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Amazed that Bernie Sanders, a self-described Democratic Socialist, presented a serious challenge to Hillary Clinton and ultimately winning more voters under the age of 40 and raising more money from small donations than Barack Obama, I asked myself how it was possible that just a few short years ago his candidacy would have been a joke.

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How did this nation go from demonizing anyone and anything associated with the word “socialism” to nearly nominating a Democratic Socialist to the highest office of the land?

How did this nation go from demonizing anyone and anything associated with the word “socialism” to nearly nominating a Democratic Socialist to the highest office of the land?

Could it be that our notion of what socialism has changed? Is it that capitalism, as it is practiced today, is no longer producing outcomes that satisfy the vast majority of Americans? Is it possible that the definition of the word socialism itself is changing?

We thought if anyone could answer these questions, it would be Professor Richard Wolff. Credentialed to be a professor of economics, Dr. Rick Wolff, has degrees from several Ivy League institutions, including Harvard and Yale, as well as Stanford. For more than 30 years, Prof. Wolff was an economics professor, authoring a number of books. But something different began to happen around the time of the Occupy Movement—Rick Wolff became an increasingly popular speaker across the country. His popularity has continued to spread, unabated, no doubt do to his talent for making complex issues understandable to the average person.

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Rick recently claimed that our brand of capitalism is what brought us President Donald Trump – he asserts that issues of global warming, gross economic inequality, and a whole host of other social ills are the consequences of a brand of capitalism that is inherently unjust. At the same time, he argues that traditional socialism was very problematic and is also in deep trouble.

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So what's his solution? You can find out this Friday at Occidental College.

Sharon Kyle
Publisher, LA Progressive

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