Our previous post commented on the attempt to sanitize the term ‘socialism’ for the coming election year. But it would seem that if the term ‘socialism’ came out of exile in the last few years then the momentum of the idea is rising and one may as well reference it as socialist semantics for what it means, Continue reading ” Socialism: the audience is there, but what does it mean?”
Trying to pass off ‘socialism’ as social democracy may not work either: nothing is said here about the expropriation of private property/capital. It might in the end work better to be hones about the question, and not conceal the reality. The term has already resurfaced against the odds: we may as well declare the real meaning of the term and point out that social democracy/the New Deal were not socialist but that the real thing is starting to come to the fore
Plus, the red forty-eight group could take over capitalist orgs like jacobin…
Medicare for All doesn’t just provide everyone with the care they need, free of charge. It’s also a potent anti-poverty program, reducing poverty by over 20 percent and increasing poor people’s incomes by 29 percent.
In private meetings, Trump has worried that socialism won’t be so easy to beat in 2020. His political intuition was right in 2016, and it’s right again now.
This note was motivated by an interesting discussion on Doug Henwood’sFacebook page regarding Karl Kautsky’s political legacy. A prior version of the post ended in item 15. The remainder was updated on 3/11/2019.