"“I’m delighted to be on this stage with some remarkable fellow Republicans,” announced former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee at the opening of the main debate. “None of us are a self-professed socialist.”
So said the candidate who is polling at 1 percent in New Hampshire about the candidate who is polling at 43 percent."
Writes John Nichols of The Nation. The ability of conservatives to use "socialism" and related terms as epithets is taking another big hit with the candidacy of Bernie Sanders, a Democratic Socialist of the European variety -- basically what a liberal Democrat is here --a term that never meant anything bad in Europe.
Polling showing that younger Americans have just as favorable a view of Socialism as they do of Capitalism is of course related to the fact that those of us who grew up being indoctrinated by Cold War propaganda are well on our way to becoming a minority.
That propaganda, despite its anti USSR content, was meant not to discredit the Soviet Union, which US policy makers knew not to be a threat to the US, but Socialism, which beginning in the late 19th and early 20th century had become a legitimate electoral force in the US, until it was all but co-opted by Roosevelt and the New Deal.
But the candidacy of Bernie Sanders, which is essentially a reaction to the failure of 40 years of savage Neoliberal Reaganomics Capitalism to improve the lives of the vast majority of Americans, is also an indication that people of all ages are giving Socialism another look.