Keyword: Democratic Socialists of America

'We're creating new ideas': US socialists plan the return of the Left in America

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Maria Svart is the national director of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), an activist organisation funded by its members, whose numbers have swollen tenfold since Donald Trump became president. Mediapart's New York correspondent Mathieu Magnaudeix interviewed her about the Democratic primary candidate Bernie Sanders, the rising star on the Left congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the return of the Left in the United States.

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

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One of the rising stars in American socialism, 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. © Reuters One of the rising stars in American socialism, 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. © Reuters

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.