The Three Splits on the Left

There are three splits on the left: 1. The Democrats are split from the Socialists, Greens,Anarchists and others on the far left, and (2) Within the Democratic Party, the progressive Dems and Berniecrats are split from the mainstream, corporate Dems, and (3) Within the far left, the various factions rarely agree and often have weird rules about needing consensus.

Why can’t groups on the left cooperate and horse trade on various issues?

Dwight Eisenhower was more of a Socialist than Bernie Sanders

Dwight Eisenhower was more of a Socialist than Bernie Sanders

See the text of Bernie Sander’s speech about Democratic Socialism, wherein he writes:

I don’t believe government should own the means of production, but I do believe that the middle class and the working families who produce the wealth of America deserve a fair deal.

I believe in private companies that thrive and invest and grow in America instead of shipping jobs and profits overseas.

I believe that most Americans can pay lower taxes — if hedge fund managers who make billions manipulating the marketplace finally pay the taxes they should.

In fact, Sanders is a social democrat, not a democratic socialist.

Brouhaha about Freedom Socialist Ad

On a right-wing email list I monitor I saw a message claiming that the Freedom Socialists in Seattle we’re offering $13/hour for a web developer position while, at the same time, demanding $20 for a minimum wage. I found the source of the email: this article: Minimum wage group offers pay that undercuts the wage they’re demanding. Here’s what the email and the article say:

In another case of reality trumping idealism, a progressive group advocating for a dramatic bump in the federal mandatory minimum wage has inadvertently revealed a bit on unintentional hypocrisy.

The Seattle-based Freedom Socialist Party needed a Web developer, so it put out an online job posting. It describes the necessary qualifications and job responsibilities, and it even clearly states the hourly wage.

Problem is the Freedom Socialist Party isn’t offering its future Web developer nearly as much as the minimum wage it’s demanding from the government. The party wants a $20 mandatory minimum wage, but it’s willing to pay a Web developer only $13 per hour.

A similar article has links to the ads, at and at Craigslist.

But when I visit the ads, all I see is “Compensation: DOE, plus benefits.” No mention of $13/hr. What’s the DOE rate?  Is this a brouhaha about nothing?