Opinion

Socialist U.S.? Science says it can happen

A tiny minority can, by sticking to its principles, get the vast majority to come around to its way of thinking.

Debt-ceiling showdown: a test of sanity

The so-called "debt ceiling" crisis is upon us and it's becoming a test of sanity how long it will take all reasonable people to conclude that the Republican Party has painted its teeth orange, and jumped off a cliff.

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Kenneth Appelhans, fighter for working people, dies

Kenneth William Appelhans, a staunch fighter for the rights of all workers, died June 29 at the age of 75.

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Greater unity needed to defend Social Security

The American Association of Retired Persons created an uproar June 17 when they signaled their openness to accepting Social Security benefit cuts.

Budget cuts are really people cuts

When governments balance budgets by cutting services, they are saving money, but also causing the deaths of thousands they judge socially useless.

Hospital ERs at market’s mercy

I've long been a firm believer in public health care for all. Why not? We've had hugely successful Social Security and Medicare for decades.

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Elizabeth Warren versus corporate shills

Republicans are practically foaming at the mouth in their crusade to block the nomination of Elizabeth Warren to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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Which way to socialism?

Hopefully, if asked about the road to socialism, people of socialist inclinations can give a better answer than two Mainers did to a lost traveler.

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Should Cuba send SEAL team to Florida?

Was the killing of Osama bin Laden justified? The questions remain: What is terrorism? Who are terrorists? And how does one best oppose them?

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What would U.S. socialism look like?

I am often asked thought-provoking questions about U.S. socialism and what it would look like. My reply is something like this.

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