Posts in: socialism

Freedom Socialist editorial — $15 an hour now (not eventually)

April 2014

Seattle has become a beacon of hope for low-wage workers as a movement to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour picks up steam. So it was quite a blow when Socialist Alternative (SA) and Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant announced that the organized campaign called 15 Now, which SA leads, is adopting… Read more »

Freedom Socialist book review — Imagine Living In a Socialist USA, by Paul Street

April 2014

It is progress that a book entitled Imagine Living In a Socialist USA has been published by Harper, a major mainstream publisher. The brief first section, “What’s Wrong With Capitalism?” by Paul Street outlines the ruthlessness of the capitalist system, its incompatibility with democracy, and why our survival depends on pushing it off the stage… Read more »

Freedom Socialist editorial — Privatized sports breed bigotry

June 2014

Some people find it hard to believe that racism is alive and well in the USA. But thanks to Los Angeles Clippers basketball team owner Donald Sterling, little doubt remains. Actually, any industry owned and operated by billionaires is toxic. Sterling is probably the most revolting owner — he who has made his millions as… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Party 2014 Convention — A world to win, a planet to save

August 2014

From May 24 to 27, U.S. Freedom Socialist Party (FSP) members, friends, and international allies came together in Los Angeles to discuss the economic and environmental disasters threatening humanity — and what to do about them. Just days before, a ruptured pipe had spread 10,000 gallons of oil knee-deep over the streets of an LA… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Party convention 2014 — convention diary

August 2014

I arrived in Los Angeles on May 24, several days before the start of the Freedom Socialist Party convention, to help with outreach and other preparation for our party’s most important event. I felt the electricity almost immediately, because our politics are about the biggest questions facing humanity. How to defend working people and our… Read more »

Freedom Socialist editorial — Ebola: fruit of poverty and racism

October 2014

On Sept. 16, President Obama finally announced increased, but still woefully inadequate, aid to West Africa to fight the devastating Ebola epidemic. It came only after the president of Liberia desperately appealed for U.S. help. A few days before, the Defense Department announced with great fanfare that it would build a 25-bed field hospital —… Read more »