WHAT DOES SOCIALISM MEAN?
by Jack reeves
Advocacy for government programs to broadly benefit Americans, e.g., universal health care, Pell Grants, unemployment insurance, are branded by some as "socialism"--akin to communism, even associated with godless.
Socialism so used is a scare word indifferent to definition and fact.
Socialism is governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.
Through distorted denomination, Pell Grants and for the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes are made emblematic of such a society. Certainly not ours, though. Why?
Arguably, the word cloaks an underlying belief that societies consist of the deserving and the undeserving.
Socialism so declared means 'spreading the wealth'. In other words, giving the deservings' dollars to the undeserving.
Would that the self-designated deserving could speak their truth undisguised in their -ism.
But then the veil would be lifted on their racial, ethnic and economic beliefs. It seems class warfare.