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A specter is haunting the United States—the specter of Medicare for All. All the powers of old America have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this specter: Wall Street and Big Pharma, Trump and McConnell, Fox News and the American Enterprise Institute. Now, “coincident with the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth—and, more important, on […]

Last month, Alexander Beunder, the editor of Socialist Economist, asked a handful of “expert economists from around the world”—including Johanna Bockman, Prabhat Patnaik, Andrew Kliman, and myself—two key questions concerning the problems and prospects for socialism, economics, and the Left in the world today. Beunder requested that we keep our answers to two hundred words. […]

The liberal establishment continues to mourn the death of truth. Everyone else is moving on. Every day, it seems, one or another liberal—pundit, columnist, or scholar—issues a warning that, in the age of Donald Trump, we now live in a post-truth world. In their view, we face a fundamental choice: either return to a singular, […]

Millennials may be the largest, best educated, and most diverse generation in U.S. history. But they’re also generation screwed. As a result, they’re more likely than their elders to think of themselves as working-class and less likely to identify as middle-class. The large downshift in class identity among young adults is explained by the fact that […]

Just nine years ago, in the midst of the Second Great Depression, Newsweek declared that “we are all socialists now.” Now, it’s true, editor-in-chief Jon Meacham demonstrated little understanding of the term socialism, identifying it simply with more government spending and regulation in a capitalist economy—something akin to “a modern European state.” This is not […]

Every public opinion survey I’ve seen in recent years shows a growing interest in socialism, especially among young people.* Socialism is an obvious solution to the most pressing economic and social problems threatening the world today, from growing inequality to climate change. But, as I’ve written before, socialism has many different meanings—both what it is […]

Today, thousands of scientists, science educators, and others are protesting in hundreds of cities around the world against what they see as a global political assault on science. According to Lucky Tran, who serves on the steering committee of the March for Science, We need another scientific revolution. The first scientific revolution transformed our understanding the natural […]

British Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn considers socialism—which he defines as “You care for each other, you care for everybody, and everybody cares for everybody else”—to be obvious. As it turns out, socialism is increasingly obvious for folks on this side of the pond, too. Like Bernie Sanders. And Mark Workin and Melissa Young, who made […]

There are, of course, many different definitions of “socialism”—what it is and what it is not. That’s not new. Socialism has been intensely debated and variously defined since the term was first invented in the early nineteenth century in Western Europe, especially after it became “respectable” by the middle of that century. But it is interesting that […]

  Yesterday, Bernie Sanders made the case that democratic socialism is a thoroughly American tradition, best exemplified by Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, Jr. Peter Dreier recently made a similar argument: Because the word “socialism” has been demonized, few Americans call themselves socialists or even social democrats. But public opinion polls — including the […]