Polls show public supports leftist demands

Excerpt from In These Times, 8 Nov 2018 Alongside the push by social movements and progressive legislators for a more egalitarian politics, Democratic voters are moving decidedly left on issues ranging from immigration to race to economics. Republican policies like massive tax cuts for the rich, repealing Obamacare and cutting Social Security, meanwhile, are fantastically unpopular. A third of Senate Democrats (the most ever) …

Data from the Federal Reserve show that over the last decade and a half, the proportion of family income from wages has dropped from nearly 70 percent to just under 61 percent

Excerpt from The Recovery Threw the Middle-Class Dream Under a Benz,  By Nelson D. Schwartz, Sept. 12, 2018, NYTimes.com Data from the Federal Reserve show that over the last decade and a half, the proportion of family income from wages has dropped from nearly 70 percent to just under 61 percent. It’s an extraordinary shift, driven largely by the investment profits of the …

What do Socialists think? Working people should run both the economy and society democratically to meet human needs, not to make profits for a few

We believe that working people should run both the economy and society democratically to meet human needs, not to make profits for a few. We are a political and activist organization, not a party; through campus and community-based chapters, Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) members use a variety of tactics, from legislative to direct action, to fight for reforms that …

Imperative to construct an international coalition to oppose that controlled by capital: For the last thirty years the world system has undergone an extreme centralization of power in all its dimensions, local and international, economic and military, social and cultural.

Aug 23, 2018 by Samir Amin Topics: Capitalism , Globalization , Human Rights , Ideology , Labor Places: Global Originally published: IDEAS (July 3, 2018)   | For the last thirty years the world system has undergone an extreme centralization of power in all its dimensions, local and international, economic and military, social and cultural. Some thousand giant corporations and some hundreds of financial …

Philanthropies believe and promote the idea that social change should be pursued principally through the free market and voluntary action, not public life and the law and the reform of the systems that people share in common

Excerpt from an Aug 2018 article by Chris Lehmann, contributing editor of In These Times, is editor-in-chief at Baffler and the author of The Money Cult: Capitalism, Christianity, and the Unmaking of the American Dream (Melville House, 2016). These elites believe and promote the idea that social change should be pursued principally through the free market and voluntary action, not public life and the law and the …

How inequality creates the social and political divisions that isolate us from each other, eroding our mental health

By Kate Pickett, Richard Wilkinson on Common Dreams and OpenDemocracy.net, 14 Aug 2018 We’ve known for a long time that inequality causes a wide range of health and social problems, including everything from reduced life expectancy and higher infant mortality to poor educational attainment, lower social mobility and increased levels of violence.(Photo: Flickr/mSeattle. CC BY 2.0.) When people are asked what matters most for their …

Five Principles of a Socialist Climate Politics

August 23, 2018  •  Matthew Huber Democratic socialism is in the air. Since Bernie Sanders’s miraculous 2016 primary run – garnering 13.2 million votes and 23 state victories – the politics of democratic socialism has grown in popularity. I believe this popularity is based on its capacity to articulate clear and simple principles. As (Catholic Latina Socialist – yay!) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez now famously said …

Marx and Engels’ radical environmentalism

June 4, 2013 International Socialist Review columnist Phil Gasper challenges the myth that Marxism has nothing useful to say about the environment–with help from the old man himself. At the socialistworker.org AT THE demonstration in Washington, D.C., in February to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, which is being built to transport tar sands oil from Western Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, members of …