Tag Archives: Linda Jenness

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 ...

Time Capsule: Wildflower of ’72 Calls Nixon an ‘International Outlaw,’ Challenges McGovern to a Debate

Calling President Richard M. Nixon “an international outlaw” in April of 1972, the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) candidate for president of the United States urged students at the University of Arizona in Tucson to join the antiwar movement.

As part of a two-day swing through the Grand Canyon State that also included an appearance at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Linda Jenness told the students that “if you have any ounce of decency left in you, you’ll join the antiwar movement and organize and support activities in this city.”… Read more ...

Historical pockets of support for third party and independent candidates

It’s interesting to look back through past election results and see how some third party candidates for President have done really well in small pockets of the country. Either because their message resonated or because they had personal ties to a particular state or county. Whatever the case, it seems that under the right circumstances a large percentage of people in a small area can be convinced to embrace a minor party or independent candidate.… Read more ...