Seattle Is Socialism’s Laboratory, and It’s Not Pretty

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant speaks in front of the Amazon Spheres during a protest to demand that the city tax the largest corporations to help fund affordable housing in Seattle, April 10, 2018. (Lindsey Wasson/Reuters)
Massive new taxes and stifling regulations, taxpayer-funded homeless encampments, violent protests …

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE D emocratic socialists are in the middle of a hostile takeover of the Democratic Party. Led by the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and the “squad” of newly elected congresswomen, the hard-left coalition has laid out an ambitious agenda to transform the United States into a democratic socialist nation. While many commentators have dismissed the rhetoric around the Green New Deal, Housing for All, and End Cash Bail as pie-in-the-sky abstraction, in Seattle, the socialist coalition is quickly translating this agenda into a political reality.

After the socialist Left’s stunning victory over business-backed moderates in last year’s municipal elections, Seattle has effectively become

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