Bernie is not the sheepdog you need to worry about.
By all means, speak your piece. But will someone please explain to me how in the hell everyone turned Bernie from social democrat into fucking Marx? Never once have I heard Bernie say that capitalism should not exist in the United States.
If Bernie happens to survive the collusion going on to tank his campaign, Trump and the GOP will "socialist" him to death from sun up to sun down. The clown car of establishment Democrats will also take more than a shot or two. His speech was simply his attempt to embrace and frame this dirty word into something Americans can relate to. For that, he gets mocked by the media and butchered by neolibs, libertarians, right-wingers, corporatists, and pompous lefties. He referenced MLK, FDR, and Marx trying to name a just few socialists that people can compare, contrast and relate to.
Oh there are many, and of course we must define what qualifies someone to be a ‘socialist’. For example, Bernie Sanders is largely considered a social democrat although many ‘true’ or ‘hardcore’ socialists will adamantly say he is not a true socialist because he doesn’t advocated for the means of production to be controlled democratically by the workers.
For argument’s sake we’ll only use people who advocated or had a philosophy of altering the current system of economy to that of a traditionally socialist one. For this reason also, it will include Marxists whom were types of socialists too (until the term socialist was later used to differentiate itself from authoritarian communism).
Without further ado, I shall take you through the fascinating (and sometimes violent) world of socialism.
- Albert Einstein
- Che Guevara
- Rosa Luxemburg
- Emma Goldman
- George Orwell
- Oscar Wilde
- Nelson Mandela
- V. I. Lenin
- Mao Zedong
- Malcolm X
- Martin Luther King Jr. - Yep, he was a democratic socialist. History tends to gloss over the fact that many human rights activists and movements were actually linked to socialism and even communism. I like to call it ‘capitalist whitewashing’…
- Leon Trotsky
- Bertrand Russell
- John Lennon
- Pete Seeger
The point being, pick your choose. I bet people can argue over this list for days. It doesn't change the fact that Bernie was absolutely right. The government provides billionaires and corporations with cash and safety nets no questions asked. Privatize the profits and socialize the losses to use that word again.
The day after Bernie's speech, Trump came out with a plan to subsidize farmers, aka big ag, to make up for losses from his tariffs. No one asked "how will you pay for it". No hue or cry anywhere.
Jamie Dimon took his government handout and a bonus for committing fraud that no one ever went to jail for. He didn't even have to pass a drug test to get it.
Roads, firemen, cops, school are paid for with our public dollars. That means we own them and their means of production/service: fire halls, police stations, cop cars, school buildings, and wages. Why do you think privatization so outrageous and pisses so many people off? Because capitalists are taking our assets for pennies on the dollar so they can then charge us to use what we own. Again, privatizing the profits and the losses.
I think it is highly probable that Bernie's ship, our ship, sailed in 2016; and he missed the boat by remaining in a system so vile and so corrupt that it can only be reformed by rising from the ashes. The party is manufacturing candidates faster than Bezos makes a billion hoping one of them will stick. At worst, they'll dilute the first round of voting enough for the superdelegates to step in and tell us kids where to sit.
Warren hid in 2016, and she is sabotaging 2020. She is the real sheepdog that so many here, me on occasion too, accuse Bernie of being. She talks like a progressive and votes like a Republican. She is Obama 2.0, 2020's Trojan Horse.
Here is the debate schedule. Since Warren is tied with Bernie for second place in CA, does it look like they set this up to protect her? Who at the kiddies table is going to lay a glove on her? Helping to assure people tune in for the warm up debate, they put it on night one.