The American people have been denied the right to discuss socialism in the public arena. Thanks to Bernie, that's changing.
Since Marx and Engels pinned the adjective "scientific" to socialism, we have toggled between the burden of Utopia and the urgency of fighting for justice.
I would like to take this opportunity to put in a word for what I think was Muhammad Ali's greatest fight of all - his relentless fight for peace.
Having gains rolled back is a bitter experience. Personally, I'm tired of fighting for the same things again and again.
There cannot be many socialist movements in the world today that are avowedly, militantly atheist. Those days are over.
Any kind of socialism that isn't working to combat racism and sexism isn't being practical at all, not to mention realistic.
If the "playing field" is to be level for African-Americans, those who profited from slavery and racism must make amends. Yes, I mean reparations.
I'll start by saying I don't believe in utopia, and I don't trust utopians.
This column is the author's response to Paul Krugman's column in the April 15, 2016 edition of the New York Times.
The essence of socialism is the replacement of the capitalist class and private corporate power by the working class and allied forces.