Why America is warming to socialism: An interview with John Bachtell

BY:Joe Sims| May 18, 2016
Why America is warming to socialism: An interview with John Bachtell

On a swing through Florida recently CPUSA national chairman John Bachtell was interviewed on a Tampa radio show, Radioactivity with host, Rob Lorei. Taking a cue from the broad support for Bernie Sanders’ bid for the presidency Lorei began the interview by asking Bachtell about his view of socialism versus Sanders’.

After playing recordings of Sanders comments on Cuba and Nicaragua Lorei asked the CP chairman if he agreed with the Vermont Senator’s assertion that Cuba was authoritarian. Responding, Bachtell stressed the remaking of the Cuban model of socialism, its decentralization and  localization of authority in Cuban neighborhoods.

Commenting on socialism’s growth historically Bachtell advanced a theory of three socialist “waves,” the early utopian socialist communities (of which there were many examples in the U.S).; the social revolutions emerging after World War 1 led by Russia and present day socialist electoral victories in Central and Latin America. The U.S. Bachtell stressed would follow its own path based on its unique history and traditions.  Here, democracy would be at the center of socialism growth. An electoral path, in Bachtell’s view is the only possible option.

Asked by Radioactivity’s host whether socialism was inevitable, Bachtell remarked that it was “necessary” due to huge problems capitalism cannot solve citing the environment as just one of many examples.

Click here to listen to the interview.

Comments (5)

Jon fielding | May 26, 2016 at 3:15 PM

I believe it was time for the USA and Cuba to be open friends. Cuba’s medicine still needs help that’s why some Cubans still like to go to Spain for their medicine. Why not go to the USA after all what was in the past should be forgiven by the understanding of the story of the Castros. Many people like them better as people than politicians. It’s a touchy topic. I had a dispute with my late mother who just recently passed away and I told her I never lived down there so I cant say much as if I was Cuban citizen. Can the USA help Cubans with medicine? Yes. It’s been very rough for Cuba and it’s time the USA relaxes and sees they are not our enemies. I hope that Fidel’s ideas live on.

    Sandie | September 29, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    Fidel is a great leader improved the economy 10 folds. His reforms were quickly accepted by the people. Fidel expelled the evil capitalism and people to this day rejoice to the best social economy that was implemented. All the people live well in Cuba better than us. If I am not mistaken all people in Cuba are considered middle class, not the same way described in USA but they live well, everybody have medical, housing, job, food, clothing and a vehicle. The basic human rights needs.

Fran | May 26, 2016 at 2:48 PM

I can see, thats the way you would want it to be. but I think Trump can change that.

James | May 23, 2016 at 6:41 PM

Even as I a Free Market advocate, I have to admit that Socialism will be inevitable. Human beings are becoming increasingly obsolete at performing work and that is only going to get worse. Technological advancements and the rise of AI are going to leave us with Socialism as the only humane option.


前田 進 | May 21, 2016 at 2:49 PM

What is your “Moderation”? Moderation is censorship and Infringement of freedom of speech.
It is never allowed by the social justice. Stop your censorship !

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