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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-05 02:07 AM
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25. I would say red has a long history in America
and not just from Parsons and Spies (two people hanged for their anarchist views in 1889). Eugene V Debs got 600,000 or so votes in 1912 and almost a million votes in 1920 although he was in jail at the time for opposing WW1. Before that, there was Edward Bellamy and his very popular book "Looking Backward". After Debs there was Norman Thomas and Michael Harrington, author of the somewhat influential "The Other America".
There are very few Stalinists in America, and certainly few fans of dictatorships. As EF Schumacher describes it in "Small is Beautiful" socialism is about "a more democratic and dignified system of industrial administration, a more humane employment of machinery, and a more intelligent utilisation of the fruits of human ingenuity and effort." That is on the production side, on the distribution side the idea is to eliminate destitution and reduce the fear of it.
So, yes, hard core lefties would be radically progressive, and well left of liberal.
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