The Socialist Specter in Present-Day US Politics, by Victor Wallis
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This excellent essay, IMO, is from Counterpunch:
The US political scene is haunted by talk of socialism. The basis for this has been developing now for some years, especially since the financial meltdown of 2008, which many came to see as decisive proof that a capitalist economy does not serve the majority.
But how does this new mass perception express itself? On the one hand, there is wide recognition of the grotesque level of inequality, as expressed in the slogan – made popular by the 2011 Occupy movement – of “the 1% vs. the 99%.” But on the other hand, people are bombarded with conflicting definitions of socialism, and uncertainty is rife.
The dominant tendency in US political rhetoric is to view socialism not as the dissolution of capitalist class-relations, but rather as an expansion of the scope of government. A favorite strategy of those – like Bernie Sanders – whose proposals are attacked as being socialist is to respond by denouncing billionaires as benefiting, via government subsidies, from so-called “corporate socialism” or “socialism for the rich.”
Socialism is thus equated with government subsidies rather than with an alternative vision of society. While the privately owned banks and corporations are attacked for their hypocrisy and their special advantages, there is no assertion that such icons of capitalist power should cease to exist.
It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs
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March 18, 2020 at 6:39 PM #288921SorechasmParticipant
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around his definition of Democratic Socialism except for his referrals to Scandinavian governments that benefit from general cultural uniformity. We pride ourselves on diversity, as does Bernie’s campaign. Among Bernie’s achievements was to have gathered such a wide swath of cultures into a powerful movement, unlike any government in Scandanavia. Each of these cultures have suffered from different forms of abuse from the 1%. Each has been patient, so far.
Eventually the voter suppression and election fraud by the DNC will become well-known. The diversity of cultures that constitute Bernie’s supporters will have realized they have been robbed once again. Hopefully before Trump is elected to a second term, otherwise the resulting public outcry could result in violence as the author has suggested.
Long-held assumptions about public priorities must be overturned. Moves in this direction have already occurred, as shown in a new openness on the part of young people toward socialist ideas. But the process must extend itself far and wide and deep. An electoral campaign can be part of it. But whatever the outcome of any particular campaign, the old habits and assumptions – backed by state and vigilante violence – will remain a permanent threat.
I don’t understand why Bernie keeps bragging about friendship to a liar who obviously cannot be trusted. Whatever his bond to Biden may be, it will be perceived as a betrayal because Biden has NO intention of carrying out ANY of Bernie Sander’s agenda.
“Go and tell Alexander that God the Supreme King is never the Author of insolent wrong, but is the Creator of light, of peace, of life, of water, of the body of man and of souls;...what Alexander offers and the gifts he promises are things to me utterly useless;..." Dandamis, a great sannyasi of Taxila.Excerpt From: Yogananda, Paramahansa. “Autobiography of a Yogi.”
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