There’s no getting around it – you are a Socialist. The degree of our private Socialism will vary from person to person but there are very few among us that do not accept and agree with aspects of Socialism, and it has been this way since the New Deal rescued our country from the depth of despair that pure Capitalism led us to and which is known as the Great Depression.
If you believe in and/or accept any of the programs of Socialism does that not make you a Socialist? I don’t believe you have to be pure – a 100% believer of Socialist programs to be amongst the brethren. The brethren, after all, are all people trying hard to exist in the best possible way, even those overcome by despair and unable to function in the best possible way. We help each other and donate goods, services and cash to help each other. We go to church where the tenets of Buddhism or Hinduism or Mohammed or Jesus Christ are laid out and there’s so much about sharing and caring for our brethren. Sorry, this ain’t Capitalism. Throw some money in a pot that a fake Santa is administering to help the poor and infirm and yet you can’t admit you’re a Socialist?
Medicare is a Socialist program. So is Social Security. We are protected by an army that is structured through the model of a socialist organization. Emergency Rooms certainly admit patients on the tenets of Socialism. Every time you drive on a highway, public street or freeway and don’t have to put a coin in a box to drive further you are using a Socialist transportation system. Sure, we build our roads through taxes but taxes are uneven as is our use of the roads. That’s socialism, my’boy.
The Europeans get this and don’t freak out about labels. Bernie Sanders is no further left than most conservatives in England. Get over it and yourself. You are a socialist. We are all socialists. We are so concerned by labels as if that really tells us something.
If love for humanity had to have a human economic label it is Socialism.
Full Definition of socialism
1. 1 : any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
2. 2a : a system of society or group living in which there is no private propertyb : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/socialism
Sure, there are things that don’t work in Socialism – perhaps inventiveness, perhaps entrepreneurship. That’s why we have a blend of Socialism and Capitalism. But you can’t accept one and deny the other. You are a Capitalist. You are a Socialist. You are human.