After decades of being dismissed as a radical movement, socialism in America is back in the spotlight. What's fueling the newfound attention? Some point to Bernie Sanders's presidential campaign, while others say it's an increasing public distaste for the economic inequality our capitalist system has lead to.
Regardless of the reason, one thing's for sure: with the re-emergence of a political philosophy not taken seriously since the last century comes a need to look at both it's merits and drawbacks.
This hour, we talk with political scientists, economists and a self-declared socialist about the past, present and future of socialism in America.
- Richard D. Wolff - Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and author of Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It
- Elliot Ratzman - Professor of Religion at Temple University, Philadelphia, and co-author of Secular Faith
- Maria Svart - National Director of the Democratic Socialists of America
- Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik - Socialist Party USA presidential candidate
Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.