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Bogdan the Speaker  

The first time I heard Bogdan Denitch speak, he intimidated the hell out of me. That wasn’t, I hasten to explain, his intent. Far from it. The occasion was a national board meeting of the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee in …



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Socialism in America  

If Bernie Sanders’s presidential run is to herald a new socialist movement, American leftists will have to overcome the combination of sectarianism, repression, and cooptation that doomed their predecessors.



Liberalism and Its Friends  

The Future of Liberalism by Alan Wolfe Alfred A. Knopf, 2009, 337 pp., $30 Visions of Progress: The Left-Liberal Tradition in America by Doug Rossinow, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007 323 pp., $39.95 THIS SHOULD BE the liberal hour. American …





For Labor, Armageddon  

In the spring of 1995, when Lane Kirkland’s old order was toppling and John Sweeney’s young(er) Turks were poised to revitalize the American labor movement, one of the movement’s leading operatives gave me his take on what was behind the …









A Democratic Year?  

The Republicans, I rejoice to report, are an unhappy family these days. They even bear some resemblances to the Democrats during the Vietnam era. Their base, to be sure, is not shattering: it remains foursquare behind George W. Bush. But …



Solidarity, Whatever  

WHAT WAS THIS? I’d been invited to some Washington think tank for a May Day symposium on socialism, which also seemed to be a reunion of the old Shachtman-Meany-Kirkland Social Democrats USA. What strange error had led the planners to …





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