I still cannot agree with Bernie Sanders defining himself as "socialist" or "democratic socialist". Both definitions a/ not accurate (after all, Socialism, by definition, is government MONOPOLY, which Bernie opposes) and b/ tainted by negative connotations (too many dictators fancied themselves as "socialists”).

When I'm explaining Bernie's platform to my Republican and Conservative friends (and even to one Monarchist among them) , I use the description which certainly catches their attention and opens their minds:

“Social Democracy as a political system and Free Market as an economic system".

I.e. the leaders of the country are to be elected by the democratic voting;

and the country's economy is to be free of monopoly and free of preferential treatment of corporations, so every business plays by the same rules. I.e. no "too big to fail" and no "too big to compete with".

( I'd say that the whole idea of "incorporating" / relieving business owners of liability for their actions should be outlawed , but I yet to see if any candidate comes with this point in his/her platform .

So far even those who are not after corporate money are not likely to think about it, though for different reasons. (Mr. Trump is exploiting corporate laws himself, after all)

Anyway, the platform offered by Senator Sanders is designed to create the truly free market economy, friendly for small businesses and start-ups, with banks broken into small ones and barred from speculation - so funding businesses will be, again, their main source of profit. Which will encourage creation of new businesses - be it private ones (for conservative -minded people) or co-ops (for democratically - minded folks).

Which, combined with social reforms of Bernie's platform, can only be accurately described as "FREE-MARKET Socialism".


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Garrett78 4 years 13 weeks ago

I'm not sure where you got your definition of "socialism," but here is what Wikipedia's page says:

[quote]Socialism is a social and economic system characterised by social ownership of the means of production and co-operative management of the economy,[1][2] as well as a political theory and movement that aims at the establishment of such a system.[3][4] "Social ownership" may refer to cooperative enterprises, common ownership, state ownership (achieved by nationalization), citizen ownership of equity, or any combination of these.[5] There are many varieties of socialism and there is no single definition encapsulating all of them.[6] They differ in the type of social ownership they advocate, the degree to which they rely on markets or planning, how management is to be organised within productive institutions, and the role of the state in constructing socialism.[7][quote]

'There is no such thing as an objectively defined free market'

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Roland de Brabant 4 years 13 weeks ago

You need new friends, Ann.


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Kilosqrd 4 years 12 weeks ago

Ann, perhaps you should read the Democratic Socialist's website, to which Sanders is a member. Yes, there is one.

You will clearly see that (according to the democratic socialist) the worst word in the English language is "profit". Sanders cannot run away from that.


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