On October 29th, the Bay Area branch of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) held its Northern California Regional Conference. Reportedly, the final speaker, CWA union official and former PSL presidential candidate Gloria La Riva asked the question: “Is socialism possible in the United States?” According to the PSL newspaper Liberation, attendees believed that it is a “realistic aim and very worth striving for.”
Given the wholesale endorsements, assistance, and financing of the #OWS movement by union bosses, in addition to the presence of socialist and communist elements from Day One of #OccupyWallSt, it is clear that the axis of Socialists, Communists, and unions are now out in the open, pushing an agenda that is aimed at moving America much farther toward a Marxist system of governance than ever before.
Take last week’s endorsement of Barack Obama by the SEIU, for example. While the union’s endorsement stopped short of openly stating “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs,” the message of wealth redistribution was crystal clear.
Earlier this month, two young activists from the Party of Socialism and Liberation, Sarah Carlson (speaking) and Michelle Schudel, were spoke to Occupy San Francisco about the “sick system that we live in.”
[Video courtesy of Chris Mundy.]
…So, what is the solution that hard-core leftists like Ms. Carlson, Ms. Schudel and Ms. Henry propose? Socialism, or some variant of it and, more importantly, they believe it is attainable.
“Socialism has no place in the hearts of those who would secure the fight for freedom and preserve democracy.” Samuel Gompers, 1918