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What would U.S. socialism look like?

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  • The majority of Americans aren't ready to embrace socialism. But they aren't dismissing it out of hand either. In this climate, alternative ways of organizing society and the public can be expected to give the economy a fairer hearing.
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  • David Harvey’s Message for American Socialists
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  • Citizens must be better educated about U.S. economic options
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Sam Webb, People's World

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Socialism isn't a stranger to the public square these days. And the principal reason isn't because of the rantings of Glenn Beck and his ilk, although their invective actually may have boosted socialism's popularity. People figure if Beck doesn't like it then it can't be all bad.

The main reason explaining this growing interest in socialism lies elsewhere: Capitalism isn't working for most working people. This feeling isn't new, but it is keenly felt today in the midst of a protracted and deep economic crisis that has no end in sight.

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David Harvey’s Message for American Socialists, Billy Wharton, Bronx County Independent Examiner

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  • A review of David Harvey’s latest work, The Enigma of Capital
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  • It is important to note that what Harvey is proposing is part of a two-step process.  His first book of 2010 was a companion guide to Marx’s Capital Volume 1 in which he encouraged a new generation of activists to make a critical reading of this old radical classic.  Now, in Enigma, he offers a new vision of Marxism that every leftist in America would do well to examine.
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  • Citizens must be better educated about U.S. economic options
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Citizens must be better educated about U.S. economic options, Alex Alben, Seattle Times | WA

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  • U.S. political culture and our education system have roles to play in the dire straits of our economy.
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  • Some ideas for building a better, more informed national consensus.
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  • Austerity - a sure path to a bad economy
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GOP Not the Only Party Targeting Unions

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  • Democrats all hide their anti-union attacks behind a "deep respect for collective bargaining;" akin to a thief who will steal your car but, out of respect, will not target your deceased Grandma's diamond earrings.
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  • Desperately needed: A new political party
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Shamus Cooke, Common Dreams

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Obvious political truths are sometimes smothered by special interests. The cover-up of the Democrats’ national anti-union agenda is possible because the truth would cause enormous disturbances for the Democratic Party, some labor leaders, liberal organizations and, consequently, the larger political system.

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Here is the short list of states that have Democratic governors where labor unions are undergoing severe attacks: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Oregon, California, New York, Illinois, Washington, Hawaii, Minnesota, Maryland and New Hampshire. Other states with Democratic governors are attacking unions to a lesser degree.

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Desperately needed: A new political party, James Clay Fuller, Things We're Not Supposed to Say<>

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  • We desperately need a new party, and there is a logical place to begin forming one: With the long list of genuine liberal organizations that were given birth by the Internet.
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  • Why I Did Not Caucus with my party (DFL) on February 2
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Desperately needed: A new political party

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  • We desperately need a new party, and there is a logical place to begin forming one: With the long list of genuine liberal organizations that were given birth by the Internet.
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  • Why I Did Not Caucus with my party (DFL) on February 2
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James Clay Fuller, Things We're Not Supposed to Say

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Count me among the growing number of people who believe support of the Democratic Party, as such, is not merely a waste of time but, worse, a deeply negative activity.

Support for the Democratic Party leads to continued degradation of the United States and great harm to all citizens who are not wealthy.

The same has to be said about support for the Republican Party, but that does not mean rational people must therefore throw in with the Democrats. In plain language, they're about equally bad for America and its people.

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Why I Did Not Caucus with my party (DFL) on February 2, Dave Culver, Evergreene Digest

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  • The next years are going to be about mediocrity, broken promises, and striving for second best. That's not the MN I grew up in. And it's not what I voted for, or was promised.
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  • Do we continue as part of a political institution that we feel in large part is not serving us or the common good, or do we strike out towards something that we can participate in with integrity?
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The Great Corporate Tax Swindle

It's astounding how our politicians have bought in to firms' tax blackmail. But there is an alternative: workplace democracy.

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Richard Wolff, London Guardian | UK

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More and more, we hear that nothing can be done to tax major corporations because of the threat of how they would respond. Likewise, we cannot stop their price-gouging or even the government subsidies and tax loopholes they enjoy.

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For example, as the oil majors reap stunning profits from high oil and gas prices, we are told it is impossible to tax their windfall profits or stop the billions they get in government subsidies and tax loopholes. There appears to be no way for the government to secure lower energy prices or seriously impose and enforce environmental protection laws. Likewise, despite high and fast-rising drug and medicine prices, we are told that it is impossible to raise taxes on pharmaceutical companies or have the government secure lower pharmaceutical prices. And so on.

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America the Immature and Superficial

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  • Count on the mainstream media to frame yet another major event down to its lowest common denominator, in a way that indicates Americans are all cynical, narcissistic, brutish, and not to mention a little desperate to prove we can still “get it up.”
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  • Osama bin Laden: the gift that keeps on giving.
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  • Hate for Hate: Joystick Justice
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Kelley B. Vlahos, Anti-War.com

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

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Andy Singer

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Beginning the moment ostensibly spontaneous “celebrations” broke out in response to the news that Osama bin Laden had been shot dead by Navy SEALs two weeks ago, we—the American media consumer—have been forced to examine just what his death means to us.

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The result hasn’t exactly been pretty. While there’s plenty of thoughtful analysis assessing the raid itself—the details and legality, the Pakistani fallout, the impact on the wars in Afghanistan and even Iraq going forward—count on the mainstream media to frame yet another major event down to its lowest common denominator, in a way that indicates Americans are all cynical, narcissistic, brutish, and not to mention a little desperate to prove we can still “get it up.”

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It’s worth noting two of the broadest themes over the last week that are leaving us cringing and cold.

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Hate for Hate: Joystick Justice, Gene Marx, Veterans for Peace

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  • Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. --Dr. Martin Luther King
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  • Justice Has Been Done?
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FDR Said It All in 1936

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Who Will Follow in His Steps Today?

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David O. Russell, Director, The Fighter, Huffington Post

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FDR said it all in 1936 and I wish someone would be this fearlessly blunt today on behalf of everyone in America facing a truly scandalous financial situation, which is only being allowed to repeat itself, shockingly, stupidly, unimaginably. People like my father are shocked that we ever let it happen again after FDR's era.

And here is the text of it:

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Senator Wagner, Governor Lehman, ladies and gentlemen:
On the eve of a national election, it is well for us to stop for a moment and analyze calmly and without prejudice the effect on our Nation of a victory by either of the major political parties.

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The problem of the electorate is far deeper, far more vital than the continuance in the Presidency of any individual. For the greater issue goes beyond units of humanity--it goes to humanity itself.

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7 Deceptions About Bin Laden's Killing Pushed by the Obama Administration

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  • As the week wore on, many of the details of the historic raid were "revised."
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  • Media Scrambles as Bin Laden Story Crumbles
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Joshua Holland, AlterNet

The Obama administration deftly shaped the media coverage of its prized kill by detailing a picture-perfect, morally unambiguous special forces operation, which culminated in the death of Osama bin Laden. Most of the details of that narrative have now unravelled, but the conventional wisdom that the tale established remains. As Glenn Greenwald put it, that's par for the course: “the narrative is set forever by first-day government falsehoods uncritically amplified by establishment media outlets, which endure no matter how definitively they are disproven in subsequent days.”

In his address to the American people, and in subsequent media briefings by senior officials, we were told that a small force of as many as 25 Navy Seals stormed the compound with orders to take bin Laden alive, if possible. White House spokesman Jay Carney said that once inside the compound, they came under heavy fire and “were engaged in a firefight throughout the operation.” The SEALs killed Osama bin Laden's son when he lunged for them on a staircase, and finally encountered their quarry in a bedroom, where, after taking a woman believed to be his wife as a human shield, bin Laden died in a vicious fire-fight. The operation, Obama said, was carried out “with extraordinary courage and capability.”

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Media Scrambles as Bin Laden Story Crumbles, Alex Newman, New American
The official White House narrative has been changed so many times in recent days that now it’s almost unrecognizable.

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