Sawant made national - and international - news after becoming the first socialist elected to the Seattle city council.
It has been 96 years since the Russian Revolution and 22 years since the Soviet Union, collapsed and broke into pieces, and the world lost much in that collapse.
For socialist and progressive working-class forces, breaking out of marginalization is the key political challenge of our time.
Unemployment, joblessness, and the devastation they bring to every worker everywhere is endemic to capitalism.
Today, there are hundreds of millions of people around the world who are and remain permanently in the "reserve army of the unemployed."
Ideas and ideologies are rarely if ever free from class interests. If there ever were a controversy that validated the truth of that, the continuing "debate" over austerity fills the bill.
At the Liars' Table you need thick skin and working-class sensibilities that the collective good and the common weal will overcome.
Auditors generally do a decent job identifying how much wealthy taxpayers are trying to shortchange Uncle Sam. But they're only examining a fraction of the returns the wealthy file.
Perhaps the best thing of all was the overriding sense of camaraderie. People trusted one another, and what we had we shared.
The USSR was one of the most literate societies, and it was this focus on education that allowed the Soviets to delve into the works of Tolstoy and Pushkin.