Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
— Wisnton Churchill
Just in case you didn’t know this about him already, Democrat candidate for President Bernie Sanders wants to make something perfectly clear; he is in no way a capitalist, instead he is a committed Democratic Socialist. On Sunday Sanders sat down with NBC’s Meet the Press host Chuck Todd for a candid conversation on Sanders’ plans for the American economy. Sanders argued that he believed nations like Denmark and Sweden should be the model for America’s political future, though Sanders also complained that he did not like being called a “European socialist.”
“I think that countries like Denmark and Sweden, where healthcare is a right and virtually free to all people, where public college education is free, where childcare is excellent and stronger, where workers in the middle class make higher wages where they’re stronger in terms of reducing income and wealth inequality” can be used for “guidance.”
(A quick side note: Sanders is wrong about the economic policies of Northern Europe. Check out these articles which explain why.
- The Myths of Scandinavian Socialism
- Sorry, liberals, Scandinavian countries aren’t utopias
- The Scandinavian Socialism Argument Debunked
- Dark Lands: the grim truth behind the ‘Scandinavian miracle’
- Debunking the Myth of Socialist “Success” in Scandinavia
Each of these articles offers sound arguments explaining just how wrong Sanders and other liberals are about socialism in Scandinavia. Now back to Bernie…)
As Todd pushes on Sanders to explain his thoughts on economics, Sanders becomes incredibly direct and clear about his personal economic beliefs. (Something that we should appreciate from a liberal politician – Sanders isn’t the liar that Clinton and Biden are.) Sanders tells Todd, point blank, that he is not a capitalist.
Starting about 21:20 into the video.
Chuck Todd: I hear you. And then the other day I noticed you said, “You know what? Don’t use the word ‘Socialist.’ I’m going to say I’m a progressive.” Are you pushing back on that idea? Or are you embrace “I’m a European Socialist.”
Bernie Sanders: No, no not at all. Look. When one of your Republican colleagues gets on the show, do you say, “Are you a capitalist?” Have you ever referred to them as capitalists?
Chuck Todd: Yeah. Are you a capitalist?
Bernie Sanders: No. I’m a Democratic Socialist. But what I mean is I’ve been elected as an Independent throughout my political career. I am running now in the Democratic nomination process and will support– I hope to win, I expect to win, but–
Chuck Todd: But you’ll support the Democratic nominee?
Bernie Sanders: I will. But if you’re asking me philosophically do I think that countries like Denmark and Sweden, where healthcare is a right and virtually free to all people, where public college education is free, where childcare is excellent and stronger, where workers in the middle class make higher wages where they’re stronger in terms of reducing income and wealth inequality– can we look to those countries for some guidance? Understanding they’re much smaller, more homogeneous and different than us. Yes, I do think we can.
How any American with even the tiniest bit of knowledge about the last 100 years of history could support a socialist politician as a presidential candidate is simply beyond me. The 2016 campaign for the White House continues to be the most convoluted, disturbing and distressing campaign in recent years. If you thought Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were too liberal in 2008… you ain’t seen nothing yet. Bernie Sanders, a FULL BLOWN and admitted socialist would be an acceptable choice as President for at least 40% of Americans.
That is a sad commentary on the state of our nation.
The goal of socialism is communism.
— Vladimir Lenin
Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.
— Alexis de Tocqueville
Socialism states that you owe me something simply because I exist. Capitalism, by contrast, results in a sort of reality-forced altruism: I may not want to help you, I may dislike you, but if I don’t give you a product or service you want, I will starve. Voluntary exchange is more moral than forced redistribution.
— Ben Shapiro
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