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In Paraguay, Pope Francis Continues Historic Critique of Global Capitalism

“The Argentine pope seemed to be asking for a social revolution,” wrote The New York Times on Friday as Pope Francis’ Latin American tour, featuring “left-leaning critiques” of “the inequalities of capitalism” and of “a ‘new colonialism’ rooted in an inequitable economic order,” approached its end.

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My Weekend With Bernie: Three Issues Candidate Sanders Didn’t Address at His L.A. Fundraiser

The independent socialist said a lot of the right things, but he avoided the topics of foreign policy and Edward Snowden. Also, what’s his real motivation for running?

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Robert Scheer: Cyberwarfare Is ‘Where the Real Money Is’ (Part 1 of 10)

Just how and when did the military-industrial complex become the military-intelligence complex? And what’s the link between Amazon and the Pentagon?

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE



How Mainstream Is Bernie Sanders Really?

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the presidential candidate for the Democratic nomination, has trouble being taken seriously by the corporate media, what with him being a democratic socialist and all.

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 READ MORE



Karl Marx Was Right

The economist and philosopher foresaw that capitalism had built within it the seeds of its own destruction, that the greed of a tiny elite would eventually bring down the system. The final stages that he predicted are visible all around us now.

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VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Launches a Presidential Race for Ordinary Americans

Hear the campaign launch speech of the lone openly socialist figure in the national U.S. political establishment.

Posted on May 30, 2015 READ MORE



Progressives Win Big in Spain as ‘Anti-Eviction Crusader’ Ada Colau Is Elected Mayor of Barcelona

In a triumphant win, the anti-poverty activist, who rose to fame fighting for Spaniards being evicted from their homes, was elected to head the Catalan city of Barcelona on Sunday. Meanwhile, in Madrid, the 20-year conservative grip on power could be coming to an end.

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Which Is Better for Innovation: Capitalism or Democratic Socialism?

“At the heart” of capitalism, philosopher Tony Smith writes, “we find neither bold entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, nor established firms.”

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Don’t Believe Media Coverage of Venezuela

It’s hard to fathom why Western media seem to buy into the U.S. government’s demonization of Venezuela’s democratically elected socialist government and yet essentially give a pass to countries (Mexico, anyone?) with clearly corrupt and discredited leadership.

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Survey: More Than 60% of Germans Believe Capitalism, Democracy Are Mutually Exclusive

It’s been 25 years and change since the Berlin Wall came down, but as it turns out, many Germans now aren’t so big on the whole capitalism thing.

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Seattle Socialist Council Member Kshama Sawant Responds to Obama’s SOTU

“Some of the proposals Obama made tonight point in the right direction, on taxing the rich, on providing a free community college education, paid sick and maternity leave, and municipal broadband,” Sawant began.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE



MLK: Socialist, Conscience of America

“On several occasions, King told his aides that the US needed a democratic socialism that would guarantee jobs and income for all,” writes Lee Sustar in Socialist Worker

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Obama Authorizes Sanctions Against Venezuelan Socialists

The American president has signed legislation that freezes assets and revokes travel visas belonging to Venezuelan officials who stand accused of violating the human rights of opponents of the South American nation’s socialist government.

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Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? (Parts 1, 2 and 3)

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges embarks on a long, ranging discussion with political philosopher and former professor of politics at Princeton University Sheldon Wolin on the state of American democracy and the rise of corporate capitalism.

Posted on Oct 25, 2014 READ MORE



The Imperative of Revolt

Two leading political philosophers, Sheldon Wolin and John Ralston Saul, explore the corporations’ slow-motion coup d’état and the prospects of financial collapse and revolt.

Posted on Oct 19, 2014 READ MORE



Bolivia’s Socialist President Wins a Third Term

Bolivian President Evo Morales declared his re-election victory Sunday a triumph for socialist reforms that have reduced poverty. He will begin a third term with roughy 60 percent of the votes cast.

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Shrinking the Global Income Gap

A new study from Harvard Business School suggests that people all across the world, from very divergent backgrounds and ideologies, want the income gap to become smaller—and also that it’s actually bigger than they realized.

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‘Reparations Is Not a Movement, It’s a Brand’

Amid a renewed call for reparations to be paid to the descendants of America’s black slaves, Bruce A. Dixon at the Black Agenda Report notes a crucial gap between the diagnoses and prescriptions made by socially concerned journalists.

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Stephen Colbert to Thomas Piketty: ‘Why Are You Trying to Tear Down the Western Economic System?’

The writer of the best-selling book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” that’s on everybody’s mind these days stopped by “The Colbert Report” on Monday for a reckoning with the faux-conservative host.

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When Empires Collide: Honesty and Resistance Begin at Home

Armed shock troops in key cities of Ukraine may yet provoke a civil war. Ukraine is now a disputed territory between two oligarchic regimes, one based in Ukraine and the other in the Russian Federation. But there is also a collision of imperial spheres of interest in this region.

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE



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The Practical Choice: Not American Capitalism or ‘Welfare State Socialism’

For years Americans have assumed that our hard-charging capitalism is better than the soft-hearted version found in Canada and Europe.

Posted on May 21, 2014 READ MORE


One Man’s Failure

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Free Elections or Business as Usual: Los Angeles News Group or Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce?

Corporate rule means the rules apply only to workers, but not to corporate CEOs and the ruling class. Unrestricted corporate power is capitalist totalitarianism.

Posted on May 11, 2014 READ MORE


Sen. Sanders: ‘Will This Nation Become an Oligarchic Form of Society?’

In an address to the U.S. Senate this week, Vermont independent Bernie Sanders testified to the basics of wealth inequality and described how it distorts the U.S. political process. His speech contains vital statistics for your reference.

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Sen. Bernie Sanders (Video)

In a Truthdig exclusive, the Vermont senator and avowed socialist discusses why the super-rich should support an amendment mandating the public funding of elections.

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Now You See Me

Growing up in a well-heeled suburban community, I absorbed our society’s distaste for dissent long before I was old enough to grasp just what was being dismissed, which is why I traveled thousands of miles to a Zapatista “organizing school” in the heart of the Lacandon jungle in southeastern Mexico to try to sort out just what I’d been missing.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 READ MORE



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France’s Socialists to Be Tested After Two Years of Francois Hollande

In an extensive piece in Le Monde, Serge Halimi’s analysis of France’s current political turmoil gives clarity to the history about how and why the French economy has taken a sharp turn for the worse.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE


Russell Brand: ‘Socialism Is Christianity Politicized’

Comedian-actor-writer Russell Brand took on a range of topics including spirituality, materialism, politics and revolution during an interview at Cambridge University’s student union in England last week.

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Seattle Socialist Kshama Sawant Takes Office

Seattle’s first socialist city official in decades, an economics teacher, former Occupy Wall Street activist and former Truthdigger of the Week, ran on a campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. She enters office Monday along with Mayor Ed Murray.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Venezuelan Socialism Vindicated in City Elections

“Chavismo,” the left-wing movement that blossomed around deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez over the past decade, “comfortably” won municipal elections throughout the country this month, “consolidating President Maduro’s leadership, and further enhancing Venezuelan democracy,” writes a leader of the populist Venezuela Solidarity Campaign.

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Voters Approve $15 Minimum Wage for Workers Around Seattle Airport

In the same election in which a socialist won a seat on the Seattle City Council, voters in the nearby city of SeaTac also approved a $15 hourly minimum wage for some workers in and around Seattle-Tacoma airport. Even if a recount reverses the result, the election seems to place the Seattle area at the vanguard of a surge of progressive political success.

Posted on Nov 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Kshama Sawant

By winning a seat on Seattle’s City Council this month, the socialist has given her fellow citizens one of the best opportunities in living memory to determine their individual and collective futures. Will city residents make good on it?

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 READ MORE



Why Mugshots Shouldn’t Be Publicized

Some self-serving websites charge people who have been arrested to take their photos off the Internet; socialists should be outraged about Obamacare; meanwhile, is Obama headed toward isolationism or exceptionalism? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Love It or Leave It?

Journalism is often a form of priestcraft. If human victims are required on the pyramids of sacrifice, a mob of journalists is always ready to slip on priestly robes while reaching for the knives.

Posted on Aug 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Venezuelan Communes Need More Government Aid, Maduro Urges

Nicolas Maduro, Hugo Chavez’s former right hand man and current president of Venezuela, called on his administration Thursday to offer more help on constructing socialist settlements in the country. The president, addressing the nation on his TV show, “Bolivarian Dialogue,” emphasized that the communes are a priority and require support in order to expand.

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on How to Move Forward

After a series of interviews discussing such issues as corporate control of America and the grim realities facing the economy and environment, the Real News Network’s Paul Jay asks the Truthdig columnist what he thinks is “the key link for what’s next.”

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Gaze Upon the Danish Dream of Freedom

Unlike the Danes, American society has abstracted freedom from its prerequisite of economic security. Vermonters learned of enviable Danish freedom in a series of town meetings this month with one of their senators, Bernie Sanders, and Peter Taksoe-Jensen, the Danish ambassador to the U.S.

Posted on May 28, 2013 READ MORE



How the News Is Killing You

Reading mass media news articles is unhealthy and causes unhappiness, so stop it; Americans want to know more about socialism, as evidenced by Merriam-Webster’s two most searched entries in 2012; meanwhile the Swedes were dissatisfied with gendered pronouns and have officially incorporated a third, gender-neutral one into their language. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 READ MORE


Thatcher and Chavez in Heaven

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Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s ‘Iron Lady,’ Dies

The conservative Thatcher vastly reshaped Britain with her economic policies, pulling the country back from 35 years of socialism and ushering in a new era of privatization.

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Venezuela and the Middle East After Chavez

The foreign policy of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez imagined that socialism and anti-imperialism are the same thing, and that he could lead a new sort of socialist international. These considerations shaped his Middle East policy in ways that were contradictory and hypocritical.

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Castro Brothers’ Reign to End by 2018

Raul Castro announced Sunday that his new presidential term would be his last as the “founding generation” of Cuba’s 1959 revolution gives “new generations the responsibility to continue building socialism.”

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 READ MORE



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The Making of Global Capitalism

Although Karl Marx discerned in the middle of the 19th century that a new class of capitalists was creating “a world after its own image,” it took until the beginning of the 21st century before “a constantly expanding market” could be said to have fully spread capitalist social relations “over the entire surface of the globe,” write Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin in their new book, “The Making of Global Capitalism.”

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Karl Marx Is More Relevant Than Ever

“For many in my generation, the ideological underpinnings of capitalism have been undermined,” writes Jacobin editor Bhaskar Sunkara at The Guardian. “That a higher percentage of Americans between the ages of 18 and 30 have a more favorable opinion of socialism than capitalism … signals that the cold war era conflation of socialism with Stalinism no longer holds sway.”

Posted on Jan 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Ailing Hugo Chavez Names Successor

Although he was only recently elected to a fourth term as Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chavez has flown to Cuba for yet another surgery to address malignant cancer.

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 READ MORE



Where Women Can Have It All

While Mitt Romney tries to make us believe socialism is evil, working mothers in France are evidence to the contrary; several stories about employers insisting their employees vote for Romney have come to light; meanwhile, activists in Guatemala are peacefully protesting mining in San José del Golfo in spite of violence against them. These discoveries and more.

Posted on Nov 4, 2012 READ MORE


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