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Westward Expansion: Manifest Destiny or Early Socialism

Sat, 12/21/2013 - 09:30 -- americansocialists
Manifest Destiny

In order to undermine the influence of socialism in American society, capitalists reinterpreted socialist expression in terms of capitalist virtue. The reinterpretation became known as Manifest Destiny.

How Socialists Built America

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 08:45 -- americansocialists
Socialism Built A Strong America

America has always suffered fools who would have us dwindle the debate down to a range of opinions narrow enough to contain the edicts of a potentate, a priest or a plantation boss. But the real history of America tells us that the unique thing about our present situation is that we have suffered the fools so thoroughly that a good many Americans—not just Tea Partisans or Limbaugh Dittoheads but citizens of the great middle—actually take Sarah Palin seriously when she rants that socialism, in the form of building codes, is antithetical to Americanism.

We live in complex times, when profound economic, social and environmental challenges demand a range of responses. Socialists certainly don’t have all the answers, even if polling suggests that more Americans find appeal in the word “socialist” today than they have in decades. But without socialist ideas and advocacy, we will not have sufficient counterbalance to an anti-government impulse that has less to do with libertarianism than with manipulation of the debate by all-powerful corporations.

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