Tuesday, April 12

Bernie Sanders and the History of American Socialism


Socialist Party leader Eugene Debs addressing a 1912 meeting in New York.
"Evidence suggests that, in the early 1960s, American college students favored pouring beer on their heads and dancing to 'Louie Louie' over joining the Young People’s Socialist League (YPSL). But if anybody was likely to join the Socialist Party’s youth auxiliary, it was a brainy child of immigrant Jews, a son of Brooklyn — where Jewish voters had, for decades, cast ballots for socialists and liberals who resembled socialists. For Bernie Sanders, socialism was something of a birthright. ... It seems fitting that the country’s first serious socialist presidential candidate since the 1930s should have political roots in the Lower East Side — the cradle of New York socialism. ..."
Jacobin

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