The New Left: Democratic Socialists, Communists, and Neo-Communists

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The New-Left in America, has really been around since the late 1960s at least as a political movement that has any following at all, thanks to the Baby Boomers coming of age in the 1960s. And you can even go back to before the 1920s when the Socialist Party in America was actually a major party in American politics. Or you could go up to the 1940s and 50s when people like Henry Wallace and Norman Thomas were both running for President. Thomas, was a self-described Democratic Socialist. And Wallace, never ran from that label.

So as far as what the New-Left in American politics actually believes, what they stand for, and how they are, they’re not new at all, but they get that term, because before 1965 or so the Left in America were FDR Progressives and JFK Liberals. People who were to the left of Conservatives, but not people who were looking to either transform the American economy, government, or culture, and if anything wanted to conserve all those things ( like Conservatives ) but wanted more opportunity, and more freedom for more Americans. By the late 1960s, Socialists were no longer trapped in closet ideologically or trapped in the closet politically and became more known and outspoken with their political views, at least with young Americans.

Bernie Sanders

If there is one major, national political leader for Socialists in America, at least Democratic Socialists, that person would have to be Senator Bernie Sanders. Who before 2019 was the only self-described Socialist in Congress. Self-described being the key term, because we’ve always had Socialists in Congress, both in the House and Senate, but before Bernie Sanders was elected to the House in 1990 and then to the Senate in 2006, we never had a self-described Socialist in either chamber of Congress.

Christopher Hitchens

By the time that Chris Hitchens died in 2011, he was a Neoconservative, at least on foreign policy and national security. Who became and outspoken speaker on the Far-Left in America and their attacks on free speech and other American liberal values. But pre-President George W. Bush, he was both a self-described Democratic Socialist both in Britain and in America, and a Democratic Socialist in both countries ideologically.

George McGovern

Before there was Bernie Sanders, there was Senator George McGovern leading the socialist bloc in Congress. Who is probably the closest America has ever had to electing a Socialist as President of the United States. When he came in a distant second gaining less than 40% of the popular vote for President in 1972. Never a self-described Socialist ( Democratic or otherwise ) but someone who always held those views on economic and foreign policy.

Henry Wallace

Before there was Bernie Sanders and even George McGovern running for President, there were people like Henry Wallace, Norman Thomas, Eugene Debs, and others representing the Socialist-Left as presidential candidates.

Huey Long

Huey Long, was Governor and then later U.S. Senator from Louisiana. Anyone who questions Huey’s leftist leanings: he was to the left of President Franklin Roosevelt in the 1930s. A Democratic Socialist on economic policy, perhaps even before that term was even invented. Who had a share the wealth campaign in the 1930s.

Jonestown

The terms Christian-Right and Religious-Right and now thanks to Donald Trump and his movement the term Christian-Nationalist and Christian-Nationalism get thrown out a lot in American politics, as they should because of how big this movement is today in America. But what a lot of people don’t understand is that we have not just today, but perhaps going all the way back to the 1950s and even 1940s with organizations like the NAACP and Dr. Martin L. King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference, we have a Religious-Left and even a Christian-Left. We even have Christian-Socialists like Reverend King. And Reverend Jim Jones, his People’s Temple, and later Jonestown even though he and they were part of the fringe wing of the Religious-Left in America and in many cases were Communists, but they were part of the Christian-Left in America.

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders, is a fairly well-known ( at least on the Left ) British online talk show host who works in America. As self-described Socialist, herself.

New Left

What this page is about which is Democratic Socialists, Communists and people who I at least call Neo-Communists. People who perhaps aren’t full-out Communists, but who has communist tendencies when it comes to free speech and even personal freedom. As well as democratic socialism and communism.

Noam Chomsky

This is about MIT Professor Noam Chomsky, who is a self-described Libertarian-Socialist. He is very liberal on issues like free speech and other personal freedom issues. But very socialist on economic and foreign policy.

Norman Thomas

Norman Thomas, who was six time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. I talked about the Christian-Left in America earlier: Norman Thomas was a Christian Minister as well and a Christian-Socialist.

Thom Hartmann

Thom Hartmann, is a left-wing talk show host, who has both a syndicated radio talk show, as well as a talk show on President Vladimir Putin’s-Russian Federation-Russia Today. He is also a self-described Democratic Socialist, who isn’t afraid of that term.

TYT

The Young Turks, is an online talk show that talks about current events, politics, current affairs, as well as entertainment. They’re sort of like the democratic socialist version of Reason and the Reason Foundation. You can find them all over social media, especially on YouTube.