It’s true, Pete Buttigieg’s was a Gramsci scholar. Joseph Buttigieg translated the first eight of twenty nine “prison notebooks.” Before spending the last 11 years of his life in prison, Gramsci was a journalist, public intellectual, active member in the Communist Party, and a member of parliament. He was arrested as part of a sweep picking up Communists after an attempt on Mussolini’s life. While in prison eventually Gramsci was given permission to write in his notebooks. His notebooks are unrefined notes, but they contain his best thinking.

Buttigieg’s introduction to the English translation of notebooks 1–8 includes some…


As a kid my dad was an electrician and mom a hairdresser. Neither of them went to college, nor did their parents. My entire childhood they warned me that I had to go to college. They created a college savings account for me (though they only ended up saving a couple thousand dollars). I was not very academic, so when I graduated high school I looked for alternatives that did not require me to take any more English literature or science classes. I attended Ecola Bible School, a seven month unaccredited Christian program in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Spending a winter…


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The conspiracy theory underworld of the internet has been repeating false narratives that “a secret cabal of Satan-worshipping, cannibalistic pedophiles is running a global child sex-trafficking ring and plotting against former U.S. president Donald Trump, who has been fighting the cabal.” Many people who believe these narratives have been following the posts of the anonymous person known as “”, a reference to that person’s supposed Department of Energy level Q security clearance. With all of the problems in the world, before January 6, 2021 I thought there were more important things to worry about than QAnon. My entire life I…


I have a friend, a small business owner, that believes socialism is unnecessary, and that capitalism can be socially responsible. My friend argues there are a lot of good people out there that happen to be business owners, (a.k.a. “capitalists”). These socially-responsible capitalists have great ideas to solve humanity’s problems, including climate change, poverty and world hunger. They put their morality front and center, making sure their employees are well-compensated. We even share a friend in common that, since we have known him, has become a millionaire and become world-famous for the respect he has shown his employees. …


Surveys from the Pew Research Center and Gallup show a majority of the people that live in many of the former Soviet Union feel its breakup caused more harm to its people than benefit, especially among the older population. If the Soviet Union was as miserable as we have been told, how is it possible than anyone could wish for the Soviet Union over capitalism?

In the Pew Research Center surveyed residents of the former Soviet Union and found that support for capitalism was waining. They titled the report “End of Communism Cheered but Now with More Reservation.” They…


Anti-Communism Propaganda tied in with anti-semitism
Anti-Communism Propaganda tied in with anti-semitism

I grew up hearing about the “,” the “,” and even the “.” It felt like powerful dark forces were conspiring to destroy America and everything that was good and righteous in the world. As I got older I developed the ability to take the word “agenda” less seriously, jesting about the “conservative agenda.”

Recently someone introduced me to a documentary that was hard for me to watch because it was so close to home. The film was highly concentrated, but the sentiments expressed in the film mirrored what I heard growing up. It was hard enough…


Socialists believe government has a role in the distribution of some goods and services, such as medically necessary health care, child care and education. We all know Medicare, free child care, and free college are not free. Someone has to pay for them. Many people dismissed Bernie Sander’s policies as nice ideas, “but who is going to pay for it?” Some of them remind us, “nothing is free.”

This question presumes a naïveté in those who support Bernie Sanders, as if it never occurred to them that someone would have to pay. …


Democratic socialists believe the rich and powerful have rigged the system. On the whole they have rigged the system not through conspiracies, but through using their vast resources to donate to political campaigns, lobbying politicians, busting unions, and influencing political narratives in the media. One narrative in particular that has been central to capitalism: capitalism is the only economic system to create the middle class. Despite how many times as it has been repeated, this narrative is in conflict with the evidence. Unions created the middle class, not capitalism.

When the Middle Class was Small

Let’s talk about what capitalism has done. Capitalism has done extraordinary…


What is democratic socialism? Something like what they have in Norway and Denmark? Are England, France and Germany democratic socialist countries? Was Franklin Roosevelt New Deal socialist? Is democratic socialism just another name for Soviet-style Communism?

The reality is that there is no one “correct” definition of “democratic socialism.” The term has a history, and it has evolve throughout that history. …


Introduction

“What is democratic socialism?” Bernie supporters want to know because he sounds different that the Democratic Party. Baby boomers want to know because they grew up hearing terrible things about the USSR, China, and Cuba.

“Democratic socialism isn’t Communism” according to many defenders. “Communism was authoritarian. Democratic socialism is like Scandinavian socialism. Democratic socialism is not Marxist.” For others all forms of socialism are a gateway to authoritarianism.

Membership of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), founding in 1982, has grown from about 5,000 in 2015 to about 70,000 in 2020. DSA is not a political party, but its members include…

The Working Class Intelligentsia

Elton L.K. is a writer and a worker. He says “Billionaires? No, thank you.”

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