What it's like being a socialist in the United States


The very word has been anathema in America for so long. Yet in the wake of Bernie Sanders' strong showing in the Democratic Party primaries ahead of the last presidential election, more and more Americans are calling themselves “socialists”. Some are even winning elections. Mediapart's New York correspondent Mathieu Magnaudeix gives a pen portrait of some of these new candidates on the American Left who are fighting against capitalism as much as they are combating discrimination.

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A few years ago Nomiki Konst was campaigning for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama's former vice-president Joe Biden, a centrist who is eyeing a challenge to Donald Trump in 2020. She even tried to stand for election to Congress in Arizona, during which she discovered the somewhat unappealing and mysterious practices of the Democratic Party.