Seattle’s favorite socialist, city councilmember Kshama Sawant, was in New York City over the weekend to attend the People’s Climate March, the “largest environmental march in history.” We can only assume that she did not ride a bike to New York, so perhaps she bought some carbon offsets to cover the hypocrisy of her long trip.
Sitting on a climate panel with Vermont’s socialist U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, Sawant spoke for about 20 minutes praising civil disobedience as recently (illegally) exhibited by environmental activists against oil and coal trains, advocated the public ownership of “giant energy corporations” (evidently she left Boeing out of her takeover talk, unlike last year), accused Seattle Democrats of being “the political servants of business,” and publically backed a potential presidential bid by Sen. Sanders.
Later, in an interview, Sawant—clearly confused on what the word “militant” invokes—called for a “really radical, militant, nonviolent mass movement that will raise concrete political demands.”
For your benefit, SHIFT has the top three quotes from Sawant during the course of the weekend.
- “A socialist world that will deliver a high standard of living for all.”
- “We must bring giant corporations into public ownership. You cannot control what you don’t own.”
- “And what we were talking about last night was that this collective action needs to be channeled into a really radical, militant, nonviolent mass movement that will raise concrete political demands.”
We can’t even make this nutty stuff up, but you can watch Sawant’s speech below: