A candidate running under the “Socialist Alternative” party has defeated a Democratic incumbent in Seattle in a close city council race, the Seattle P-I reports.
Kshama Sawant currently leads Richard Conlin by 1,148 votes. Conlin has served four terms in Seattle’s city council since being elected in 1997.
Sawant’s platform included a $15/hour minimum wage, mandatory GMO labeling, ending corporate welfare, and unionizing companies like Starbucks that rely heavily on low-wage labor.
It’s too early to tell what sort of conservative backlash will follow from an avowed socialist with a dog named “Che” winning public office, but Forbes is already freaking out that anybody without a neoliberal agenda is allowed to teach economics and run for office.
In an editorial from 4 days ago, Forbes’ Jesse Lessinger laments that Sawant, a professor at Seattle Central Community College, is allowed to teach economics as a socialist.
How on earth can somebody who rejects basic academic knowledge be so close to winning a city council seat? Even more troublingly, how can somebody with her beliefs be allowed to teach an economics course? This would be analogous to allowing an AIDS denier to teach a medical microbiology course, a 9/11 truther to teach a foreign policy course, or a creationist to teach an evolution course.
Because, you know, thinking that poor people should have access to affordable housing is straight up crazy, right?
[H/T Seattle P-I]