A Look At The Socialist Party

By
K.G. Bethlehem 

Socialist Party USA - en.wikipedia.org
Socialist Party USA. en.wikipedia.org

The race for the presidency is now in the season of Spring. One could say “new life” is being renewed in the bid to be the President of the United States of America. This article will focus on the Socialist Party of the United States of America. First, lets look at the basic definition of socialism.

  • Socialism is a range of economic and social systems characterized by social ownership and democratic control of the means of production, as well as the political ideologies, theories, and movements that aim at their establishment.

The term has been thrown around a lot for the past few years and with the resurgence of socialist candidates like Bernie Saunders, it has been getting more attention. Mostly in a negative light, since most connect socialism and communism. Both have similarities and some circles would conclude that communism is socialism going 100mph, but there are stark differences. Most notably, while communism is a political system, socialism is primarily an economic system that can exist in various forms under a wide range of political systems. Communism can not exist among other political systems; not at all. For instance; In communism all people are the same and therefore classes are illogical. The government should own all means of production and land as well as everything else. People should work for the government and the collective output should be redistributed equally. With socialism, all individuals should have access to basic articles of consumption and public goods to allow for self-actualization and further progressive movement in society to enhance the whole in the long run. Major industries are collective efforts and the returns from these industries must benefit society as a whole.

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African People’s Socialist Party-USA – History. Chairman Omali with Huey Newton at the

With that out of the way, lets look into the Socialist Party of the United States of America. Their current platform is:

  • The Socialist Party stands for the abolition of every form of domination and exploitation, whether based on social class, gender, race/ethnicity, age, education, sexual orientation, or other characteristics.
  • We are committed to the transformation of capitalism through the creation of a democratic socialist society based on compassion, empathy, and respect as well as the development of new social structures. Socialism will establish a new social and economic order in which workers and community members will take responsibility for and control of their interpersonal relationships, their neighborhoods, their local government, and the production and distribution of all goods and services.
  • For these reasons we call for social ownership and democratic control of productive resources, for a guarantee to all of the right to participate in societal production, and to a fair share of society’s product, in accordance with individual needs.
  • As we pursue a socialist transformation of society, we join with others in making radical demands on the existing system: demands that challenge the basic assumptions of a capitalist market economy while pointing the way to a new society. Although reforms will not in themselves bring about socialism, the fight for them will advance the cause by demonstrating the inherent limitations and injustice of the capitalist system. As we build the socialist movement, we organize around a platform committed to our common and interdependent struggles and aspirations.

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An example is their economic plan:

  • The Socialist Party stands for a fundamental transformation of the economy, focusing on production for need not profit. So-called fair trade is meaningless as long as the world economy is dominated by a few massive corporations. Only a global transformation from capitalism to democratic socialism will provide the conditions for international peace, justice, and economic cooperation based on the large-scale transfer of resources and technology from the developed to the developing countries.
  • The are in total agreement with federal minimum wage being raise to $15 per hour along with the cancellation of 3rd World countries debts.

Here is an example of their ideas on education:

  • The Socialist Party recognizes the right of students of all ages to a free, quality education in a safe and supportive environment, and of all school employees to good wages, benefits, and working conditions • We call for full and equal funding of public education; for the restoration of a comprehensive K-12 curriculum, including art, music, world languages, and physical education; for an end to all public funding of private schools; and for free tuition and full-time teachers with full benefits (not “adjuncts”) at the post-secondary level. This also includes equal access to higher education for all people and support publicly funded higher education.

Emidio Mimi Soltysik and Angela Nicole Walker

The Socialist Party of USA current President and Vice President candidates are Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik (P) and Angela Nicole Walker (VP). Here is an excerpt from their open letter expressing their commitment in being their party’s candidate for the presidency of 2016:

“The campaign’s focus throughout the upcoming year will not be on the candidates. The campaign’s focus will be on you. You are the mother, the father, the student, the worker. You are the community — the community that fights for the breath of dignity as the boot of oppression digs its heel into your throat – and you are the sacred, essential ingredient necessary for liberation. Capitalism and its defenders tremble when contemplating your power. That fear makes us smile, as we are seeing the dawn of a new era of equality, peace, and justice peeking over the horizon. Its light heals our collective wounds. It is the light of socialism.”

Emidio Mimi Soltysik (P) and Angela Nicole Walker (VP)

For more information please visit their website at: http://socialistparty-usa.net/index.html

The World’s Largest Democracy on Trump

By
Sa’ad Ahmed Shaikh

It finally happened. Donald John Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States of America. The world erupted in shock to this stunning upset and so did the world’s largest democracy.

The Indian Prime Minister congratulated Donald Trump on his victory with a series of tweets.

 

Well-known writer, Chetan Bhagat, shared a couple of tweets, too.

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Taken from Chetan Bhagat’s profile, Twitter, Web, Nov 11 2016, India

While Twitter is already abuzz with celebrities and other bigwigs sharing their take on the Trump victory, S.U.M has traveled beyond U.S. shores, and brings you a glimpse into India’s reaction.

 

This Facebook user chose to be short and concise.

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No more words were needed. || Status update of Priya Pearl, Facebook, Web, Nov 11 2016, India

 

A brighter side was observed by another.

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Looking for the silver lining. || Status update of Shravani Hatkar, Facebook, Web, Nov 11 2016, India

 

This one seemed inconsolable.

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Status update of Anushri Sarda, Facebook, Web, Nov 11 2016, India

Donald Trump’s recent comments about India and its majority population found quite a few takers, too, as is evident from this group’s celebration of his victory.

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Hindu Sena celebrating Trump’s win in New Delhi. || Deccan Chronicle, Web, Nov 11 2016, AFP, <http://www.deccanchronicle.com/&gt;

Facebook also has a page dedicated entirely to the handful of Hindu population which supports him, appropriately titled ‘Hindus for Trump’.

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Quite vocal in their support. || Taken from the Facebook page of ‘Hindus for Trump’, Facebook, Web, Nov 11 2016, India

A post from Hindus For Trump’s Facebook wall keeps it real simple.

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Taken from the ‘Hindus for Trump’ page on Facebook, Facebook, Web, Nov 11 2016, India

Indians scattered across the globe have shared their feelings regarding the astonishing result of the election. Given the cordial relationship that has been maintained between the USA and India, it would be an interesting step forward with this change in leadership.

In the end, S.U.M leaves you with this euphoric video of Indians celebrating the new POTUS in great gusto.

Crucial Decisions

By
Jason Nugent

Leadership is earned. It’s an admirable and honored quality. Leaders need to represent their followers in the best possible way. Sometimes their ideas find favor with those they represent, other times they are out of touch with their beliefs. As 2016 moves forward, this question is confronted head on.

The people of the United States are faced with an enormous decision this year. The direction of the nation and by extension, the world, is in the hands of the voters. Participation in the process is crucial. It allows the voters an opportunity to voice their concerns through their choice of candidate. The choices so far aren’t overwhelming. Most years they aren’t, but voters have to be involved. The nation was founded on the basic principles of representation. Men and woman have died for that right and their deaths cannot be in vain. Citizens must be part of the process.

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American Flag. N.d. pixabay.com. Web. 14 Feb. 2016

All too often the candidates hoisted on the electorate by the two major parties seem rather like a choice of the lesser of two evils. A certain degree of perfection is expected from candidates though failures and mistakes happen frequently. No human is perfect. Yet voters demand they stay away from controversy, or share their beliefs (all their beliefs), or act a certain way. If they don’t, they vilify them and refuse to compromise.

Compromise is spoken as though it’s evil. Somewhere along the way, the nation tossed the notion of working together out with the trash. It’s certainly possible for a Democrat and Republican to come together and work through their differences. Each side is capable of giving up some of their desires in order to achieve harmony. However, it doesn’t seem to be the case with the current government.

Republicans speak of Democrats as whiney socialists and Democrats in turn look at Republicans as inflexible and rigid. Though both parties share some of those attributes, it should not be the ultimate divide unable to cross. The nation’s history is filled with leaders from different political and social persuasions working together for the common good. Voters seem to forget that today. They find it convenient to label someone different than them as the “bad guys.” It helps gain attention. It also causes gridlock and an ineffective government.

As the days count down to a cold November, citizens have to participate. It’s easy to move far from the madness, but that accomplishes nothing. Voters have to engage the topics and with each other. The next president elected won’t be perfect. None of them have been. Being part of the conversation and not swayed by loud commercials or slick campaigns insures the wisest course of action. Stay informed and let new leaders earn their right to lead. It’s a crucial time for the nation and voters must be ready to do their part.