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Human Dominion Trumps Socialist Idealism

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Well, at least so far. It really is s a beautiful idea. In fact, it’s the only sustainable idea, the conception that the means of production, distribution, and exchange of goods ought to be owned, regulated, and controlled by the community. The world would be a better place if most of its inhabitants embraced a socialist perspective of economic and natural resource sustainability. Because the idea of limitless growth, an entirely capitalist idea, is totally foreign on a planet of finite resources. Unfortunately, primitive beliefs prevail. There is no greater example then when we turn to dominion politics, something as old as the human race…
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Is Bernie Sanders A Socialist?

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America, you’re a fickle thicket. While Donald Trump swaggers around the country slinging neo-fascist hooey at a zealous horde, we have Bernie Sanders preaching the socialist gospel and calling for a revolution. It was just yesterday when the word “socialist” was being used to scorn, now today it’s embraced as a badge of honor. Or so it seems if we are to make sense of the success of Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist. But, maybe that’s the problem. Is Bernie Sanders really a socialist? A socialist is someone who supports the political philosophy of socialism, which is a governmental system that advocates community…
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Weak-Kneed Liberals to Trump Protesters: Drop Dead (or at least keep it down)

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In an interview on All In with Chris Hayes, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said (in response to Trump protesters) that he is “not a great fan of disrupting rallies.” Not only does that not sound like a revolution, it sounds peculiarly like weak-kneed liberals who have called protests of Donald Trump, unproductive. Trish Kahle writes on Jacobin, “A lot of words came to mind as I watched thousands of protesters shut down a Donald Trump rally in Chicago: inspiring, desperately needed, worthy of emulation. ‘Unproductive’ certainly wasn’t one of them.” “It is absolutely appropriate for thousands of people to protest…
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Why Do Candidates ‘Suspend’ Losing Campaigns?

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We’ve heard it many times before, the speech where a candidate declares he or she is “suspending” their campaign. But, why not just say the campaign has come to an end? Because the use of the word “suspend” seems too “focus group,” right? But it turns out, as well as being the softer language politicians love to use when it comes to anything negative, there’s a good reason why politicians suspend their campaigns instead of ending them. A losing campaign is often in debt. It may still have staff to pay as the campaign winds down. It may have outstanding…
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Mitch McConnell’s Supreme Court Ruse (Hint: It’s Not About ‘The People’)

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Can we get real for a minute (or two)? You may not want to see confirmation of any Obama pick for the Supreme Court. Fine. And of course that makes it easy for you to agree with Mitch McConnell. Okay. But, understand this. If our elected officials are doing their job, they allow a vote. Otherwise, it’s really just one person, Mitch McConnell, who is making this decision. Like I said, you, and maybe plenty of Republicans, might agree with McConnell, but if you believe in the process, you allow a vote. But, here’s where we get to the truth….
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