Socialism used to be a dirty word. Is America now ready to embrace it?

Voters feelings on socialism have shifted with half of those under 40 saying they would prefer to live in a socialist country In his 1998 film, Bulworth, Warren Beatty played a Democratic senator who goes rogue, embarking on a truth-telling binge in which he spouts radical truths no Democrat serious about election would ever utter. At one stage, Bulworth even mentions socialism. In America thats like saying cocksucker, Beatty once told me with a chuckle over dinner at his home in Los Angeles shortly series embed When I suggested to him he sounded like a socialist he swatted the term away. Im interested in a government that looks out for people who need to be looked out for, Beatty said. …

Chicago’s democratic socialists promise change as they take office

Democratic socialists now make up more than 10% of Chicagos city council, potentially wielding considerable influence On a recent sunny evening, residents of Chicagos 33rd ward packed a small office on the citys north-west side to meet their new alderman: democratic socialist Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez. She had narrowly defeated her opponent, an incumbent from one of Chicagos most prominent political families, to become one of six democratic socialists on the 50-member city council. It was a remarkable showing in Americas third-largest city that paralleled the rise of socialist political figures nationally, such as the Vermont senator Bernie Sanders and New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Now Rodriguez-Sanchez was opening her ward office to the community for the first time. She was looking …