Tom Hayden – Glimpses of a Life Caught Between Two Worlds

By Jim Smith Nowadays it’s shocking when a vibrant person dies at the young age of 76 as Tom Hayden did on Oct. 23. His engagement and vitality made it seem that he could go another decade or two, in spite of a stroke. He was still writing and still pontificating nearly to the end. […]

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Socialism Revived, in spite of Bernie, Donald and Hillary

By Jim Smith It’s been a long time, but socialism is finally back on the American political scene. This turn of events is due in large part to Bernie Sanders openly expousing the word, whether he is one. It’s also due to those candidates who defend capitalism, Trump and Clinton, being the most disliked perhaps […]

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Can Obama Change 50 Years of Unfriendly Relations with Cuba?

By Jim Smith An American President in Cuba. It hasn’t happened since Calvin Coolidge arrived in a battleship 88 years ago. This time Barack Obama goes, not as a conqueror, but as a supplicant, hoping that the Cubans will cooperate with his desire to achieve a lasting accomplishment for his presidency, the normalization of relations. […]

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Students Fight Back Against High Fees At the University of California

By Maureen Smith The six UCSC students who blocked Highway 17 on March 3rd for approximately three hours as part of UC-wide actions against student fees and in solidarity with actions occurring at that time (and continuing) nation-wide against institutional racism and police brutality appeared in court today to plead no contest to their charges.  Three […]

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Welcome to the Peace & Freedom Party/California Socialist Journal

The Journal of Peace and Freedom is published by members of the Venice Peace and Freedom Chapter. It is not an “official organ” of the Party. Anyone may submit an original article for consideration of posting by the editorial board. Articles should have a left/socialist orientation, and should be political commentary, not news items or announcements. […]

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Another Black Life Is Snuffed Out By The LAPD

By Jim Smith Los Angeles is a city without a heart. It is a city where a young, Black homeless kid can be gunned down at close range, while the cop who took his life is sent home on paid leave. It is a city where developers run the city, including the police commission, and […]

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Vietnam, Viet Nam

By Jim Smith Most of us never even learned how the Vietnamese write the name of their country (Viet Nam), before we lost the war. It was 40 years ago, April 30, 1975, that TV viewers witnessed our Vietnamese lackeys being kicked away from overloaded Hueys as the helicopters fled from the land our rulers thought they […]

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Notes on the Development of Socialism in the United States

By Jim Smith I In 2015, the question of socialism as a political-economic system has emerged due to the loss of confidence in the ability of the capitalist system to meet the needs of the majority of people. On the one hand, the growing concentration of wealth, as noted by Piketty and others has become […]

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