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Socialist Elected!

Annie Polland | Posted 11.04.2014 | 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 09.29.2014 | 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.

Common Good Capitalism to Emerge Via Voluntary Movement in the Private Sector

Terry Mollner | Posted 05.21.2014 | Business
Terry Mollner

Thinking the Earth is flat was a stage in our maturation. The current form of capitalism is only a stage in our economic maturation. It is the opposite of collusion for self-interest. It is cooperation for the common good.

Remembering Tony Benn and His Five Little Questions

Michael Winship | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

Take a moment, please, to note the passing of a distinguished spokesman for the left, a man both firebrand and gadfly, of whom many Americans have never even heard. Yet what he did and said are of importance to us all and especially to the cause of democracy.

Martin Luther King, the Beloved Community and the Socialist Idea

Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 05.02.2014 | Religion
Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D.

In King's faith-based Democratic Socialist idea and in his thoroughly humane vision of the Beloved Community that would embody it, there indeed is 'nothing which all cannot have their counterpart of on equal terms.'

Venezuelan Crisis: Resentment, Struggle and a Way Forward

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 04.29.2014 | World
Stephanie Rudat

It is evident that the problems of inflation, scarcity, crime and violence are issues that affect all Venezuelans equally, regardless of their political affiliation or ideologies. Why, then, is the population still divided?

An Open Call for Conspirators

Dirk Hughes | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Dirk Hughes

I am actively recruiting conspirators to take part in a plan to save the world. There are no clandestine meetings, no high-risk behaviors, and no financial investments required. No special equipment is needed.

A Completely Unrealistic Solution to the Problem of Inequality

Floyd Elliot | Posted 04.26.2014 | Business
Floyd Elliot

Robert Reich, the perfectly-sized* former Secretary Of Labor, recently wrote about Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp, the company that mark...

Organizing the Disappointed in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 04.17.2014 | World
John Feffer

When Poland went through its 'shock therapy' years of the early 1990s, many people lost out as a result of the economic reforms. The unemployment rate went up rapidly from under one percent in January 1990 to over 16 percent in 1994.

Why Can't We Defend Obamacare? Catch-22, That's Why

Michael Wolkowitz | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Michael Wolkowitz

Just because the ACA is better than what came before it doesn't mean it is good. It certainly doesn't mean it is good enough. The right can call out all the problems and label them as they wish. Never mind that they laid the groundwork for those problems.

In a Free-Market Economy 'Income Inequality' Will Always Be a Fact of Life

Howard Barbanel | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Howard Barbanel

There has always been a top five percent and a top one percent in the U.S. In any free market capitalist society there are always going to be some folks who do exceedingly better than others.

Marx Was Right: 5 Correct Predictions About Modern Capitalism

Sean McElwee | Posted 04.07.2014 | Business
Sean McElwee

While Marx was wrong about some things, his writings accurately predicted several aspects of contemporary capitalism, from the Great Recession to the iPhone 5S in your pocket.

Religious Idealism vs. Worldly Realities -- Part 2

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 04.01.2014 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

In a previous post, where I contrasted the views of the political "Left" with those of the "Right," I pointed out that both right and left really do claim to hold the same goal: a prosperous and relatively decent life for every human being on the planet. The only real argument seems to be on how to actually achieve it.

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.