Billy Wharton Resigns from Editorial Board of Socialist Party USA’s Magazine

From, June 23, 2013:

The Socialist magazine announces the resignation of Billy Wharton from its Editorial Board. Billy Wharton’s contributions to the magazine, on behalf of the SPUSA, are incalculable. Outlining the many improvements — both editorial and operational — which Billy instituted, is not possible within this brief announcement. However, the effective reduction of magazine publishing costs to base levels while retaining union printing, the implementation of a formalized publication schedule and process, the development of a cadre of good writers to regularly submit content, and providing comradely leadership during difficult political disputes, speak volumes about his legacy as a past Editor and member of the Editorial Board.

The Board sends off a hearty “Good Luck and Thanks!” to Billy Wharton, whose fine writing will continue to grace the pages of the The Socialist.

—The Socialist magazine is published either bimonthly or quarterly by the Socialist Party USA and is its official organ. A brief description of Wharton, from Wikipedia:

Billy Wharton (May 5, 1969 –) is an Americandemocratic socialistpolitician and co-chair of the Socialist Party USA. He is also the former editor of The Socialist and the current editor of the Socialist WebZine. Wharton is best known for his March 15, 2009 article entitled “Obama’s No Socialist. I Should Know.” In it, he sought to debunk right-wing commentators who claimed that President Barack Obama was a secret socialist. Wharton wrote: “The funny thing is, of course, that socialists know that Barack Obama is not one of us. Not only is he not a socialist, he may in fact not even be a liberal. Socialists understand him more as a hedge-fund Democrat.”

The article led to increased media attention that resulted in multiple appearances on Fox Business News and a series of radio interviews including a segment on the CBC.

Full issues of The Socialist magazine are available below:

Wharton’s highly publicized article, “Obama’s No Socialist: I Should Know”, is below:

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