Posts in: elections

The most effective vote is a protest vote —

October 2012

Barack Obama spent $730 million to claim the White House in 2008, and it’s projected that this year’s winner will spend more than a billion. As it turns out, however, it only takes about $40,000 to run an energetic, inspiring, effective presidential write-in campaign to protest this rigged electoral system and give people the chance… Read more »

Two conventions, two scripts, one charade for voters

October 2012

The Republican and Democrat conventions were glitzy ad campaigns to lure voters in November. To that end, the rhetoric of both claimed huge divides between them. But in the real world, most of their differences are cosmetic or matters of degree, not essence. Take the Republicans — please! The GOP convention’s oft-chanted slogan was, “We… Read more »

Electoral roulette: The 1 percent can’t lose

October 2012

While Mitt Romney and Barack Obama joust for the White House, the U.S. economy limps along, teetering between “recovery” and another downturn. With competition for global markets and resources at a white heat, CEOs are watching the 2012 election impatiently. As Fortune magazine’s Sept. 3 cover blared, “Hey, Washington: Enough already!” The authors say neither… Read more »

The $6 billion election that settled nothing

December 2012

On election night on Nov. 6, as returns showed Barack Obama winning, victory honks sounded in cities around the U.S. Compared to 2008, however, the mood still seemed somber, and the hope mostly absent. The president’s new theme, “forward,” raised more questions than answers: where’s the country going, and who’s leading? Pundits were clear that… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the editor December 2012

December 2012

ELECTION 2012 Great candidates It was so good to vote for two people I know for president and vice president, Stephen and Christina. To vote for socialists. To vote for community activists. To vote for a gay man and a long time union activist and community organizer. To vote for a woman of color. To… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Party candidates buoyed by strong response to socialist message

December 2012

Stephen Durham “They ran on fear; we ran on belief in the potential of the working class” On July 14, 2012, former hotel workers’ union activist Durham visits a picket to support locked-out employees of New York City utility Con Edison. Photo credit: Dave Schmauch / FS It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see… Read more »

La gran división: La contienda presidencial de EEUU es un reflejo de la creciente polarización de la sociedad

diciembre de 2015

¿Quién va ganando? Al escribir estas líneas, del lado del Partido Demócrata, la máxima operadora política, Hillary Clinton, se enfrenta al teóricamente “independiente” Bernie Sanders, el socialista del sistema. Del lado republicano, la competencia principal existe entre dos hombres que nunca han ocupado cargos políticos: el grosero, crudo misógino y racista Donald Trump, multimillonario gracias… Read more »