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ENG: Billy Wharton (May 5, 1969 –) is an American democratic socialist politician 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 ...
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WHARTON: Green Shoots of Red Electorialism

Hidden beneath the public relations concocted roar and corporate funded thunder of the Obama and Romney campaigns were the little people. This election cycle, more than just a few voters decided to strike out and make a bold statement about what they want for their future. They decided to vote Socialist. A few thousand sought out our Presidential ticket of Stewart Alexander and Alex Mendoza, and many others focused their support on local efforts. This time, doing so wasn’t just a way to register a vague protest against the system. It got someone elected. The current batch of socialist ...

Wharton: Obama Re-elected - The Fightback Begins

Tonight, Barack Obama was declared the winner of the U.S. Presidential election. Obama ran a centrist, lackluster campaign that was fueled by an avalanche of campaign donations from corporate America. The losers were poor and working class people all over the country. Although, Mitt Romney was the other corporate funded candidate in the race, it will be regular Americans who will have to live with repercussions of a second Obama presidency. Over the next four years, the administration will continue to extend the damage it has initiated since 2008. On the healthcare front, four more years of ...

Socialist Party Q&A: National Co-Chair Billy Wharton

The following is an interview with Socialist Party USA National Co-Chair, Billy Wharton. We discuss the past, present and future of the movement to get a better understanding of the Socialist Party. Could you give a summary of the history of the Socialist Party, as you understand it? Billy: In one sense, the history of the Socialist Party USA (SP-USA) is quite old. You can track our origins back to the formation of the old Socialist Party of America (SPA) in 1901. The SPA was the party of Eugene Debs and Norman Thomas and was seriously engaged in the class struggles of the 20th Century, ...

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How We Won the Battle of the Brooklyn Bridge
by Billy WhartonIt is not often that one can claim to have beaten the New York City District Attorney’s office.  The District Attorney usually operates with brutal efficiency as it prosecutes, plea bargains and convicts thousands of people each year.  However, they do not come up against a person like me very often.  I was arrested for a political crime, namely marching over the Brooklyn Bridge with 700 other Occupy Wall Street (OWS) supporters.  More important than that, I had nearly unlimited access to legal representation through the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), a group that was committed to playing the long game with my prosecutors in the DA’s office.The march over the Bridge represented a critical moment for OWS.  The Mayor’s office was clearly looking for an event that they could use to discredit the growing movement.  In previous weeks instances of heavy handed police tactics had backfired in the media.  The New York Police Department an
Zimmerman and Deen - Icons of a New South?
by Billy WhartonThere is a strange unplanned irony to history.  Events that relate to each other often occur simultaneously.  In this case, the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman is paired with the public disgrace of Paula Deen.  Both offended public sensibilities by reminding Americans of a time thought to be long passed.  In Zimmerman’s case it was the days of extra-legal lynching and in Deen’s the days when a kind of “cracker-culture” ruled the South and was admired by mainstream Americans.Deen’s is accused of brazenly employing the n-word when talking to an African-American employee of her restaurant chain.  The accusation was quickly taken up as true because of multiple instances in which Deen employed racially-charged language to mock skin color difference on air and when she public imagined how a “true Southern plantation-themed” wedding might look.  Less discussed, but perhaps more troubling, is Deen uncomplicated appropriation of
The Emergency Financial Manager - What Happens in Detroit Doesn’t Stay in Detroit
by Billy WhartonIt is not everyday, though it is increasingly more common, that an “election” in the People’s Republic of Chinais more democratic than a political event in the United States.  The appointment of Kevyn Orr as the Emergency Financial Manager (EFM) of Detroitis one such moment.  Orr becomes the 14thsuch emergency manager appointed in the state of Michigan since 1988.  Once installed, he will wield the kind of nearly unlimited decision making power that is all the rage in Beijingand Pyongyang.The position of EFM was created by Michigan Public Act 101 in 1988 in response to a budget crisis in the city of Hamtramck.  The Act was challenged multiple times in the judicial system and was even overturned by a vote in a popular referendum during the 2012 election.  True to the undemocratic spirit of the position itself, the Governor of Michigan promptly overrode the will of the people and re-created the position after the elections.An EFM has the abi
For A Woman On The 6 Train
To start, I admit to being a thick-skinned New Yorker. After nearly forty-years here, there is little that this city can offer which would evoke even an emotion. This is particularly true in the New York City subways. Rats run across the subway tracks.

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