Peter Camejo, who had become a perennial candidate of the Green Party in California for various offices, a long-time acrivist who also ran as a Socialist Workers Party candidate, died last week. I was pleased he got a chance on a larger stage during the 2003 gubernatorial debates, when the requirement of letting all the declared candidates participate made things a lot more interesting than the usual affair with the chosen ones of the two branches of the Government Party spouting poll-tested platitudes and soundbites. Here's the Register's editorial in memory. Almost all his political ideas were dead-wrong as far as I'm concerned, but I'm glad he was around.
Of course with the bailouts of last week and the likely commitment of $700 billion to try to "stabilize" the markets, the U.S. with Republicans at the helm has become more socialist in action than Peter Camejo probably ever dreamed could happen. Well, maybe it will tie the hands of the next president from taking any substantive action, which wouldn't be such a bad thing. Trouble is, as even the linked article acknowledged, state socialism has never been stable for long.