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April 23, 2008

Who They Are: Sam Graham-Felsen

Obama certainly attracts a colorful bunch of supporters. One is his official campaign blogger Sam Graham-Felsen, who has written for publications like The Nation and Socialist Viewpoint; the latter helpfully offers a page explaining Who We Are:

The Socialist Workers Organization was formed to advance the revolutionary Marxist political program in the United States. Our members are long time active participants in the socialist and labor movements. We agree with Karl Marx that society is divided into social classes whose interests are irreconcilable.
The capitalist ruling class of the United States exercises a virtual dictatorship not only over American society, but also over the entire world. This capitalist class rule is the basic cause of the poverty, wars, and the degradation of the natural environment. […]
To break the stranglehold of the capitalist minority over all of society, workers need their own political institutions. Workers and their unions need to break definitively with Democrats, Republicans, and other capitalist parties, all of which are dedicated to preserving and advancing the capitalist system of social, economic and political injustice.
Socialism, the ownership and democratic control of the means of production by the working class, and the removal of profit from the system of production, is the aim of Socialist Viewpoint, which reflects the political views of the Socialist Workers Organization.

This ideology has been tried more than once. Governments based on it killed over 100,000,000 of their own people in the course of the twentieth century, enslaving those who survived.

There's no need for Graham-Felsen to follow the part about breaking with the Democrat Party — not now that it is on the verge of being overrun by Marxists.

Graham-Felsen has also written for the Harvard Crimson, where he encouraged ultra-left anti-American zealot Noam Chomsky to tone down his repugnant rhetoric enough to gain wider acceptance. You can see why he would affix himself to Obama, who follows the strategy of smoothly saying nothing while surreptitiously advancing the same ideology our nuclear arsenal was built to keep at bay.

Yet another frightening kook for Obama.

Hat tips: The Common Ills, LGF; on a tip from mandy.

Posted by Van Helsing at April 23, 2008 8:52 PM


Come on Van Helsing, call him a socialist or more on target a commie. He is that and you know it. Corrupting religion was his start, I would rather believe in magic before I would believe in any government.

Posted by: Parker at April 23, 2008 10:17 PM

As soon as Hyphen-Boy gives up using all the products of capitalist society (e.g. laptop, cellphone, airplane, auto, iPod, blogs, TV, etc.) I'll consider taking him seriously.

It's pretty hard to take all that workers' paradise stuff seriously, seeing as how most of the people in workers' paradises have either been murdered or put into labor camps. Perhaps these clowns need some history lessons, after they've turned in their laptops and iPods to the capitalist ruling class so as not to be hypocrites. And no blogs either, in worker's paradise, clowns. Just factories and sanatoria.

Posted by: mega at April 23, 2008 10:24 PM

Before you send your kids to Yale, you *might* want to take a peek at this.

Posted by: mega at April 23, 2008 11:12 PM

Well, we haven't been a capitalist society since at least the Roosevelt administration, if not the Wilson one. Our government interferes in business, something that is supposed to be strictly prohibited by the Constitution. To call us Capitalists is a joke now as we're little better than Socialists. Of course, thats also why we're in the economic mess we're in now, thanks to the douchebags at the Federal Reserve and Congress with its runaway spending. Until we return to the Gold/Silver Standard we're gonna be stuck with retarded Keynesian economics.

Posted by: Brooklyn Red Leg at April 24, 2008 3:17 AM

This commie should be exiled to North Korea.

Posted by: Anonymous at April 24, 2008 4:51 AM

People are hoarding rice and pasta? How much pasta and rice can these people eat? 25 pound bags? I have a 2 pound box on my shelf and that last me 2 months. Of course now that the media is getting hold of this the results will be predictable - more hoarding resulting in dwindling supplies which will result in even more hoarding. Picture people with whole rooms filled to the rafter with thousands of pounds of rice and pasta - enough to last decades.

Posted by: General Jack D. Ripper at April 24, 2008 6:02 AM

Why are "progressives" so obsessed with a 19th century hack like Marx?

Posted by: Anonymous at April 24, 2008 6:13 AM

Posted by: V the K at April 24, 2008 7:33 AM


I've been reading the Yale Daily news (somewhat obsessively)daily since Van Helsing first posted a link to it a few months ago on the Roe v Wade aniversary. They have all kinds of pathology going on in those Ivy covered Ivory towers. Very little in the way of logical reasoning or historical perspective goes inot their columns about politics, religion or society(garbage about feminism, same-sex marriage, anti-racist racism.) How could this be Buckley's alma mater?

It is as if liberals believe that all of human history that occured before their birth is of no value to them. They are completely autonomous beings that can shape the world to fit their own,, individual needs and to Hell with everyone else. Ted Kennedy has said somehting like "Communism has failed in the past? So what, it did't have ME in charge."

Posted by: mandy at April 24, 2008 7:49 AM

totally agree, Mandy. I went to the Univ of Chicago in the late 80's right when all this hyperliberal mind-rot was starting but was not yet fully institutionalized. There was gender studies, and of course the sociology dept was babbling about class structure and Marxism and all that nonsense, but these were mainly fads on the sidelines of the serious work which every student did, which was to learn and understand history, philosophy, language, arts, etc. I don't know what's happened in the past 20 years but now all you hear about from top-tier schools is week-long sex parties and heteronormative this and transgendered that. It's hard to imagine the long term cultural impact of this warped Sodom & Gomorrah indoctrination of the nation's elite youth. Svarts is not the problem, just a symptom of a much deeper issue, that the 60's hippies are in charge and have no values or standards. They really should just round up the 60's hippies and deport them to Canada so sane citizens can rebuild this place.

Posted by: mega at April 24, 2008 11:07 AM

I had the same experience at University of Florida in the early '90s. The PC movement was brand new and the elites had to teach us troglodytes how to not be offensive.

I am finding myself in the uncomfortable position of not wanting my kids to go to a 4 year college or university. I'd rather they go to a trade school or get a certificate at a community college. I'm also not entirely convinced this hurts their future earning potential anymore. It may be that more people see through the charade of higher 'education' and value old-fashioned know how and hands on training vs propaganda and indoctornization.

Posted by: mandy at April 24, 2008 12:29 PM

Mandy, I agree with you completely about the future of kids in an increasingly moonbatty world. I don't even want to have kids anymore-- I just can't see myself bringing up kids in this kind of world. My hat is off to all you conservative parents who manage to fight the fight daily to instill in the next generation something worthwhile; it's an uphill battle.

Posted by: monsterforge at April 24, 2008 2:32 PM

Okay, someone help. Maybe I'm buying the liberal media hype but they seem to think BO could be the next president and now on top of all the other problems with him I'm finding out he chooses a red for his campaign blogger. I'm voting for John but what the heck happens to the US if BO gets elected? Is he planning to implement communist teachings in all of our schools? Who's he going to select for his cabinet? Someone tell me John's unbeatable so I can quit worrying.

Posted by: Rod at April 25, 2008 9:03 PM

Nothing's certain, Rod. McCain hasn't really done a lot to make us conservatives excited about the thought of him in office, but hopefully the nasty campaigning on the left has put a sour taste in the mouth of potential swing voters. It's going to do nothing to dissuade left-leaning voters-- they'll vote for anyone who promises to fundamentally change the nature of this country no matter what they have done in the past or what they are doing in the present. Obama could eat a live puppy at a press conference, and they'd still hail him as the Messiah. I'm no McCain fan, but I feel he's a better bet than either of the lefties. But I am, by no means, excited about this election.

Posted by: monsterforge at April 26, 2008 11:11 AM

This is stupid. You'll probably delete this comment, but I just wanted to let you know that you're stupid.

Posted by: Rose at April 27, 2008 7:25 PM

No, Rose, your comment won't be deleted. VH is pretty good about letting people's comments stay on here for all to see. So...what exactly is stupid? Who exactly is stupid? These are the things we are anxiously awaiting to know.

Posted by: Thulsa Doom at April 27, 2008 10:18 PM