Bruce Lerro: Most people who support the Democratic Party don’t really consider the party as it actually is, but how they imagine is should be.
Richard Wolff: The truths of younger generations, now spoken ever louder to power, are also wakening to the need for an alliance with a socially effective power to contest against both the GOP and the Dems.
Bruce Lerro: Workers’ self-management, workers’ control, and worker cooperatives currently exist and many are surviving with better production records than capitalist businesses or workers under state socialism.
Richard Wolff: Given the conditions of global capitalism in the new century, a trickle down policy for the post-2008 US meant that “recovery” would be slow and bypass millions.
Peter Dreier: His nearly-successful left-wing campaign for governor of California in 1934 — a Socialist running as a Democrat, whose party leaders sought his defeat — not only pushed FDR’s New Deal to the left but also foreshadowed Bernie Sanders’ recent presidential crusade.
Bruce Lero: In political Facebook groups there is discussion about what is going on in the political economy but how much do these discussions contribute, if anything, to building socialism.
Tom Hal: For decades, the corporate right has used the terms “socialist” and “communism” as scare words. I expect that almost NO ONE using those terms as scare terms has any idea what either of them actually means.
Bruce Lerro: The implications are that if the Hillary Harpies could convince you she really didn’t do those things she is accused of, she might be worth voting for.
Richard Wolff: Many system-critics of today’s capitalism are focusing increasingly on an economic transition from hierarchical capitalist enterprise organization to enterprises organized more horizontally as democratic worker cooperatives.
Bruce Lerro: Many of us were amazed to discover, thanks to the catalyst of Bernie Sanders, that more than half of people your age have declared themselves interested in socialism. But Bernie has taken you as far as he wants to go. You can either find your way yourselves or you can join us.
Walter Moss: Political campaigns often produce sloppy rhetoric, but the present confusion over capitalism, socialism, and progressivism also springs from the absence or skewing of historical perspective.
Walter Moss: Both were devoted socialists in their youth who later came to embrace the Democratic Party.
Jeremy Kuzmarov: As the Sanders campaign surges forward, we should remember the many Americans persecuted for promoting the ideals that Sanders is helping to legitimize and which may be slowly losing their stigma, especially among younger generations.