The next American presidential election will be held in November 2016.The two candidates making the waves are Donald Trump for the Republicans and Bernie Sanders for the Democrats. It is Bernie Sanders who I intend concentrating on in this blog.

Sanders describes himself as a democratic socialist. However I have some problems with this description. Firstly if he is a socialist what is he doing inside the American Democratic party which is most certainly not a socialist party. It is a party domimated by corporate business interests and also supports imperialist wars against third world countries.

As for Sanders himself unsuprisingly he is opposed to nationalization describing himself as a social democrat that supports health care reform. Outrageously he described the late Hugo Chavez as a dead communist. Which leads me on to Sanders cold war mindset. He supported a resolution in the American senate on the 17/7/14 backing Israel,s attack on Gazza. He also suports the American cold war aggression against Russia. So Sanders is basically nothing new in my opinion. If he becomes president he will continue the American aggression against third world countries and the cold war against Russia. Also big business interests will continue to control America.

American socialists should not support Sanders 2016 presidential campaign as working inside the corporate funded Democratic party is a dead end. But should instead try and build a new mass socialist party in America. As this is unlikely to be achieved by the 2016 presidential election campaign I would recommend supporting the Green party presidential candidate Jill Stein.



As far as I am concerned the arrival of October always represents the build up to the start of the winter season and also perhaps more importantly to the start of the Christmas season. So I have always looked upon the start of October as a date of great significance.

I must confess that the Christmas season is my favourite time of the year. However paradoxically I also find it to be a time of great stress and tension. Many other people that I talk to also say that they find the Christmas period to be very stressful. This is probaly due having to attend various social events etc. Also it can bring up a reminder of bad relations with friends and relatives.

However I am of the strong opinion that there is something magical about the build up to the Christmas period and the Christmas season itself. Despite living in a world of hell and injustice for a very short period of Christmas we are offered the possibility of a new world based on love peace hope and tranquillity.

Personally as an unorthodox Christian the birth of Jesus is the reason for this Christmas magic. However I recognise that non religious people can also feel the joy of Christmas period.

However I am of the opinion that we should use the Xmas season as time to look back on our lives in the past year and see how we can perhaps make changes in our lives in the year ahead. Perhaps we can take up meditation, or else getting involved in an anti war or social justice campaign. Or else involved in donating to a charity?

Enjoy the build up to Christmas 2015 all.