Since when did socialism become fashionable?
It seems like only a few years ago being called a socialist was an insult. Today, however, former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders—a self-avowed socialist—has a frightening number of supporters.
What is going on? Truth is, many don’t seem to know what socialism is, and how it’s different from other styles of government. The definition of socialism is government ownership of the means of production—in other words, true socialism requires that government run the businesses.
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So, do these supporters who seem so distrusting of government REALLY want a BIGGER GOVERNMENT in control of more facets of their life?
So what do Bernie supporters think socialism is?
Seems most who viewed socialism favorably were more likely to think of it as a more generous social safety net where ‘the government pays for our needs’ … a benevolent caretaker.
However, most do not like the true definition of socialism—the idea of government running businesses. If socialism is framed as government running Uber, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Apple, etc., it does not go over so well!
Seems when socialism is defined as a government managed economy, which it is, the love doesn’t last.
It’s easy to contrast the difference in convenience, quality, and speed between calling a customer service line at Visa to report a card stolen or fraudulent activity versus calling the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles to request a new license card or to report a stolen identity. Government is slow, rigid, and outdated, while businesses have to compete with each other and only make money if they serve the needs and desires of their customers, so businesses have to be more innovative, quick, and flexible. If not, they fail. Government does not face those same constraints.
Okay, so just why don’t socialism supporters know what socialism is?
First, Democratic leaders don’t seem to have any idea themselves. Despite saying she’s not a socialist, Hillary Clinton found herself unable to explain how Democrats and socialists are different in a this MSNBC interview:
It’s not just Hillary. Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz also couldn’t explain the difference between a Democrat and a socialist.
The concept of socialism stems from the idea that everyone, regardless of his or her achievements and efforts, should be rewarded equally or at least rewarded according to his or her needs—“From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” as Karl Marx popularized.
This is similar to the debate over kids’ participation trophies. Should all kids get a trophy regardless of what they do? Or should only kids who earn the trophies receive them?
The fact that millennials disproportionately think that all kids deserve a trophy regardless of achievement probably at least partly explains their disproportionate support for Sanders. While millennials could forever be a “everybody gets a trophy” generation, as young people take on more responsibilities—buy a house, get married, have kids, get a promotion, start paying noticeable taxes, and work long hours—they may start to think their hard work and sacrifices should be rewarded more. If, however, they choose to become the ones living on government created ‘jobs’ and other handouts, good luck!
Time will tell. But in the meantime, educate the masses. Like and Share this with the socialist in YOUR life.
Source: The Federalist
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