Print Column: The Socialists Started a Softball Team


MINOT, N.D. — The Red River Valley chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America have started themselves a softball team.

Their goal is “raising visibility and connecting with the community.”

This isn’t an uncommon tactic for social movements.

Churches hold dances. Political parties hold pie auctions.

Jim Jones, the infamous socialist who led hundreds to their deaths decades ago, emulated Mao Zedong in using the structures of religion to organize his people even though he was himself an atheist.

The Red River Valley DSA wants to recruit people. So they’re playing softball, and telling a credulous reporter about how they’re not at all like the socialists of yore whose machinations resulted in death and suffering for hundreds of millions.

I mean, who even remembers all that anyway?

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