The economy is stagnant — so stagnant that over 35 percent of all Americans have been reported to a collection agency for bad debt and The Washington Post has advised newly-minted college graduates to give up hope and go live in their parents’ basements.
However, The Daily Caller never dreamed it would come to this: A socialist party that wants to raise the federal minimum wage to $20 per hour is currently advertising a job for an experienced web developer paying $13 per hour.
The party is the Freedom Socialist Party, which, impressively, owns the rights to the domain name Socialism.com.
This month, the Freedom Socialist Party placed an ad on both Indeed.com and Craigslist seeking a part-time web content manager in Seattle. The job pays $13 per hour (or more, maybe, if you are really good).
In 2012, the Freedom Socialist Party’s national platform championed “full employment” — not part-time — and an increase in the minimum wage “to $20 an hour” for all employees in all jobs.
If you are interested in applying for the $13-per-hour web content manager job, it won’t be easy. For starters, you’ll need to be “familiarity with HTML/CSS” and Photoshop. The latter is a graphics editor developed by Adobe Systems, an $18 billion private company. You’ll also need “ability to self-manage and problem-solve independently.” Proficiency in Spanish and social media as well as “an interest in ongoing political events” are desirable. And absolutely no telecommuting!
The Freedom Socialist Party’s 2012 political platform was nothing if not ambitious. Among much else, it demanded a 70 percent tax rate for “the top 1 percent;” “unilateral U.S. nuclear disarmament;” “free multi-lingual public education, including ethnic studies, through college and trade school;” free abortions; bank nationalization; and the cancellation of all free-trade treaties.
Despite this month’s job offer of a part-time, 20-hour-per-week, $13-per-hour job, the party also called for a 30-hour work week for everyone “with no cut in pay” and “a guaranteed annual income.”
The Seattle branch of the Freedom Socialist Party appears to be located in an apartment building directly across the street from a Bank of America branch.
The 2012 Freedom Socialist Party candidates for president and vice president were Stephen Durham and Christina López, according to the outfit’s website. The pair doesn’t seem to have fared very well. The Federal Election Commission does not list them as the recipients of any votes.
Comedian Roseanne Barr received 67,326 votes. “None of These Candidates” received 5,770 votes — in Nevada.
In case the Freedom Socialist Party yanks its ad, here’s a screenshot as it appeared on Indeed.com: