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SDUSA welcomes MSD’s Michael Passarini to its National Committee

Social Democrats, USA (the offspring of the Socialist Party of America, which also birthed Democratic Socialists of America) has appointed MSD secretary Michael Passarini to its national committee. In addition to his secretarial duties, Passarini acts as MSD’s webmaster, graphic … Continue reading

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When We Thought We Had It All (Part II)

In late 1958 Bayard Rustin sat in my studio apartment and, as one socialist comrade to another, described his vision of the movement for social change that was coming. By that time Bayard was a seasoned veteran of the struggle … Continue reading

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When We Thought We Had It All (Part I)

I have been reading Monte L. Pearson’s recent book, The Roots of Defeat: the Clintons, Obama and the Decline of the Democrats, which I hope to review for these pages. Pearson, as the title suggests, writes about the capture of … Continue reading

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The “Red Tide”

If you have tried to put a Socialist Party congressional candidate on the ballot, as I have, the victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the Democratic Party primary in New York’s 14th CD (Bronx, Queens) brings out at least warm nostalgic … Continue reading

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The Legislature goes home. What next for progressives?

When I was a member of the New York City Council in the early 1970s, the Council was responsible for setting fares and other working conditions for the taxicab industry. On one occasion we had before us a measure that … Continue reading

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Why “Social Democrats?”

In the last few years, the phrase “social democrats” has increasingly appeared in discussions about American politics. Political parties outside the United States are frequently described as social democratic, but it hasn’t been a common term here. Actually, it is … Continue reading

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