The Magic Word

By Frank Blechman At a convivial (social) lunch the other day, one of my colleagues observed, “We’re all socialists here.” Mentally, I found myself asking, “What does he mean by that?” All of us at that table were old enough… Read More ›

Everyone’s a Socialist in a Pandemic

Republicans Want Medicare for All, but Just for This One Disease Editors’ Note: Excerpted from The New York Times, March 11, 2020. By Farhad Manjoo All it took was a pandemic of potentially unprecedented scale and severity and suddenly it’s like… Read More ›

Mythology in Economics and Politics

The internet and social media have turned up the volume and amount of dialogue in our society, magnifying and promoting a spread of conspiracy theories and falsehoods as a substitute for facts and evidence. Once upon a time, myths and… Read More ›

OTHER VOICES: Socialist Bogeymen

Editors’ Note: This article is reprinted from the February 7, 2019, New York Times. Readers are urged to think also about the terms social democracy and distributive justice as alternate concepts. Trump Versus the Socialist Menace The Commies are coming for… Read More ›

Socialism Is All Around Us

At a rally in Iowa on October 9, 2018, President Trump officially denounced his political opposition as seeking to “impose socialism,” among other unpardonable offenses, against the Republican order. Who is behind this scheme? They are candidates for elected office… Read More ›


The argument against capitalism isn’t that it makes us poor. It’s that it makes us unfree. Like the great transformative presidents, today’s socialist candidates reach beyond the parties to target a malignant social form: for Abraham Lincoln, it was the… Read More ›