(ed:..to me the most current potent symbol of the return of socialism is what is happening in the british general election..
where a leader/party were scoffed at by all the media as being ‘socialist’…has come out with a manifesto that is decidedly democratic-socialist in nature..
and this ‘radical’ manifesto is what has ignited the british election campaign..with the ‘impossible’ happening..
corbyn has pulled back the seemingly insurmountable lead enjoyed by the tories – and is now within striking distance of a victory..
and for me the most telling fact of recent times was a rightwing british tabloid (the ‘daily’-something or other) – they ran a readers poll on this radical-labour manifesto – in the full expectation their readers would join in on the scoffing at it..
but that poll had their conservative/rightwing readers polling 80% in favour of the re-nationalising/raising minimum-wage etc policies put forward by corbyn/labour…
every one/the whole world is watching the trump meltdown/trainwreck (as they should/he deserves it) but for me the political drama du jour is how this old-school labour/democratic-socialist election manifesto from corbyn-led labour has so caught in the public imagination..as so eaten away the huge lead the tories had..
and/but back here – i am concerned that the new zealand labour party is going to miss this bus..
i fear their manifesto will be yet another example of their recent ‘vote for us! – we’re not quite as bad as them!’ (pointing at the tories)..
a manifesto that will not come within a bulls-roar of the democratic-socialism promised by corbyn/british labour…
promising to address poverty/inequality in real/meaningful ways..
something i get no hint of from the new zealand labour party..
and i fear that they lack both the courage and the nous to come up with policiies that will stir the public-imagination..and will remain mired in a repeat what they ‘have always done’ in recent decades..and this will lead to a 4th term tory government..(‘cos labour really aren’t offering much/enough different to the tories..so why bother..?)
and i guess labour are still wondering why they are moribund in both the polls/public-imagination..?
it’s the policies – or lack of them – stupid..!..)
Decades after socialism became a death zone in American politics – its surprise comeback has conservatives scared.
Of course this ‘dangerous ideology’ does not advocate anything resembling the totalitarian doctrines of 20th century communism.
If anything democratic socialism — an anti-authoritarian philosophy that promotes political and economic democracy — is the antithesis of Soviet-style communism – a left-wing authoritarianism that replaced one ruling elite (the capitalist or landowning class) with another (Communist Party bureaucrats).
Nevertheless while Nammo’s theory of why socialism is on the rise may be way off the mark – there is no doubt that socialism is on the rise in America — and that staunch conservatives like him have every right to be concerned.
In a Huffington Post article last week for example Eliot Nelson reported that socialism has become increasingly popular — especially among millennials — since the Sanders campaign last year.