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Anne Hidalgo, the incumbent mayor of Paris and member of the French Socialist Party, celebrates after winning the second round of the French Municipal elections in Paris on June 28. Aurelien Morissard/Xinhua via Getty Images

Is France’s Socialist Party Back From the Dead?

As Macron’s luster fades in local elections, Socialist leaders are planning a return to national politics—in alliance with the Greens.

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Socialism: Why It’s Back and What It Means

Essays on how social democracy can save the world, as well as counterpoints on why capitalism remains the best way for populations to thrive.

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Why Socialism Won’t Work

Capitalism is still the best way to handle risk and boost innovation and productivity.

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How Climate Change Has Supercharged the Left

Global warming could launch socialists to unprecedented power—and expose their movement’s deepest contradictions.

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The World After Capitalism

The future depends on a social democracy that doesn’t reshape capitalism but transcends it.

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Can Social Democrats Save the World (Again)?

Communism and democratic socialism won’t heal today’s political divisions. But social democracy—which helped ward off extremism following World War II—could.

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Socialism’s Biggest Hero Is a Bourgeois British Capitalist

John Maynard Keynes felt little solidarity for workers and inspired a century of establishment economics. The West’s revived socialists have adopted him as their own anyway.

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a protest rally in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 4, 2018.

The Myth of Democratic Socialism

The Nordic countries show the limits, not successes, of Bernie Sanders’s plans.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a press conference in Washington on June 24.

What the Right Gets Wrong About Socialism

As Scandinavia shows, it does feature plenty of public ownership—but also a thriving economy.

Venezuelan opposition supporters gather to listen to the head of Venezuela's National Assembly and the country's self-proclaimed acting president, Juan Guaidó, during a rally in Caracas on Jan. 26. (FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Left Keeps Getting Venezuela Wrong

Anti-imperialists prefer a Russian-backed dictator to a public revolt.

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower at NATO's Paris headquarters in 1951. (AFP/Getty Images)

Want to Win the Midterms? Spend Less on War

The intensification of the liberal-neoconservative alliance under Trump is not good news for Democrats.

The leader of the far-right League party, Matteo Salvini (R), embraces Silvio Berlusconi during a joint press conference in Rome on March 1, 2018.

In Italy, a Right-Wing Spin Doctor Repents

How Silvio Berlusconi’s top propagandist become one of Matteo Salvini’s toughest critics.

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES:  Julius (R, 1918-53) and Ethel Rosenberg (L, 1915-53) are seated in a police van in 1953 in New York shortly before their execution for espionage. Rosenberg, husband and wife, joined the US Communist Party, and were convicted of being part of a transatlantic spy ring uncovered after the trial of Klaus Fuchs in Britain. They were found guilty in a highly controversial trial of passing on atomic secrets to the Soviet Union and became the first US civilians to be executed for espionage in Sing Sing Prison 19 June 1953. (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

The Sins of the Father Shall Not Be Visited on the Son

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg's son has devoted his life to aiding children of imprisoned radical leftists. And his work is about to become more urgent than ever.

Cuban President Fidel Castro delivers a 4:29-hour speech at the United Nations headquarters in New York, on September 26th, 1960.   AFP PHOTO/OAH (Oficina de Asuntos Historicos del Consejo de Estado)  FOR USE ONLY IN NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES AND INTERNET / AFP / OAH        (Photo credit should read OAH/AFP/Getty Images)

Will History Absolve Fidel Castro?

The legacy of Cuba’s socialist revolution is still very much in doubt.

<> on March 8, 2014 in San Cristobal, Venezuela.

After 24 Years, I Am Leaving the Disaster Venezuela Has Become

And my heart grieves for my friends and neighbors, who are stuck there — for worse is yet to come.

French President Fran?ois Mitterrand gives a press conference, on May 5, 1983 at China's Great Hall of the People, in Beijing during his official visit in China.        (Photo credit should read GABRIEL DUVAL/AFP/Getty Images)

How French Socialism Built — and Destroyed — the European Union

The road to hell was paved with the good intentions of François Mitterrand.

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The End of Politics as We Know It

The traditional ideological divides of Left and Right are collapsing. And that raises big questions about the future of liberal democracy.

"No Evo" graffiti in El Alto, Bolivia on Feb. 21. (Aizar Raldes/AFP/Getty Images)

The Limits of Evo Morales’s Identity Politics

Not all of Bolivia’s indigenous people are happy with the country’s first indigenous president.