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Sunday, May 20, 2018
Eugene Debs Socialist Party History

Forgotten In This Election, America’s First Socialist Presidential Candidate

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.

February 29, 2016
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes part in a rally to preserve union pensions in Washington

Interview: Labor Historian Nick Salvatore on Eugene Debs, Bernie Sanders, and Socialism in Modern American Politics

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.

February 27, 2016

Late Night Roundup: Drone Strikes — ‘Precise’ And ‘Imperfect’

Trevor Noah and former CIA Director Michael Hayden discussed the complex moral issues of fighting against terrorism through the use of drone strikes.

February 26, 2016
Bernie Sanders painting

In That Old Volkswagen Bus With Bernie, Rolling Toward 1972

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.

January 20, 2016
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2015: Our Very Own Year In Review

A selection of our best analysis, commentary, and reporting from 2015.

December 31, 2015

Hot 2015 Words? A Political ‘ism’ Vision

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.

December 29, 2015

White House Candidate Sanders Defends ‘Democratic Socialism’ Label

Sanders: President Franklin Roosevelt’s programs, including Social Security, the minimum wage, and banking regulations, were all called “socialist” at the time.

November 19, 2015

White House Hopeful Embraces A Dirty Word In U.S. Politics – ‘Socialist’

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.”

November 8, 2015
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4 Bogus Controversies About Bernie Sanders

Yes, Bernie Sanders identifies as a socialist, but that and other “controversies” are really non-issues.

July 10, 2015
Bernie Sanders painting

Can Bernie Sanders Take ‘Socialism’ Mainstream In America?

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.

July 8, 2015

When Socialism Saves Capitalism

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 […]

September 22, 2011