The "S" Word by John Nichols
A Short History of an American Tradition...Socialism

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A few months before the 2010 midterms, Newt Gingrich described the socialist infiltration of American government and media as “even more disturbing than the threats from foreign terrorists.” John Nichols offers an unapologetic retort to the return of red-baiting in American political life—arguing that socialism has a long, proud, American history. Tom Paine was enamored of early socialists, Horace Greeley employed Karl Marx as a correspondent, and Helen Keller was an avowed socialist. The “S” Word gives Americans back a crucial aspect of their past and makes a forthright case for socialist ideas today.

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John Nichols is The Nation's Washington correspondent and the Associate Editor of The Capital Times in Madison, Wisconsin. He has covered seven presidential races and reported from two-dozen countries. The author or coauthor of eight books on media and politics Nichols delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Congress of the International Federation of Journalists in Athens and addressed the 2009 Global Forum on Freedom of Expression in Oslo. He lives in Madison, WI and Washington DC.
Published March 21, 2011 by Verso. 336 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Nichols sifts through the work of Whitman, who, though not a “joiner,” adored radical journalist Fanny Wright, and possessed a deeply socialist vision, as evidenced in Leaves of Grass—e.g., “Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the ...

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"The United States is a country that has always been and should continue to be informed by socialists, socialist ideals and a socialist critique of public policies," Nichols writes in "The 'S' Word," (Verso) a search for the legacy of our homegrown radicals.

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Ironically, by launching a practically unprovoked attack on moribund American socialism, conservatives have revitalized it, and in the not-to-distant future, may come to regret making it a topic of conversation in American households once again.

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