Wrong On ‘Socialism’


Regarding The Jewish Week’s ongoing coverage of the tension between the moderate and progressive wings of the Democratic Party:

With all due respect to my fellow Americans, most of us simply don’t know that a “liberal/progressive” is not the same thing as a “socialist.”

A true socialist is someone who wants all of the businesses and workplaces to be owned and controlled by the state, government or workers and not by individuals and groups of people who run them for profit as we have here in the U.S.

The overwhelming majority of Democrats want our federal government to spend more on social programs to help the lower and middle classes as they struggle to survive and pay their bills. They are not socialists. They are liberals/progressives who want our market-based capitalist economy to become more humane. Most Democrats want our federal government to be more like those of almost every one of our traditional allies, which spend more than we do, in proportion to their population, on helping the lower and middle classes. None of our allies are socialist, and they know it.

To put this simply, President Trump and the conservative news media who are calling Democrats “socialists” are either lying to the people, or are poorly-informed and just plain wrong.