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Generation Sanders

Robert Kuttner | Posted 02.07.2016 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

My pragmatist friends make a number of arguments in their effort to dismiss the Sanders phenomenon.First, Sanders is too left-wing to get nominated, much less elected. In principle he is, but this isn't a normal year. There is mass economic frustration in the land; it is finally, belatedly, the main issue in a presidential campaign; and, it is up for grabs politically and ideologically. We can blame foreigners and government, or we can blame a badly tilted economic system. If a Republican populist is nominated, a Democratic populist might well do better than a Democratic moderate in energizing the electorate and winning over working class voters who might otherwise support a figure like Donald Trump. The polls show Sanders doing better than Clinton against the main Republican contenders. My pragmatist friends dismiss these on the grounds that the voters haven't really focused on Sanders' views yet, and the Republicans haven't yet opened up the heavy artillery.

The Sanders Saga: From Protest to Power?

William Bradley | Posted 02.07.2016 | Politics
William Bradley

Is Senator Bernie Sanders on the verge of morphing from protest leader into potential President of the United States? And would that be good or bad for what has been a strikingly successful cause-oriented campaign?

Calling Sanders a "Socialist" Dismisses His Good Ideas

Cody Gough | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Cody Gough

The worst moment of the entire 2016 presidential campaign was when Bernie Sanders first uttered the phrase "democratic socialist." Why? Because since last summer, it seems like every online discussion regarding the election has involved slapping a label on an issue or policy and then spiralling into a fruitless debate about its precise application or meaning.

Bastardized Political Labels

Stampp Corbin | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Stampp Corbin

As Senator Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton argue about who is a progressive, it illustrates that the American political class really doesn't understand the term.

After Iowa: A Ticket To Ride

William Bradley | Posted 02.03.2016 | Media
William Bradley

So, on the other hand ... Hillary Clinton won. But there was a big surprise in Iowa after all.

On the Eve of Iowa

William Bradley | Posted 02.01.2016 | Media
William Bradley

Voting is finally about to begin in the Republican and Democratic presidential primary contests. That's exciting. But it may not last.

The 2016 Elections: The Questions Virtually No One Is Asking Much Less Answering!

Beth Green | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Beth Green

We are inundated by a culture of ego, and we wonder what's wrong. How could our politicians be so corrupt? How could political parties try to gerrymander?

Sanders' Campaign Is American as Apple Pie

Manisha Sinha | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Manisha Sinha

Political pundits posit a false equivalence between the extreme right personified by Trump and the democratic vision represented by Mr. Sanders. In fact, Mr. Sanders's campaign for economic and social justice is as American as apple pie. The abolitionists would be proud of him.

Riled-Up Dems and Reps on Love and Hate Trips Just Days From First Voting

William Bradley | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
William Bradley

A Brooklynite turned "back-to-the-land" Vermont socialist who honeymooned in the Soviet Union and has far less executive experience than Sarah Palin vs. a fact-free braying bully boy billionaire real estate and gambling mogul bizarrely backed by evangelicals would be crazy enough. Toss in another New Yorker, a billionaire "daddy knows best" ex-mayor and media mogul who is no class traitor and we get the full banana republic experience.

Socialism, American Style

Steve Skrovan | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Steve Skrovan

The next time an American voter asks Bernie Sanders what he means by "socialism," this is what I would whisper in his ear...

The Bernie Sanders Manifesto

Sunil Adam | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Sunil Adam


Clinton, Sanders, O'Malley talk it out in Des Moines Monday

Andrew Clark | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Andrew Clark

Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley and Hillary Clinton met for a town hall in Des Moines, Iowa Monday night to answer why they are the right choice to be commander-in-chief of the U.S. Here's a recap of what you may have missed from Drake University.

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.

What Socialism Requires

David Boaz | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
David Boaz

We've heard a lot about democratic socialism lately, as the self-described socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders poses an ever-bigger threat to Hillary Clinton. But what is democratic socialism?

For Hillary Clinton, Three Problems and A Solution

William Bradley | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
William Bradley

Elections take place in the now, not the long-term, especially in an ahistorical American era. And the now these days in this ADD/hyper-partisan media environment is short-term and savagely prone to character assassination.

I Embrace Democratic Socialism

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

No country in the world today stands as a fully Socialist state, but rather, some of the most successful economies combine elements of Capitalism with Socialism to create greater degrees of equity and lesser disparities between the rich, the poor, and those on the continuum in between.

Martin Luther King Was a Democratic Socialist

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

King was a radical. He challenged America's class system and its racial caste system. He was a strong ally of the nation's labor union movement. He was assassinated in April 1968 in Memphis, where he had gone to support a sanitation workers' strike. In his critique of American society and his strategy for changing it, King pushed the country toward more democracy and social justice.

Confederate Socialists of America

John A. Tures | Posted 01.15.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

Much has been written about President Lincoln's Administration, which has been called everything from socialist to downright tyrannical. What people don't know is that the Confederate States of America was pretty similar in its behavior.

Top Ten Reasons Dems MUST Choose Bernie!

Martin Lewis | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics
Martin Lewis

Once Bernie wins the Democratic nomination -- the presidency is obviously and undoubtedly his on a platter.

On the Love Train With Cornel West

John Bredin | Posted 01.05.2016 | Politics
John Bredin

I'm also glad to see Cornel on the campaign trail with Bernie Sanders, who he refers to as a rare politician with integrity, honesty, and decency. As a Democratic Socialist (as was Martin Luther King, Albert Einstein, and John Dewey), Bernie obviously cares more about the poor than any other candidate.

Why So Many People Think That Uber And Lyft Can Rot In Hell After Their New Year's Eve Price Surges

Ira Israel | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics
Ira Israel

In 500 years when deregulated, highly competitive capitalism is next to feudalism and communism in the dustbin of history, professors will argue how the Amazon business model decimated our society.

What Unites Us All in 2016

Paul Emerich France | Posted 01.03.2016 | Politics
Paul Emerich France

For some, 2016 means being afraid of America losing its place as the world's leading superpower. They're terrified of America no longer being "great" -- no longer being "the best." For some, it's fear of fascism, promoting institutional racism, a widening class-divide, limiting individual voice.

5 Ways Democratic Socialism Isn't What You Think

Dan Arel | Posted 12.28.2015 | Politics
Dan Arel

To quell any fears and to put a great deal of misinformation to rest, here are five things that democratic socialism is not.

Has the Time Come for Democratization of the Economy?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

A study released at the beginning of December by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) reported that America's 20 wealthiest individuals own more wea...

Reflections on My First Trip to Cuba

Georgia Kelly | Posted 12.21.2015 | Travel
Georgia Kelly

If you have never been to Cuba, you cannot really imagine it. Any American steeped in 55 years of anti-Castro rhetoric cannot begin to dream up the re...