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Bernie Sanders’ Money Haul Should Make Hillary Clinton Nervous

Sanders’ presidential campaign announced that it raised an eye-bugging $26 million in the third quarter—essentially matching the $28 million raised during those three months by Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: The Kind of Society We Want

By Jeremy Corbyn

We celebrate the values of solidarity, of compassion, of social justice, fighting for the underprivileged, and of working for people at home and abroad. These things are not dreams, but practical realities that we, together, intend to achieve.

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 READ MORE

Cornel West Compares Bernie Sanders With Jesse Jackson

Bernie Sanders’ most high-profile black supporter describes the socialist senator’s presidential campaign as “even more progressive” than those of Democratic insurgent Jesse Jackson in the 1980s. In an interview, West also touches on the issue of Israel.

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Jeremy Corbyn, Fighter for Social Justice, Peace and Human Rights

Although his feet have barely touched the ground, the Labour Party’s new leader, a man of principle, is already reinvigorating British politics.

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 READ MORE

The Far Left Needs to Relax a Little and Support Bernie Sanders

Sanders’ leftist critics can fantasize that they are doing humanity a great service by scoffing at his campaign, but who is making greater strides toward triggering the mass enlightenment that is key to empowering the oppressed?

Posted on Sep 19, 2015 READ MORE

The Smear

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

After Tight Iowa Poll, Sanders Underscores His Policy Differences With Hillary Clinton

A new poll showed Bernie Sanders trailing Hillary Clinton by only seven percentage points in Iowa, attracting 30 percent of Democratic voters after one-third of Clinton’s supporters transferred allegiance to him.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE

Cornel West Wants Bernie Sanders as President

The influential scholar and civil rights activist has broken with Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, answering black voters’ skepticism about Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign with an endorsement of the socialist candidate.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE

Meet the U.K.’s Bernie Sanders

Like our very own Bernie Sanders, socialist Jeremy Corbyn, who’s likely to be the next leader of the United Kingdom’s Labour Party, has “tapped a deep well of resentment against the mainstream political elite.”

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 READ MORE

U.K. Candidate Says He Will Apologize for Labour Party Role in Iraq War If He’s Elected

Left-wing politician Jeremy Corbyn is making quite a stir as he takes the lead in the race to replace Ed Miliband as head of the United Kingdom’s Labour Party.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Tells Reporters Why He Won’t Attack Clinton

After speaking to a crowd of 2,000 people in Dubuque, Iowa, in mid-August, the Democratic presidential candidate told reporters that he didn’t enter the race to play in the media’s “sport” of choice.

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 READ MORE

Knock, Knock, Hillary: Black Lives Matter Wants to Speak With You, Too

Black Lives Matter activists are leaving their mark on presidential campaigns, comedian Stephen Colbert shares his thoughts on women, and a socialist politician is stirring things up in the U.K. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 15, 2015 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Supporters Embrace the Word ‘Socialism’

Attendees at the candidate’s largest rally in Portland, Ore., seemed “to understand Sanders’s socialism as a way to reintroduce a simple modicum of humanity into an economic system that has no real cushion [for] those who suffer ill health or simple bad luck,” writes Guardian correspondent Jason Wilson.

Posted on Aug 6, 2015 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Jul 12, 2015 READ MORE

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?

Posted on Jun 21, 2015 READ MORE

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.

Posted on May 31, 2015 READ MORE

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.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE

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.”

Posted on Apr 3, 2015 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 READ MORE

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

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE

Deficit Hawks

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 READ MORE

‘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.

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE

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

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Mar 2, 2014 READ MORE


Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE

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

Moyan Brenn (CC BY 2.0)

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.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE

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

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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

Vince Hosea

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

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