Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/06/28/many-young-people-socialism-american-apple-pie
If not for the, “It’s all about the Benjamins” Democratic Establishment, the “Democratic Socialist” movement that Bernie instilled in our young and old alike, could quite possibly save this foundering republic of ours.
“Bernie Sanders was not primarily interested in becoming president. Bernie Sanders wanted to become president because he thought that it would be a useful component of having what he calls a political revolution.”
Service humbled by a cause is exactly what makes Bernie a true Progressive American hero!
To debate the American socialist tradition on reformism or revolution and neglect to mention the relationship between Debs’ Socialist Party of America and De Leon’s Socialist Labor Party is an unfortunate omission. And shouldn’t the Industrial Workers of the World rate a mention, even in the passing.
But to bring that debate up to date this article by the World Socialist Party of the United States is well worth reading.
Many thanks to Robert Scheer for keeping the change and info going - enlarging the understanding among youth and awakening others, that Socialism is not a dirty word, it is central to political thought and the Common Good our nation was founded on - at least in word., Socialism is essential to the drastic changes and reforms that are critical to our people, national and planetary survival. The usury and exploitation of Vulture Capitalism and its greed are destroying sustainability and stealing the future.
The commons and the Common Good are “socialist” thoughts essential to a sustainable future very well expressed by John Adams in 1776. Words of a leader from different time, but words that resonate today, and meaning we we must secure for our time!:
"Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it."
We should eliminate collective social programs that America now has, including social security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, food stamps, public schools, public roads, public defenders, public parks, fire departments, water supply, the military, Fed support for the stock market, emergency health care, medical research, public grid systems, policing, the Courts, regulation of drugs, EPA, FDA, the prison system, farm support, the Post Office, and on and on.
Communism is socialist; communism is bad; therefore socialism is bad: irrefutable logic.
We should end all of these programs, privatize everything and let the unregulated free market (with a top tax cut) provide the solutions. It would be good for the stock market, and that’s what’s important, far more important for me than my income, expenses and personal prospects, because I have several thousand invested.
I support Donald Trump and corporate Democrats – if the top wins, it will trickle down, not so if the bottom 80% wins.
I sincerely hope that the one post is snark, otherwise that’s right out of the Koch et al playbook. A severely delusional person, James McGill Buchanan, back in the 50’s, upset all of his life that the Old South lost the Civil War, hooked up with the Byrd dynasty of the Virginia Dominion. Their economic beliefs were truly dreadful, returning to the original definition of who was allowed to vote-white males who owned property. And believing everyone else was a taker, a drain on the system.
As a dyed in the wool Debs socialist, I find it appalling. And a symptom of the lack of empathy and compassion, not to mention honesty, that unregulated global capitalism has generated.
So…I’m ready, willing, and able to teach the young, as Elders do in other cultures, passing on the torch lighting a different way of life.
Just want to say to Bob Scheer, I miss Truthdig and really hope you guys can wrest control from she who will remain nameless.
Young people!!! Learn what “Corporate Socialism” is.
Open your eyes to what the elders are telling you!
“Robert Scheer is editor of Truthdig. com and a regular columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle.”
No, sadly Truthdig got wrecked. CD needs to update Scheer’s author blurb.
i see that CD has updated Chris Hedges’ author blurb:
“Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years for The New York Times, where he served as the Middle East Bureau Chief and Balkan Bureau Chief for the paper. He previously worked overseas for The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor, and NPR. He wrote a weekly column for the progressive website Truthdig for 14 years until he was fired along with all of the editorial staff in March 2020. [Hedges and the staff had gone on strike earlier in the month to protest the publisher’s attempt to fire the Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer, demand an end to a series of unfair labor practices and the right to form a union.] He is the host of the Emmy Award-nominated RT America show On Contact. He is the author of twelve books, including War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, Death of the Liberal Class, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, which he co-wrote with Joe Sacco, and his latest America The Farewell Tour. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University and The University of Toronto. He currently teaches in the B.A. program run by Rutgers University in the New Jersey prison system.”
Nobel Prize-winning economist James Buchanan is at the center of Nancy MacLean’s book Democracy in Chains, which shows the linkage of Buchanan’s views on “public choice” (a dog whistle for don’t tax the rich) and their influence on those like the Koch Brothers, who in turn have bankrolled the right-wing reaction we’ve been living under.
That book gave me nightmares for days(nights?) afterwards, and when I happen to read or hear something that refers to that ideology, I get the shakes. Bad dudes. Bad mojo.
Why would anyone admit to being a Capitalist - ?
Capitalist exploitation of all Nature, animal-life, natural resources – and even of other
human beings according to various myths of “inferiority” was about creating great
wealth among the few –
and in return we now have Global Warming due to that exploitation.
Capitalism is suicidal – and it is taking all of us with it –
It is a system invented by “Christianity” when Feudalism was no longer sufficient to
run the Papal States. It is a system intended to move the wealth and natural resources
of other nations from the many to the few –
and it has done that successfully for the few hundred years of its existence here
nation by nation.