Tell them what they’ve won, Don Pardo
The latest edition of The Nation magazine is out. The cover story: “Socialism is on the Agenda for 2020.”
Not on our agenda, of course but very likely one of the two major political parties —In the U.S., if it need be said — the U.K. having dispensed with Corbynism most decisively. Then again, socialism is always on the agenda at The Nation.
This being the season — namely, year’s end — the magazine announces its annual “honor roll of progressives.” (The only reference to Christmas we could find was a nativity scene depicting Jesus, Mary, and Joseph separated and caged, as asylum seekers detained by I.C.E.)
Drum roll, please
Our friendly comrade John Nichols does the honors.
Winning in the media category is a radio program called “Rising Up With Sonali,” described as “an all-female progressive news coverage rooted in gender and racial justice.” Remember when justice used to be blind?
In the music category: Leyla McCalla’s album “The Capitalist Blues.” With a back beat you can’t lose it! May it earn a million dollars in royalties!
Book of the year: “This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto.” Our progressive-socialist acquaintances can’t resist a manifesto — the more strident, the better.
Political figure: Ayanna Pressley, one of A.O.C.’s “Squad,” for demanding that Democratic politicians sign on to the Green New Deal. Drink the Kool Aid!
The Chicago Teachers Union is name checked for sticking it to the taxpayers with a contract that will boost salaries to nearly $100,000 a year and cap retirement contributions at a mere 2% a year.
Comrade Nichols honored “progressive prosecutors” including Soros-financed Larry Krasner in Philadelphia, who fired more than 30 prosecutors upon taking office in 2017.
⇒ “Gun-related violent crime is up in Philadelphia,” Philadelphia magazine wrote this summer. “That was entirely predictable when we elected a district attorney whose primary goal is releasing criminals rather than prosecuting them.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Better luck next year, Ismael Ozanne.