[Marxism] Letter from the US: Socialist wins Seattle race in political shake up
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Thu Nov 21 01:36:03 MST 2013
Kshama Sawant, an openly declared socialist, was elected to the city
council in a major United States city, Seattle, in November’s ballot.
You need to go back to the first half of the 20th century to find anything
similar in the US.
The Indian-born Sawant ran as an activist. She first drew attention as part
of the Occupy Seattle protests that included taking over a downtown park
and a junior collage campus in 2011.
Occupy has faded as an organised movement, but many of those inspired by it
have organised on other fronts. These include opposition to foreclosures,
support for strikes and demonstrations by fast food workers, and opposition
to coal trains coming through the Seattle area for Asian export.
“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
“The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker
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