Fall 2016

Issue 23

Out Now

The Party We Need

The United States are today certainly the most important and interesting of all civilized countries. Not England, but America, shows us our future today, so far as any country can show another’s future, considering that every country has its own peculiar development. Capitalism makes its greatest progress in America. There it reigns with the most unlimited brutality and carries the class antagonisms to a climax ...

The future which America shows us would be very cheerless if it did not reveal at the same time a growth of the Socialist movement. Nowhere are all the means of political power so shamelessly purchasable as in America: administration, popular representation, courts, police and press; nowhere are they so directly dependent on the great capitalists. And nowhere is it more apparent than there that a proletariat with a Socialist conscience is the only means of saving the nation.

—Karl Kautsky, “Socialist Agitation Among Farmers in America” (1902)

Cover Art

Marco Miccichè

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Front Matters

A healthy start to a nutritious magazine.


The Soapbox

Letters & the Internet Speaks(print only)

“I maintain the view that we should enter the NRA, form a Marxist sect, and launch a coup.”

— Spencer Thompson, Undisclosed

Party Lines

Election Day Blues

What would we have to do to make sure our Election Day choices in 2036 aren’t as miserable as they are in 2016?

Means of Deduc­tion

We got more graphs than Ross Perot.


Misery Index

Exalted and Dastardly Deeds (print only)

Things are happening. Big things.

The Vulgar Empiricist

Bernie Bros (print only)

They weren’t so white, male, or privileged after all.

Uneven & Combined

Party in the U.S.A. (print only)

Though almost forgotten today, the Socialist Party had a mass presence across the country.


Let a Thousand Flowers Wither (print only)

The long marginalization of the US socialist left hasn’t lead to the consolidation of its organizations.

The Party We Lost


Out-of-context Gramsci quotes go here.


Ways of Seeing

It Takes a Factory

Robert Carpenter Shook

With lofty promises, the Clinton Foundation helped found an industrial park in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. Photographer Robert Shook traveled there to document how things went terribly wrong.

The Party We Want

Read­ing Mate­riel

We read things you shouldn’t read, so we could tell you what to read.



Beltway to English Dictionary

Alex Press

Because sometimes words mean other words.

Puts an end to the epidemic of poor people buying convertibles and caviar with welfare checks and food stamps.

The Tumbrel

Righteous haterade against the great enemies of proletarian progress.



Mike Beggs

A jobs guarantee would do more than anything else to restore labor’s power.


Mashael Majid & Karen Narefsky

Everyone deserves an affordable home.


Megan Erickson

A truly progressive education must be won, politically, by the working class.


Douglas Williams

Communities of color have the right to be free from the American police state.


J.W. Mason

Socializing finance is about more than taking on Wall Street — it’s about a new economic vision.


Maria Svart

Policies that combat sexism are policies that empower poor and working-class women.

Civil Liberties

Joseph M. Schwartz

Real democracy rests on strong political, civil, and social rights.


Rania Khalek

Building a more peaceful world means taking on American militarism.


Kate Aronoff

The future of our planet depends on us wresting power from fossil-fuel capitalists.

Health Care

Adam Gaffney

Universal health care is essential to an egalitarian society.


Our work here is not yet done.


Popular Front

Results and Prospects: Q3 2016 (print only)

A quarter of less defeats than usual.

“Voting for socialism
is not socialism any more
than a menu is a meal.”

—Eugene V. Debs