Right wing demagogues are now screaming "socialism" -- attempting to discredit democratic thrusts simply by trying to attach that label. Guess what?
Governmental programs designed to benefit all of the people are called for by socialism. Many programs that we depend on fit in that category -- our highway system, the post office, medicare, social security, the Federal Deposit Insure Commission, and many, many more. But, the concept of democracy -- government of, by, and FOR the people also calls for such programs.
Don't be fooled. Those demagogues were simply using an intellectual shell game to try to bamboozle the public. They are deliberately switching the idea of governmental function with economic ideology. They trying to say that our democracy can work only in a totally unregulated free enterprise system. That is a total lie.
That fact is that ALL democratic nations have mixed economies -- economies with a mixture of free enterprise and government run programs what contribute of our economy and to the well-being of all of the people.
I urge you to do everything you can to make sure that people understand these facts.
Also, America is not a capitalist country. We are a corporate consumer economy based on oil drugs, and over indulgence . We have so many ways to keep corporations in control of everything that a person cannot create their own business. It's practically against the law .
You might be a socialist if . Anything . FDR created the middle class out of nothing with social programs that lifted people out of poverty. Programs designed to benefit the people . Soon ,we had a civil Rights movement as more Americans demanded they be let in on the American dream. Civil rights are guaranteed under the Constitution by the rule of law. We have to protect that .
We are a socialist country.