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What It Means to Be a Socialist

To be a socialist is to stand for the next generation and against the destructive forces of corporations and the military. If we do not move toward life, society will fall and take everyone with it.

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 READ MORE

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Brad Sherman Unveil Bill to Bust Up Mega-Bank Menace

It’s going to take more than just a well-aimed blow from an underdog’s slingshot to bring down the banking monster that our current system of grabby-hands capitalism and compliant government has created.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Brad Sherman Team Up to Break Up America’s Biggest Banks

Building off the momentum from his 2016 campaign launch Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders is taking aim at America’s banking behemoths with an aggressively named new bill he drew up with Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., called the “Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Exist Act.”


Posted on May 5, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Sen. Bernie Sanders: ‘We Need a Political Revolution in This Country’

On Sunday’s edition of “This Week With George Stephanopoulos,” the ABC host might have thought he was point-blanking the newly minted presidential candidate with some blunt questions, but Sanders hit harder with his answers.

Posted on May 3, 2015 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Means Business With 2016 Presidential Run

This is no political stunt, folks: In his newest article, Rolling Stone’s biggest marquee reporter, Matt Taibbi, sizes up Sen. Bernie Sanders’ bid for the presidency in the 2016 election and concludes that Sanders is the real deal.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE

Sen. Bernie Sanders Gears Up to Launch 2016 Presidential Campaign

It’s on, as of Thursday: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is slated to announce that he’s throwing in to join the roster of candidates for the 2016 election. He’ll be running as a Democrat.

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 READ MORE

The Most Dangerous Woman in America

Kshama Sawant, the socialist on the Seattle City Council, is up for re-election, and the Establishment is determined to defeat her and the ideas she champions before they spread.

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 READ MORE

Obama Ratchets Up Conflict With Venezuela

Tensions between the U.S. and Venezuelan governments mounted this week following the news that President Obama had officially declared Venezuela a national security threat and had levied sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials.

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 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

GOP Lawmaker’s ‘Socialist’ Obama Claim, Will Ferrell’s Mayoral Endorsement, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including an assertion made by Sen. Marco Rubio during his SOTU response is questioned and the Republicans’ so-called Benghazi witch hunt makes its way into Treasury secretary nominee Jack Lew’s confirmation hearing.

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 READ MORE

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France Unveils ‘Combat’ Budget

French President Francois Hollande announced a $47 billion economic recovery plan Friday that will raise more than $25 billion from tax increases with the help of a 75 percent “supertax” on incomes of more than $1.3 million a year.

Posted on Sep 29, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Michel Spingler

France Goes With the Socialist

The austerity regime in Europe took a big hit Sunday, with French voters electing Socialist Francois Hollande, while the Greeks, also voting Sunday, handed out pink slips to the ruling centrist coalition that has slashed government spending on EU orders.

Posted on May 6, 2012 READ MORE

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Russian Billionaire Throws In to Challenge Putin

He’s a high-rolling billionaire bachelor who owns the New Jersey Nets, and now Mikhail Prokhorov says he’s aiming to take down the biggest player in Russian politics by running against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for the presidency next March.

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 READ MORE

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FBI Steps Up Raids on Activists’ Homes

In May, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department SWAT officers broke into the home of 63-year-old Carlos Montes, a prominent anti-war activist and organizer for working class causes, and arrested him on suspicion of illegal possession of a firearm. The occurrence of similar arrests suggests the FBI is staging a low-profile witch hunt. (more)

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 READ MORE

The Nation

The Nation Magazine Rethinks Capitalism

Last month, editors at The Nation magazine published 13 mini-essays on the subject of how to make capitalism “less destructive and domineering, [and] more focused on what people really need for fulfilling lives” written by lefty thinkers in business, activism and politics. (more)

Posted on Jul 9, 2011 READ MORE

Venezuelan State Television

Smackdown in Venezuela

In a brawl broadcast live on television and radio, Venezuelan legislators exchanged blows as members of President Hugo Chavez’s United Socialist Party tried to remove an opposition member from the parliament’s speaker’s podium.

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE

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Tea Party Express Rolls Into D.C.

A crowd of tea party types pitched camp in Washington, D.C., for a “tax day” demonstration Thursday, waving their usual socialism-themed signage and talking smack about their three least favorite people on Capitol Hill: President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / Miron Podgorean

France’s ‘Pink Tide’

French voters are turning against the right-wing policies of President Nicolas Sarkozy in what many are calling the “pink tide,” a leftward shift in French politics that is putting Socialists and Greens in many legislative seats around the country.

Posted on Mar 13, 2010 READ MORE

Beck and Massa

Eric Massa’s ‘Glenn Beck’ Moment Bears Strange Fruit

If former Rep. Eric Massa hoped he’d get a post-resignation PR boost from his guest spot on Glenn Beck’s Fox News show Tuesday, he made some bad choices in his quest for support. Those included his selection of venue and his whimsical approach to clearing up the sexual harassment issue that played a key part in his strange, memorable exit from office.

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 READ MORE


CPAC 2010: Festival of Whites

Last weekend’s big right-wing clusterf summit meeting, CPAC 2010, brought out the bright, white stars of conservative America, many of whom conjured up some creative labels for their enemies on the left, including this gem from Mitt Romney: “Liberal neo-monarchists.” Huh?

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE


And Now, a Word About ‘Czar’ Mythology

Certain prominent media figures who shall remain nameless are getting all worked up about President Obama’s “czars” and, having latched onto this term as fodder for a little old-fashioned partisan punditry, are busy freaking out their followers with sinister socialist imagery—but let’s take a good look at the recent history of this term in American politics, shall we?

Posted on Sep 28, 2009 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Stokin’ the Fear at Crazytown Hall Meetings

There’s a whole lot of Baracknophobia going on when it comes to some folks’ worries about health care reform, but how much of it is based on valid concern and how much is, well, stoked by certain media figures hoping to create a flurry of good ol’ American pseudo-events? In other words, turn off the Glenn Beck, people.

Posted on Aug 11, 2009 READ MORE

AP photo / Sang Tan

French Parliament Nixes Web Piracy Bill

Sacre bleu! Some conservative members of France’s parliament are probably regretting their decision to begin their Easter break a little early, as their absence allowed rival socialists to ambush an Internet piracy bill on Thursday.

Posted on Apr 9, 2009 READ MORE


Stone to Turn Camera on Chavez

After making a movie about President Bush, what’s “W.” director Oliver Stone to do next? Why, he’ll make a documentary about that repeat Bush taunter from Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez, of course!

Posted on Dec 10, 2008 READ MORE

Flickr / openDemocracy

Chavez Celebrates Sweeping Victory

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez has survived an electoral challenge with flying colors. His party swept 17 of 22 state elections, although the opposition was victorious in several key skirmishes, including the capital state, the mayoralty of Caracas and even Venezuela’s biggest slum, traditionally a Chavez stronghold.

Posted on Nov 24, 2008 READ MORE


FactCheck Presents the Biggest Whoppers of Campaign ‘08

Time to relive the magic that was the 2008 presidential campaign—one big, outrageous prevarication at a time. delivers the “Whoppers of 2008,” courtesy of both Team McCain and Obama HQ.

Posted on Nov 3, 2008 READ MORE

Stephen Colbert and Joe McCarthy (graphic)

Colbert on Obama the Socialist

Stephen Colbert has figured out John McCain’s new campaign strategy of trying to paint his rival as a socialist: “Clearly the McCain campaign is targeting its most important voter: Joe the McCarthy.”

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE

AP photo / Gene J. Puskar

Just How Dumb Are White Males?

Let me now defend white males. We can’t possibly be as dumb as the polls showing we are John McCain’s most reliable voting base would indicate.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE

AP photo / Carolyn Kaster

John McCain in the Echo Chamber

October proved to be the cruelest month, for that was the time that Sen. McCain, he of the round, blank, Little Orphan Annie eyes, chose to try out a number of weird lies about Barack Obama ostensibly in the interest of a Republican Party long overdue for burial.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008 READ MORE

Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Greenspan’s Glitch, Palin’s Duds

So Alan Greenspan isn’t clairvoyant, as it turns out. Whoops! Neither, apparently, are Sarah Palin’s handlers, or else they might have done some bargain shopping instead of landing their leading lady in a heap of trouble over her pricey threads.

Posted on Oct 26, 2008 READ MORE


Your Handy Guide to the Right’s 11th-Hour Attacks on Obama

Thus far this election season, we’ve witnessed a number of scare tactics cooked up by conservatives hoping to scare the bejeezus out of voters who might even consider choosing Barack Obama over John McCain, and the fun isn’t over yet.

Posted on Oct 18, 2008 READ MORE

AP photo / J. Pat Carter

McCain Wishes Castro a Speedy Retirement From Land of the Living

Sen. John McCain, campaigning in Indianapolis, said Cuba won’t be better off under Fidel Castro’s fraternal successor, Raul Castro, whom he called “worse in many respects than Fidel was,” and the Republican front-runner voiced the hope that Fidel will meet his commie maker, Karl Marx, “very soon.”

Posted on Feb 22, 2008 READ MORE

Nicolas Sarkozy

Conservative Wins French Election

Socialist candidate Segolene Royal has conceded to conservative Nicolas Sarkozy, the next president of France. In his acceptance speech, Sarkozy promised to unite a divided nation and urged Washington to address climate change more aggressively.

Posted on May 6, 2007 READ MORE

Segolene Royal

France’s Vote Turnout Highest in Decades

France has experienced its highest voter turnout in nearly 50 years, with right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy and socialist Segolene Royal, pictured, headed for a runoff. If she wins, Royal will be France’s first woman president, but she took in fewer votes than Sarkozy.

Posted on Apr 22, 2007 READ MORE


Bernie Sanders’ Independent Revolution

In this March 2006 Truthdig Interview Bernie Sanders discusses his quest to become the junior senator from Vermont. Sanders, the U.S. House’s sole Independent and only socialist, defeated his opponent Richard Tarrant in a landslide victory and is now Senator-elect.

Posted on Mar 22, 2006 READ MORE

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