In just two decades, the total value of the energy from fossil fuel extraction has plummeted by more than half.
Lance Selfa tells the story of the socialist writer's dramatic 1934 campaign to become governor of California -- and considers the lessons it holds for the left today.
Part One: Mitt Romney
Part Two: Newt Gingrich
Part Three: Ron Paul
Part Four: Rick Santorum
Part Five: Barack Obama
Mike Ludwig is a Truthout reporter. Follow him on Twitter: @ludwig_mike.