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

Rafael Osío Cabrices | Posted 07.10.2014 | 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 06.09.2014 | 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 06.03.2014 | 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.

Does Bill Maher Still Think America Should Emulate the NFL?

Jim Treacy | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Jim Treacy

With Super Bowl XLVIII fast approaching and the wealth concentration issue more on people's hearts and minds than it was three years ago, I wonder if upon reflection Bill Maher still advocates the "NFL brand of socialism" for America?

The Yankees and Tanaka: Socialism Works

Richard Brodsky | Posted 03.25.2014 | New York
Richard Brodsky

When Marx started to talk about public ownership of the means of production, he never guessed he was predicting how the Yankees would maneuver themselves a free stadium. And he never expected his most successful disciples to be two billionaires, George Steinbrenner and Mike Bloomberg.

Alaska's Permanent Fund Isn't Communism, It's the Owner State

John Aronno | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
John Aronno

The Alaska Permanent Fund isn't popularly associated with Communism, and shouldn't be. Alaska is an Owner State. And we should be fighting to keep that vision as hard as the people trying to use us as a wedge issue to fit their narratives.

De Blasio Is No Socialist

Sven Carlsson | Posted 03.11.2014 | New York
Sven Carlsson

If there were a time for New York to shift progressive, this would be it. The city's demographics favor liberal candidates, and the gap between rich and poor is so significant that running on a platform to fight it will get you 73 percent of the vote.

Pope Francis and the Social Responsibility of Corporations

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

The recent distraction about the purported "Marxist" beliefs of Pope Francis pronounced by people who have obviously not taken the time to read his recent exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium," (The Joy of the Gospel) is just that, a distraction.

Limbaugh Attacks Pope

Jeff Danziger | Posted 02.15.2014 | Media
Jeff Danziger

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50 Years of Hysteria: Heathen Communist Presidents, Then and Now, in the Minds of the Far Right

Kevin Goodman | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics
Kevin Goodman

It's obvious that socialism, Marxism, and communism are words with derogatory connotations in the collective mind of the United States; the evil United Socialist Soviet Republic did, after all, influence the bulk of 20th century U.S. rhetoric.