'Socialism' Attack by Trump and Republicans, displays ignorance/fear---and failing capitalis


President Trump and the Republican Party's "Socialist" branding of Democrats, and liberal presidential candidates, implying a potential rise of communism, anarchism, or radical leftism, is the old "red scare" tactic previously used in 20th century America.

However, such fear-mongering is waning with the younger generations, as well as with older Americans, because of a failing capitalist system.

Americans under the age of 40 were born after1980, never experiencing the Cold War of the 1950's and 1960's, much less viewing the US Congressional Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and the repression of the anti-communist hysteria of the 1950's.

What all generations have seen under capitalism is a failed American war in Southeast Asia (Vietnam), and the perennial US wars of Iraq for16 years (based on false information), and Afghanistan (17 years); and now the US involvement and slow departure from Syria.

American millenials have also experienced, first-hand, the burdens of student debts for college, costly healthcare, high rental housing rates, dwindling wages and climatic and pollution threats to their health.

Younger minorities and low-income whites have also experienced periods of high unemployment, police harassment and violence, bias, immigration and refugee barriers and outright poverty and homelessness.

Socialism is becoming more attractive and acceptable to all Americans because of their frustration with the Democratic party’s failure to address income inequality, the corporate control of American politics and recognition of the deepening failures of capitalism.

Granted, liberal Democrats are urging more government entitlements, welfare benefits and a Nordic type of social protections; but they remain supportive of capitalism and, thus, do not offer a fundamental change of the economic system as does socialism.

Socialism is not state intervention or government ownership, under the guise of a Stalin-era or Mao-tse-tung centralized communist state. Rather, socialism should entail a more democratic control and participatory management of society by its citizens and workers themselves. This includes forming cooperatives and enabling employees and consumer experts to take ownership of what products and services to provide. This is done to improve the quality of life of a community, and to enable citizens and workers to set policy and procedures to achieve more participatory and communal goals.

Government management would not be as direct state intervention or in the form of government ownership, since it would be overseen and managed by consumer and select experts. Public management would be mostly in certain areas of universal healthcare, education and housing. Plus, socialism would also conduct a more public control of energy resources, state and federal elections and some government-run press and media. State-run banks and nationalizing the Federal Reserve would also be managed by boards or panels composed of consumers, tax experts and knowledgeable financial consultants.

Transitioning from capitalism to socialism in America would have to be done incrementally, over a period of 10-15 years, with the gradual phase out of private and investor ownerships, and the phasing in of employee control and public (community) ownership along with select areas of government management.

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