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‘Socialist in Seattle’

Move over, Bernie Sanders — there’s another openly socialist lawmaker in the national spotlight.

Over on the homepage, I write about Kshama Sawant, who earlier this month was elected to Seattle’s city council as a member of the Socialist Alternative party, making her the first socialist to be elected in a citywide Seattle election in nearly a century. On the campaign trail, she promised to bump the minimum wage to $15, push for rent-control, and raise taxes on the “super rich.” Her suggestion for what Boeing union workers should do if the company picks up shop and leaves Washington State garnered perhaps the most attention:

“Sawant called Boeing’s potential move “economic terrorism,” owing to its devastating impact on the area, and urged machinists to “take over the factories, and shut down the profit-making machine” if the company follows through. “The only response we can have if Boeing executives do not agree to keep the plant here is for the machinists to say the machines are here, the workers are here, we will do the job, we don’t need the executives,” she said at a rally. “We can re-tool the [Boeing] machines to produce mass transit like buses, instead of destructive, you know, war machines,” she told a local TV station.”

To read more on Sawant and those on the left who are praising her, check the rest out here.

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