Heavy Rotation: Labor in the Time of Trump

Southern Maine DSA recently presented Sinclair Lewis’s 1935 play “It Can’t Happen Here,” which asked audiences if European fascism could take hold in America. The question is still relevant today, but it contains another more practical question: What can we do to stop it? California labor historian Fred Glass believes that labor history provides a… Read more »

The Roots of the Labor Movement Run Deep in Maine

By Mike Desjardins Note: This post is reblogged from https://medium.com/@mdesjardins/what-democratic-socialism-means-to-me-f361ea98138b In the late 1800’s, a young man named Adolphe was looking for work in his hometown of Lévis, across the river from Québec City. The economy in that area in that time wasn’t particularly favorable. To find work, he resorted to what many of his… Read more »

Ask a Socialist: “Do socialists really think that no one should work?”

By Jeremy Mele There’s a common misconception that socialists are “lazy” and that we only want “free stuff,” that we are “moochers.” If that’s the case, we must be really bad at those things, because volunteering for socialist organizations, campaigning for working class power, and running donation drives where we actively give away goods to… Read more »

It is Happening Here…

Southern Maine Democratic Socialists of America Presents: A Staged Reading of “It Can’t Happen Here” Adapted from the play by Sinclair Lewis and John C. Moffitt and based on the Lewis Novel On the Anniversary of the Inauguration: January 20, 2018 7:00 pm (Doors), 7:30 (Curtain) – 9:00 pm Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray… Read more »

Heavy Rotation: “A Change is Gonna Come”

As long as rich people are defining what’s good for the rest of us, it’s not going to be good for the rest of us.  – Peter Kellman Side A – Interview with Peter Kellman This week our A-side is a reflection of our A-game. Peter Kellman is a lifelong activist, labor historian and living… Read more »

Book Review: Private Government – How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don’t Talk about It), by Elizabeth Anderson

  By Nathan Knopp The mythology of America has always stressed the moral rectitude of giving people influence over the decision-making processes that affect us. This is the very definition of democracy and the idea conveyed by the famous Revolutionary War era refrain, “No taxation without representation.” In her 2017 book, Private Government: How Employers… Read more »

Heavy Rotation: Don’t let the turkeys get you down.

Heavy Rotation is back from Turkey Town with some new links, listens, and even a video game to play while you’re on the treadmill working off that extra piece of pie. Side A:  The outpouring of #MeToo stories shared on social media have been hard for many of us to bear, not just because  they… Read more »