Sanders Can Learn From ‘Sewer Socialists’

Bernie Sanders probably won’t accept the presidential nomination at July’s Democratic convention in Milwaukee. But he and the party would be wise to take a long look at the only socialists to win elections consistently in a major American city. For most of the period between 1910 and 1960, mayors from the Socialist Party of America ran Milwaukee—at a time when it was one of the largest cities in the country. The reason for their long success: frugality.

They implemented a range of new programs, but paid for them largely through…

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