Daily Archives: November 24, 2015

The S Word: A Short History of an American Tradition…Socialism

I have referred to the book The S Word: A Short History of an American Tradition…Socialism before on this blog.

A few months before the 2010 midterms, Newt Gingrich described the socialist infiltration of American government and media as “even more disturbing than the threats from foreign terrorists.” John Nichols offers an unapologetic retort to the return of red-baiting in American political life—arguing that socialism has a long, proud, American history. Tom Paine was enamored of early socialists, Horace Greeley employed Karl Marx as a correspondent, and Helen Keller was an avowed socialist. The “S” Word gives Americans back a crucial aspect of their past and makes a forthright case for socialist ideas today.

I don’t think enough people are taking up my challenge to read this book to see what startling evidence there is for this viewpoint of our history. I am afraid that the only way I can convey to you what is in the book is to show an occasional image of a page from the book.

Page from The S Word: A Short History of an American Tradition...Socialism

Stop Candidate Forums Badly Done by MoveOn.org

I have started a petition on MoveOn.org Stop Candidate Forums Badly Done by MoveOn.org.

Sometimes you need to warn organizations that you thought were your friends when they go off the rails. If they don’t give you an opportunity to give your feedback through their contact page, then you have to use whatever means they do give you. I thought the following petition was most appropriate.

Why people do not vote

Alice Marshall tweeted me about her article Why people do not vote.

Poor and middle class people, the 99%, have no control over their rent or mortgage, no control over their bank, their utility company, their insurance company, children’s school, place of employment, or a host of other institutions that shape their life. Political parties are asking people to believe that once a year they can go into a booth, press some buttons, and materially affect their life. Nothing in their experience in life suggests that this simple act will have real consequences. So how can party activists at the local level change that? Well, it would be nice if Democrats who won elections didn’t instantly turn around and start attacking Social Security and other institutions crucial to the well being of the 99%. But even in the face of that sort of betrayal, there are things that local activists can do to drive up turn out.

If the above excerpt doesn’t give you enough incentive to follow the link to her article, then I don’t know what will.