Lenin would be smiling at Bernie Sanders’ attempt to draw a difference between Socialism and Democratic Socialism during the first Democratic Debate for President. For that matter even Stalin knew the benefit of putting a happy face on Socialism in order to draw more Useful Idiots to the cause.
But Bernie should be reminded that Vladimir Illych would have had Felix make Mr. Sanders quietly disappear had he made the same argument in private where it could be interpreted he actually meant it.
There is no difference between Socialism and Democratic Socialism.
For that matter… contrary to a number of articles I’ve had to suffer through as of late, written by the poorly educated and/or the simply useful, there are only minor differences between Socialism and Fascism. Yes Virginia, Nazi’s (National Democratic Socialists Party) are indeed the siblings of Democratic Socialists.
(And Yes you Liberal Leftist Progressive Fools… I know Stalin was not specifically funneling Jews into ovens. Instead, he busied himself burying three times the number of EVERYONE on the Steppes, just to make it ‘fair’. History is fun… if it were not so sad.)
Socialism is a Poison, whatever the flavor.
It’s a Poison that kills quickly or slowing depending on how much of it you take. The Elitist A-holes that subscribe to it suckle at the teat of Western Capitalism, without which their countries would return to their Aristocratic and Monarchist roots. Without Capitalism, Socialism disappears, and the Blood of Kings would truly return. And Bernie, you wouldn’t be one of them… no matter how you like to dress up.
Even without the luxury of Holy Bloodlines, Socialism has killed over half a billion of its adherents… so far.
Speaking of Outdated Monarchies…
Bernie, regardless of what they do for their workers… your shining examples of Denmark, Norway and Sweden would never be able to survive as ‘Socialist’ countries if it were not for three very important things.
1. They live under the umbrella of NATO and do not have to field a military strong enough to defend themselves.
2. They have vast amounts of precious minerals which enjoy Global high demand.
3. Nobody wants to live there.
Capitalism provides them two of the above three. Geographic ‘luck’ provides them with the third.
So No Bernie, we do not want to do what those countries do for their workers, because we cannot do what those countries do for their workers.
We’re too busy equipping, training and maintaining an Army to protect them, and too busy buying their rocks, to do so.
And Fozzy… people want to live Here.
So take your Happy Faced Socialism somewhere else.
We’re all Educated here.