How Will Electing Socialists Transform Chicago?

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How Will Electing Socialists Transform Chicago?

I was amused by this head­line from the UK guardian about Chicago:

Chicago’s Demo­c­ra­tic social­ists on brink of trans­form­ing city’s politics

Six Demo­c­ra­tic social­ists may join city coun­cil this year, reflect­ing the pro­gres­sive momen­tum in national politics

The body of the story I found equally puzzling

But the Chicago edu­ca­tor and com­mu­nity activist may be poised to do just that after forc­ing a runoff in her 33rd ward alder­manic race against incum­bent Deb Mell last month, mak­ing her one of six demo­c­ra­tic social­ists who could poten­tially join city coun­cil this year.


That shock num­ber of openly declared social­ists set to join Chicago pol­i­tics comes at a time when social­ism is increas­ingly vis­i­ble in national
US pol­i­tics, led by the social­ist sen­a­tor Bernie Sanders run­ning for pres­i­dent and social­ist New York con­gress­woman Alexan­dria Ocasio-​Cortez becom­ing one the most high-​profile politi­cians in the House of Representatives.

Unless I’m very much mis­taken Chicago has been a cor­rupt Demo­c­rat run machine city with sky­rock­et­ing taxes where the vio­lence in black neigh­bor­hoods, per­pet­u­ated by gangs fight­ing over drugs prey­ing on ordi­nary cit­i­zens is start­ing to spill out toward the city proper for decades.

Or put sim­ply Chicago is already head­ing toward Venezue­lan sta­tus how is elect­ing a bunch of avowed social­ists going to make it any different?

I was amused by this headline from the UK guardian about Chicago:

Chicago’s Democratic socialists on brink of transforming city’s politics

Six Democratic socialists may join city council this year, reflecting the progressive momentum in national politics

The body of the story I found equally puzzling


But the Chicago educator and community activist may be poised to do just that after forcing a runoff in her 33rd ward aldermanic race against incumbent Deb Mell last month, making her one of six democratic socialists who could potentially join city council this year.


That shock number of openly declared socialists set to join Chicago politics comes at a time when socialism is increasingly visible in national 
US politics, led by the socialist senator Bernie Sanders running for president and socialist New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez becoming one the most high-profile politicians in the House of Representatives.

Unless I’m very much mistaken Chicago has been a corrupt Democrat run machine city with skyrocketing taxes where the violence in black neighborhoods, perpetuated by gangs fighting over drugs preying on ordinary citizens is starting to spill out toward the city proper for decades.

Or put simply Chicago is already heading toward Venezuelan status how is electing a bunch of avowed socialists going to make it any different?