Some famous American socialists: Angela Davis, Juan Chacon, W.E.B.

DuBois, Paul Robeson, Helen Keller, Woody Guthrie, Eugene Debs, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Albert Einstein.

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Feeling Locked Out of the American Dream?

Twenty-first century science and technology make it possible for all the world’s people to have good food, good health, good education, a good job and a fulfilling life.

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What stands in the way? Capitali$m - an economic and political system that puts profits before people.

Here are some examples: • Bank of North Dakota – founded in 1919. housing. etc. food co-ops. co-ops.Americans already have lots of experience with public ownership. • Cleveland Public Power – which provides electricity at affordable rates to that city. • Cooperative societies – farmer co-ops. • Union pension funds. • Social Security. • Veteran’s Administration health care network.5 million Americans in 7 states. .000 municipally owned and operated sewage treatment systems. its profits go to benefit the people of that state. • Credit union – 87 million Americans participate in these local financial institutions that are owned and controlled by their members. • Tennessee Valley Authority – provides electrical power for 8. • 16.

• Record levels of inequality. the LGBT community. This will happen when a majority of our country’s people are convinced of the need for such revolutionary change and are ready to make it happen. air. a movement with workers. The heart of capitalism is the drive for more and more profits for FACT: The richest 400 banks and corporations no matter people in America have what happens to our nation’s people and environment. sexism.Q: What’s wrong with capitalism? A: It puts profits before people. This coalition must also include small business people. seniors. • Greed for profits is the impetus for war – for oil. It will be the same kind of people’s movement that is fighting for progress today. • Cutting workers’ pay and benefits. In the fight for jobs. worker even though it is • People’s needs go down the toilet. The union movement as well as African American. • Denying workers the right to join unions. this unity can be built. FACT: The average Wiping out American industry. . The results of this more wealth than 155 built-in greed are horrible: million other Americans • 20 million people out of work. at the polling place and in the community. • Exporting jobs to wherever workers get paid the least. including unemployed workers. Asian American. students and professionals. The involvement of youth. • Capitalism foments racism. libraries. Public schools. health the workers who actually services. food supply and oceans. • Corruption of Congress and our democratic institutions by corporate dollars and lobbyists. It means showing in the course of grass roots struggles how these are used to divide and conquer the movement for progressive change. closed. parks. corporate executive • Draining the public treasury makes $500 for every with tax breaks and bailouts for the super-rich and giant $1 paid to the average corporations. for domination of other countries’ markets and profits of military contractors. at its heart. sexism. and homophobia. liberty and the pursuit of happiness. and create our nation’s transit systems are cut back or wealth. Another world is necessary – and possible! How do we get there? Capitalism in the United States can and will be replaced with a people-first socialist system. Latino. health care. women. That means combating racism. but even bigger and broader. the environment. it traps us in a political system and economy focused on greed and the pursuit of private profits. homophobia and anti-immigrant campaigns. at the workplace. Capitalism is un-American. environmentalists and people of faith is vital. anti-immigrant hysteria. including 25% of our young combined! adults. We can gain this majority by uniting for people’s needs. education. To make that change will require a very broad coalition. Instead of life. stealing pensions. • Poisoning our drinking water. peace and human rights. immigrant and Native American communities will be central parts of that alliance.

Reversing climate change. In a socialist economy. freedom of religion and equality for all. • Banks. people come first. In a socialist society. laboratories. churches and charitable organizations. offices. Other fundamental rights. such as the right to a job. we could expand those traditions to make our country’s economic life more democratic. unions. utilities and key sectors of the economy such as steel and transportation would be publicly owned and operated. Americans already have great traditions of such grass roots organizations such as town hall meetings. In a socialist society. Right now Americans already produce our nation’s wealth socially. not profits Socialism means re-structuring our economy to be fairer and more democratic. No doubt millions of young people would lead the way with such initiatives. War. schools. We work together in factories. guaranteeing freedom of speech. mass transit. PTAs. literature. dance. The rich and diverse multi-cultural American heritage could flourish in music. The deciding factor would no longer be what’s best for corporate profits. film and art. sports. developing green industries. • Small business would still be a vital part of the process • There would be enough resources freed up to fully fund public education. there would be social ownership and social control instead of private ownership and control. Bill of Rights Socialism Socialism in the United States would be built on the strong foundation of our Constitution’s Bill of Rights.Photos this page and cover by David Bacon In a socialist economy. A socialist society would need to create organizations at the grass roots level to assure democratic controls. oil companies. • • • . The people would decide. health care. The difference? No corporate big shots getting paid billions for the work that others do. hospitals and on farms and construction sites. What’s not decided together is how the wealth we create could be fairly distributed. sexism and homophobia would lose their corporate sponsors. racism. health care and education could be added. people would get paid for the work they do and rewarded for the initiatives they take. and sustainability would be top priorities. stores. • child care and any other priorities the American people decide on.