Wednesday, March 31, 2010
In Defense of "Socialism"
The term "socialism" has long been thrown at liberals by their right-wing opponents, even when liberals act to reform and save capitalism. Barack Obama has been labelled a "socialist" and his "insurance reform" is being attacked as "socialized medicine," even though it is basically a Republican plan to mandate people buy private insurance and keeps the failing for-profit healthcare system in place.
Socialists must educate the public about what is and is NOT socialist. While liberals diligently reject the socialist label and side with conservatives to defend capitalism, we must assert that DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM is, in the words of Michael Harrington, the only "hope for human freedom and justice under the unprecedented conditions of life humanity faces in the twenty-first century."
Frances Moore Lappe, Why Are We Afraid of Saying "Socialism"
Billy Wharton, Obama's No Socialist
Actual Socialist Weighs in on "Socialist" Health Bill
Socialism? Not Quite, Say the Socialists