Bernie seems to stand on both sides of being a socialist. Sometimes he is, sometimes he is not.
A purity test for socialism?
Oh my God, what's next, the "No True Socialist" trope?
Socialism includes taxpayer funded services, yes?
But folks are now insisting that federal highways, public schools, libraries, municipal utilities, the Post Office, fire departments and police are not a form of quasi-socialist applications of goods and services.
Each and every one of the above has and does exist in privately owned form, even right here in the United States.
I don't even need to list the examples because almost everyone here (I think) has at least some exposure to privatized versions.
Been on a toll road lately?
And now Bernie is being accused of "not being a pure enough socialist?" Why?
FDR was a socialist and so was Ike Eisenhower, because he expanded many parts of FDR's plans. So was Kennedy, Johnson, even Nixon.
My God man, Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency!OMG TEH SOCIALISMZ!!!!
Brother John Birch is still scaring ordinary hardworking patriotic Americans almost 65 years later...over the definition of a word.
Socialism is SOCIAL and, yes Virginia, it takes many forms and is influenced by many different kinds of people. An authoritarian can use it for evil while a liberal can use it to ensure the general welfare of society.
We are witnessing firsthand what happens when a deranged authoritarian cult leader harnesses what he claims is conservatism.
Please let go of the paranoia and the purity tests, they simply aren't necessary and to be frank, we need to concern ourselves a lot more with whether or not Mr. Sanders will be able to put together a team of competent and capable people who will understand how he wants to apply his platform as a force for doing good and removing harm.
We will need it in the coming years more than ever, to heal the damage being done right now.