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John Nichols is a writer for the Nation, and he also contributes to the Progressive and In These Times. He is the author of The Genius of Impeachment (The New Press), a critically acclaimed analysis of the Florida recount fight of 2000, Jews for Buchanan (The New Press), and a best-selling biography of Vice President Dick Cheney, Dick: The Man Who is President (The New Press).This article is a chapter in his new book The "S" Word: A Short History of an American Tradition...Socialism, published by Verso Books this year.