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Kshama Sawant Says Socialism Isn’t ‘Only in Seattle’

Kshama Sawant, then-candidate for Seattle City Council, in 2013. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren) When you ask Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant a question, she looks at you and puzzles over your inquiry, attempting to summon something other than a polished talking point. She breaks down her response into numbered subparts; then, she offers a macroeconomic reflection—often featuring “the billionaire class” and “corporate politicians”—in her Mumbai lilt. I met Kshama Sawant at Pettirosso , a café-bistro known for its delicate pastries, in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. We ordered house red wine, vegan macaroni and cheese (the non-dairy […]

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