piece in Al Jazeera America (yes, Al Jazeera):
Kshama Sawant, Seattle's new socialist City Council member, bears
little resemblance to the conventional image of a modern U.S. politician
whose appearance and policies are often burnished by legions of
advisers and focus groups.
A small, whip-smart Indian-American woman in faded jeans with a
makeup-free face, she holds a Ph.D. in economics and was an early
participant in the Occupy protest movement.
Sawant is not shy about her left-wing party affiliation — despite
America's modern habit of reacting with extreme hostility to the word
"socialism," which is freely demonized on the right and treated with
extreme caution even in progressive circles.
Is Ms. Sawant just an outlier, like Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, or a harbinger?