Category Archives: Socialist/left parties

Benjamin Spock: Socialist Pediatrician

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On this day 103 years ago, Benjamin Spock was born to a Dutch upper class family. Like his father (whom he was named after), he would pursue education at Yale, originally studying literature and history. Spock would end up joining the colleges rowing team, later representing the US in the 1924 Olympics, winning them a gold medal.… Read more ...

Leo Isacson: Bronx Laborite

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On this day 112 Years ago, Leo Isacson was born to a Jewish family in the Manhattan area. After graduating from public schools, Isacson would pursue higher education: graduating from New York University in 1931 and New York University School of Law in 1933. Isacson would be admitted to the bar later that year, focusing his attention to labor and tenant rights cases, which is where he would begin to become more politically involved, becoming a founding member of the American Labor Party.… Read more ...

Victor Berger: Sewer Socialist

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On this day 162 years ago, Victor Luitpold Berger was born to a Jewish family within the Austrian Empire. When he was 18, he would immigrate to America with his parents to avoid military conscription, spending some time in Bridgeport, Connecticut. In 1881, he would then settle down in Milwaukee, which was a prime place for Socialism to take a foothold, due to their large German American Population.… Read more ...

Time Capsule: The People’s Party Chooses Dr. Benjamin Spock for President

Dr. Benjamin Spock, the famous pediatrician and antiwar activist, was nominated for the presidency by the People’s Party on July 29, 1972.

Organized around opposition to the Vietnam War and originally co-chaired by novelist Gore Vidal and Spock himself, the People’s Party was a loose coalition of state and local parties, including California’s Peace & Freedom Party and Zolton Ferency’s Human Rights Party in Michigan, a party that enjoyed considerable electoral success in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.… Read more ...

Alliance Party: 2021 – A Year in Review

The Alliance Party sent out the following release Friday reviewing the party’s activities during the year 2021.  The party previously sent out a monthly newsletter but I have not received it via email since June 2021.  Additionally, I previously placed the party in the IPR category Non-left/right parties, but this release specifically disavows that label. Read more ...

Peter Camejo: Watermelon through and through

On this day 82 years ago, Peter Miguel Camejo was born to Elvia Guanche and Dr. Daniel Camejo Octavio. While hailing from New York, he frequently visited his parent’s home country of Venezuela, competing for them in the 1960 Olympics with his dad. Afterwards he entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and later the University of California where begun to get involved with student activism, which inevitably got him expelled for “using an unauthorized microphone.” Read more ...

Vito Marcantonio: American Laborite

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On this day 119 Years Ago, Vito Marcantonio was born in an Italian ghetto in East Harlem. While Vito is not too remembered in the US Political Scene as he appears to be a relative footnote, he still played an interesting part in it nonetheless.

After he graduated high school, he entered law school, eventually earning a Bachelors of Law from New York University School of Law in 1925.… Read more ...

News & Notes: Baker Backs Out, Communists Throw Birthday Party, NC Libertarian Fueled by Crypto

TYNER TURNS 80: The New York District of the Communist Party USA is inviting supporters to celebrate the 80th birthday of Jarvis Tyner, “our outstanding comrade and leader.”

In addition to serving in numerous leadership roles within the party, Tyner was also the CPUSA candidate for vice president, running with Gus Hall, twice in the 1970s.… Read more ...

Norman Thomas: The Socialist Minister

On this day 136 years ago, Norman Mattoon Thomas was born in Marion, Ohio. Being the first of six kids, Norman was always held to a high standard. Especially in a heavily Presbyterian household, becoming a minister in New York. His religious upbringing led him to become a conscientious objector during the first world war, which directly pushed him working with Socialist Party’s campaigns, due to them having an radical pacifist platform.… Read more ...

Floyd Olson: Radical Turned ‘Greatest Governor’

On this day 130 years ago: Floyd Bjørnstjerne Olson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to an immigrant working class family. He spent his early life working odd jobs that ended up pushing him into the arms of the Industrial Workers of the World, where he began being introduced to more radical ideas of politics, while perusing a law degree.… Read more ...

Socialist Samantha Pree-Stinson Elected to the Minneapolis Board of Estimate and Taxation

Socialist Party member Samantha Pree-Stinson was elected to the Minneapolis Board of Estimate and Taxation on November 2, 2021. She received 29,495 votes, finishing in second place for a position in which the top 2 candidates are elected.

Pree-Stinson, then affiliated with the Green Party, received more than 10% of the vote in a 2017 bid for a seat on the Minneapolis city council.… Read more ...

Time Capsule: Aging Norman Thomas Placed a Socialist on New York City’s Ballot

The following is excerpted from Darcy G. Richardson’s new “The Lowest Ebb: Norman Thomas and America’s Minor Parties in 1944,” available at Amazon and other booksellers.

Still battling the two-headed Goliath, an aging Norman M. Thomas — a six-time candidate for the presidency on the Socialist Party ticket — filed nominating petitions to place the name of Richard F.… Read more ...