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Church and State in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
John Feffer

Poland has one of the stricter laws on abortion in Europe. Abortion is illegal except if the life of the mother is at risk, the fetus has a major defect or the pregnancy is the result of a confirmed rape.

Evidence Shows Obama Did Not Divide The USA

John A. Tures | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Research on the exit polls from CNN after the 2004 election show an American electorate just as divided. And Obama hadn't even been sworn in as a United States Senator.

Bernie Sanders Could Change Political Discussion

Richard Zombeck | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Richard Zombeck

There will be real discussion about real issues, because Sanders will, as he always has, yell and prod and poke until he gets an answer. Maybe through those very discussions we'll see some of the best solutions to our biggest issues appear.

Dave Jamieson

Meet The Fist-Shaking Socialist Behind America's Highest Minimum Wage

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

(Photo: Elaine Thompson/AP) This article is part of a Huffington Post series, on the occasion of the site's 10th anniversary, looking at some ...

Bernie Sanders' Socialism Is as American as Apple Pie

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

We can expect the right-wing echo chamber -- including Fox News hosts, Tea Party politicians, and Rush Limbaugh -- to attack Sanders for espousing an ideology that they'll likely describe as foreign, European, and un-American. But Sanders's views are in sync with a longstanding American socialist tradition.

Business Owner Sets Minimum Wage for Employees. Limbaugh Calls That Socialism. I Call Him Ignorant.

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Rush, let me talk to you the way I'd talk to someone who knows absolutely nothing about the differences between capitalism and socialism. When a business owner decides on a wage policy for his employees, that is something that only happens in capitalism. In socialism, the government doesn't just set a minimum wage; it determines all wages.

Concerning Socialism

Lewis Worrow | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Lewis Worrow

It is self-evident that equal opportunity is a necessary quality of a fair society, but to achieve this an inefficient redistribution of wealth is required.

Bill O'Reilly Blasts 'Corrupt Far Left Group' Media Matters

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 03.20.2015 | Media

Sparked by the "Blockupy" protests outside of the European Central Bank headquarters in Frankfurt Wednesday night, Bill O'Reilly railed against the co...

Chattanooga, Tennessee, Offered A Public Option For Internet Access And Revived Its Economy

Carl Gibson | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Carl Gibson

Chattanooga has proven to everyone else that having a public option for internet, cable, and phone service is better for consumers. And though the big companies would never admit it, the competition that socialist local broadband networks provide is the heart of the free-market capitalism they claim to espouse.

Lauren Coodley's Upton Sinclair: California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.05.2015 | Books
Lawrence Wittner

Can a dedicated socialist have a significant impact upon American life? Lauren Coodley's biography of prominent novelist Upton Sinclair shows that it's possible.

Democracy Today Is Wild and Constituent. A Spanish Example.

Antonio Negri | Posted 04.29.2015 | 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 04.23.2015 | 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 04.21.2015 | 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 04.12.2015 | 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 04.07.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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 03.21.2015 | 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 03.17.2015 | 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 03.08.2015 | 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.