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 …

Joe Biden: Anita Hill not satisfied with former vice-president’s apology

Biden, who handled her testimony before the Senate in 1991, contacted Hill to express regret for what she endured Joe Biden,his present bid for the White House. But in an interview with the New York Times, published hours after Biden launched his 2020 campaign, Hill said she was not satisfied with his outreach and declined to characterize his comments as an apology. allegations from several women who have accused him of unwanted, inappropriate behavior. In response, Biden vowed to change his behavior. Social norms are changing. I understand that, and Ive heard what these women are saying, Biden said in a video. Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful of personal space …

My dispiriting, infuriating and illuminating time as a political telemarketer

The long read: What I learned about politics while phone-banking for the Democrats I got into political fundraising in the autumn of 2007 because I had become sick of yelling at the TV, and I didnt want to be one of those people who failed to put their money where their mouth was, ideologically speaking. I started with plenty of door-to-door canvassing; the transition to working the phones meant I was at least glad to be indoors during my workday. And for a brief, shining moment back when Barack Obama was still just a candidate, mass telemarketing was not only a way of raising money it also doubled as the most compelling means of showing an enlightened reformist spirit in …

Shortest Way Home review: Pete Buttigieg as president in waiting

The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana has written the best political autobiography since Barack Obama Imagine waking up on 4 November 2020 to discover America has elected has never slept with a porn star, and who married the very first person he fell in love with. And imagine this is someone whose spouse just happens to be a man which, as Stephen Colbert pointed out Barack Obamas Dreams from My Father. Buttigieg is the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Brimming with midwestern authenticity, he captured a large portion of CNNs audience earlier this month in his first threshold of 65,000 individual donors which governs qualification for the forthcoming debates. The son of a Notre Dame professor whose family …