani on Characterizations of Obama

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Rudy, let's break down your statement. When you say that "I do not believe that the president loves America," what indication do you have or what criteria are you using? I really want to know.

Socialism or Barbarism? Syriza, Economics, and Democracy

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics
Jedediah Purdy

Restated for the 21st century, "socialism" simply means that a people's judgments about its own economic life come before the supposedly iron rules of the international economy. It would be fair to call it "economic democracy." The condescending view of the Greeks as somehow not understanding economic reason and the direction of history writes off this kind of economic democracy as infeasible, archaic, and probably senseless. Syriza's government has a chance to reverse the lens. Economic democracy (or, as Syriza calls it, socialism) is politics that puts human needs first and accepts that market-based destabilization, impoverishment, and humiliation are not natural disasters or comeuppance for bad behavior but forms of political violence.

Campfires, Socialism, and Multi-Level Selection

Joel Tauber | Posted 02.10.2015 | Arts
Joel Tauber

I'm certainly grateful that I have biological impulses to act altruistically, but I'm also aware that I can't rely on them. They won't free me of the fundamental conflict between altruism and selfishness that is wired into my DNA, and they won't enable me to reach beyond my current limitations.

The Policy Goal Whose Name Must Not Be Spoken

Jared Bernstein | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

The word's a dog whistle that releases the hounds, if not the Foxes. And yet, one of my rules of thumb in this work is that when policy does a lot of something and that something cannot be spoken of, we're courting dysfunction and distortion.

Bill Maher Says Socialism Created America's Successful Middle Class

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 01.31.2015 | Comedy

In the latest "Real Time with Bill Maher," the host sounded off on politicians for repeatedly talking about middle-class economics, saying, "No one is...

Socialism, Redistribution and the Road to the Super Bowl

Gavin Magrath | Posted 01.28.2015 | Sports
Gavin Magrath

It's not surprising that at this time of year, even if it's just during the pre-game interviews, I like to take a few minutes to celebrate what may be America's greatest socialist institution, and the active system of redistribution that helps make it so great.

Martin Luther King Was a Radical, Not a Saint

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

In fact, King was a radical. He believed that America needed a "radical redistribution of economic and political power." He challenged America's class system and its racial caste system.

Advice to Potential Republican Presidential Candidates

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

As the lineup is shaping up, it looks like it could be similar to previous elections: There will be a long list of equally unappealing candidates. Some dull person will be selected, having little chance to win against any potential Democratic candidate.

What is America? A Republic? A Democracy? An Oligarchy? A Plutocracy? A Theocracy?

Gerry Myers | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

The Electoral College, gerrymandering, photo IDs and other voter suppression tactics are just some of the practices that keep America from being a democracy.

The Bad Kind of Unionism

Jacobin | Shawn Gude | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics

This story was originally posted at Jacobin, a print quarterly that offers socialist perspectives on politics and economics. Support Jacobin and buy a...

Conservatives Versus Liberals

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

I propose that we abandon using the term "conservative" and replace it with the term "capitalist" in the meaning of a supporter of capitalism. Similarly, I suggest that we abandon using the term "liberal" or "progressive" and replace it with "socialist" as a supporter of socialism.

Socialist Elected!

Annie Polland | Posted 01.04.2015 | New York
Annie Polland

On November 4, 1914 Meyer London became the first Socialist on the East Coast (and only the second) to be elected to Congress.

Towards a Socialist America

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 11.29.2014 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

I, too, dream America. I do not, however, believe that capitalism delivers on the promises rehearsed every November.

Telluride Film Festival: Movies Large and Small

Corinna Clendenen | Posted 11.04.2014 | Arts
Corinna Clendenen

The Telluride Film Festival offers a great span of cinema, from premiering Oscar contenders to silent-era black-and-white gems to small budget independents that will never play widely but may earn an enduring cult audience.

Modern Capitalism vs. Socialism

Paul Mashegoane | Posted 10.25.2014 | Business
Paul Mashegoane

There is a slogan out there of people, planet and profit. It is on this point that the global society is slowly reaching a boiling point where being exploited by the business community is unbearable.

Death Threats, Freedom, Transhumanism, and the Future

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 10.25.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The next time you read a controversial opinion article, instead of talking about "lynching" the author or what "gauge" shotgun you're going to use when you shoot him, maybe present a better idea to solve the problems he's trying to address.

Here Are the 20 Least Socialist States, and Half Voted for Obama

John A. Tures | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
John A. Tures

Perhaps socialism in America is just a little more complicated than which party the state voted for.

The Lament of the Conservative Left

James Peron | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
James Peron

Socialism embraced some liberal goals but wanted to offer the security of the old order where disturbing social change was minimized and what change was allowed was carefully controlled.

Venezuela to Exile -- Why I Fled the Country I Love

Rafael Osío Cabrices | Posted 09.07.2014 | World
Rafael Osío Cabrices

Until the moment the plane took off, we feared we might be in clear and present danger. We had just spent the last month seeking refuge in a makeshift panic room we created in our Caracas apartment.

The Disappearance of the Political Middle in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 08.09.2014 | World
John Feffer

Hungary has long been divided between its liberal and cosmopolitan capital and the more conservative countryside. During the Communist era, a small de...

The VA Scandal Proves We Need Four More Years of Obama

Brian Joyce | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Brian Joyce

With all due respect to Sen. McCain, I have a different take on this. I, too, am outraged by the lack of care that many of our veterans have received, but I'm not at all bewildered by it. In fact, I saw it coming for years.

The 1-Star Amazon Reviews Of Thomas Piketty's Book Are Pretty Funny

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 04.28.2014 | Business

Thomas Piketty seems to have stirred up a new Red Scare. His new book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, is being hailed as the most important b...

Making It Easier to Be Good

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

It's no surprise when American bishops talk about canonizing Dorothy Day as a saint, as they've done in recent years. For me, her life embodies the heart of Christianity because of the way she constantly tried to translate her faith into good works.

Waiting for Das Capitalism

Dirk Hughes | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Dirk Hughes

Some people may confuse my criticism of capitalism as reason enough to question my patriotism. These are the same people who still think the United States is a capitalistic country. It's not.