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Socialist in Seattle: Kshama Sawant’s revolution, the indigenous fight against Keystone XL

February 07, 2014 04:30

Kshama Sawant addresses the crowd after being sworn in as a Seattle city council member at City Hall in Seattle, Washington January 6, 2014. (Reuters / David Ryder)

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Abby Martin discusses the Lakota Nation’s fight against the Keystone XL pipeline and their pledge to stop construction of the project through their land. Seattle city council member Kshama Sawant, the first socialist elected to public office in decades, talks about pre-existing notions about ‘socialism’ and how to beat the two-party system in America. Finally, an exclusive interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges concerning areas of extreme poverty that he refers to as crisis zones, as well as the reasons behind the collapse of complex societies.

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Comments (18)


Amren Miller 13.02.2014 04:18

To Bof Thegaffe: Wow, just wow. Such a simplistic vision of socialism. I'm not surprised though. People on the right love to think in cliche's. There are, as it turns out, many different views on what socialism is. The most primitive form of socialism IS a loser, which is living in a communal setting expecting everyone to want to chip in for the benefit of the community. The state socialist model is also a loser. Democratic socialism CAN be good, but must be balanced with prudence. America ALREADY practices democratic socialism. But of course, you wouldn't know nuance if it hit you in the head, would you?


Dennis Connolly 10.02.2014 05:11

One powerful pair of free thinkers and your best show todate!


Bof Thegaffe 10.02.2014 04:22

Socialism fails misereably as an economic model because it negates the natural drive for production, innovation and excellence. Its success as a political tool, however, cannot be denied: nobody can resist the promise of a free lunch!
I never particularly admired Thatcher, but she sure knew what she was talking about when she said "They [socialists] always run out of other people's money."
Kar l Marx's life is, ironically, a metaphor for socialism: he never held a job during his adult life (no production), he lived off other people's money (mainly Engels) and died in poverty (leaving nothing to his children).

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