Monday, September 21, 2015

The End Of The End of Socialism

"“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.


  1. Huckabee is a true huckster. A true religious conservative Republican huckster. He no more cares about Americans than the man in the moon. He does not even care about Republicans, about conservatives, about the religious. Huckabee only cares about Huckabee and he found his second cash cow, religious, conservative, Republican politics.

    His first cash cow, religion, was not lucrative enough for him. Walllaaaa, he bumps into politics. God does truly provide for "ole Huck".

    The sorry thing about this is he will make millions after the primary election. For Huckabee religion and politics are only about enriching himself. Christian conservative Republicans will make him rich, they just love the rhetoric and will gladly pay for it.

    Reminds me of an old New Mexican saying "El que por su gusto muere, hasta la muerte le sabe". Loosely translated it means that for those who wish to die even death is sweet. It fits Huckster Huckabee's followers to a "t".

    1. Thanks for the comment NM.

      "....will gladly pay for it." That's good - it cuts through many, many layers of bs.

      As good as El que por su gusto muere, hasta la muerte le sabe. Thanks for that NM.