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The Other Big Surprise of 2016 Is the Return of Democratic Socialism

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 00:00 By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network | News Analysis

Democratic socialism used to be a vibrant force in American life. During the first two decades of the twentieth century, the Socialist Party of America, headed by the charismatic union leader, Eugene V. Debs, grew rapidly, much like its sister parties in Europe and elsewhere: the British Labour Party, theFrench Socialist Party, the Swedish Social Democratic Party, the Australian Labor Party, and dozens of similar parties that voters chose to govern their countries. Publicizing its ideas through articles, lectures, rallies, and hundreds of party newspapers, America's Socialist Party elected an estimated 1,200 public officials, including 79 mayors, in 340 cities, as well as numerous members of state legislatures and two members of Congress. Once in office, the party implemented a broad range of social reforms designed to curb corporate abuses, democratize the economy, and improve the lives of working class Americans. 

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Weaponized Drones and the Phony "War on Terror"

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 00:00 By Ed Kinane, Speakout | Op-Ed

Like the phony "war on drugs," the phony "war on terrorism" promotes economic interests, serves political agendas, entrenches militarism. Neither war reduces drug use or violence. Nor are they designed to. Terrorism -- past and present -- pervades the US psyche and economy. Terrorism, so-called, and the fear thereof, blunts our minds, shrinks our hearts. This contrived national obsession gives the Pentagon and NSA/Homeland Security their ever-expanding powers. It tightens their grip. It swells their coffers. 

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The Other Big Surprise of 2016 Is the Return of Democratic Socialism

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 00:00 By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network | News Analysis

Democratic socialism used to be a vibrant force in American life. During the first two decades of the twentieth century, the Socialist Party of America, headed by the charismatic union leader, Eugene V. Debs, grew rapidly, much like its sister parties in Europe and elsewhere: the British Labour Party, theFrench Socialist Party, the Swedish Social Democratic Party, the Australian Labor Party, and dozens of similar parties that voters chose to govern their countries. Publicizing its ideas through articles, lectures, rallies, and hundreds of party newspapers, America's Socialist Party elected an estimated 1,200 public officials, including 79 mayors, in 340 cities, as well as numerous members of state legislatures and two members of Congress. Once in office, the party implemented a broad range of social reforms designed to curb corporate abuses, democratize the economy, and improve the lives of working class Americans. 

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  • Author 45897
  • Label News Analysis
  • Related Content 34977,35343,35819
  • Disclaimer This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.
  • FB description Whether or not Sanders reaches the White House, it's clear that democratic socialism has made a comeback in American life.

Weaponized Drones and the Phony "War on Terror"

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 00:00 By Ed Kinane, Speakout | Op-Ed

Like the phony "war on drugs," the phony "war on terrorism" promotes economic interests, serves political agendas, entrenches militarism. Neither war reduces drug use or violence. Nor are they designed to. Terrorism -- past and present -- pervades the US psyche and economy. Terrorism, so-called, and the fear thereof, blunts our minds, shrinks our hearts. This contrived national obsession gives the Pentagon and NSA/Homeland Security their ever-expanding powers. It tightens their grip. It swells their coffers. 

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  • Author 45224
  • Label Op-Ed
  • Related Content 23476,30117,35297
  • Disclaimer Copyright, Truthout. May not be reprinted without permission.
  • FB description Like the ''war on drugs,'' the phony ''war on terrorism'' promotes economic interests, serves political agendas, entrenches militarism.