Watch Budding Political Star Kshama Sawant Make the Case for Socialism
Kshama Sawant, a socialist who was elected to Seattle's City Council, grew up in India’s caste system, which greatly influenced her socialist politics. She was recently interviewed by Abby Martin of Telesur's Empire Files.
“The experience of looking at the devastation and misery that people live in because of the caste system, the social divide, but also looking at the connection between caste and class really made me think. Often the magnitude of the problems in countries like India make people feel demoralized and makes people feel they don’t even want to think about it, but it had the opposite effect on me. I thought about it all the time and the question was ‘Clearly human society has advanced enough to make amazing technological advances, surely we can figure out how to end poverty," Sawant told Abby Martin.
In addition to being a social activist, Sawant is also a part-time economics instructor and web developer. When arriving in the U.S., the disparity of wealth in America only amplified Sawant’s desire to combat capitalism.
“We have an entirely new generation in America that did not grow up in the Cold War era but is living the fruits that capitalism brings. Even though the labor movement fought for a sliver of benefits to the working class, those substantial gains are now disappearing. Peopler starting to ask what is this system offering. What we are seeing by socialist alternative really showed there’s a huge openness to independent left politics," Sawant said.
Watch her inteview with Martin: