Bernie Sanders may be the country’s best-known socialist, but he’s certainly not the first socialist to run for president. That distinction belongs to Eugene Debs, a rural Ohioan who revolutionized American politics a century ago.
The major difference between the Debs era and what Bernie Sanders is dealing with now has less to do with socialism than it has to do with capitalism.
Trevor Noah and former CIA Director Michael Hayden discussed the complex moral issues of fighting against terrorism through the use of drone strikes.
Let the GOP attack machine get to work on Sanders and I’m guessing we’d soon learn that there’s no great yearning among the electorate for socialism—democratic or not.
Racism, feminism, communism, capitalism and terrorism — among other popular “isms” — have been so bent out of shape by partisan and ideological accusations and counter-accusations that you need a dictionary just to keep score.
Sanders: President Franklin Roosevelt’s programs, including Social Security, the minimum wage, and banking regulations, were all called “socialist” at the time.
The question though is whether the independent Vermont senator can persuade a broader swath of Democrats to accept his version of socialism, a term he acknowledges makes many people “very, very nervous.”
Right-wingers have long accused President Obama of being a “socialist,” conflating his pretty standard brand of liberalism with some sort of Red Menace. But Sanders has long been proud of the label.
WASHINGTON — Have you noticed that one of the Obama administration’s most successful programs is also its most “socialist” initiative? OK, the bailout of General Motors and Chrysler was not socialist in the classic sense: the government was not looking to hold onto the companies over the long run. Their turnaround was accomplished in significant […]