Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Socialist Worker: What Do Socialist Mean By Socialism

The following was originally published on the Socialist Worker Website

A SPECTER is haunting Newt Gingrich — the specter of socialism.

Gingrich was Trumpy before Trump when he was the Republican Speaker of the House in the late 1990s, and he’s never met a tax break for the rich he didn’t love.

With a new Gallup poll showing that 57 percent of Democrats view socialism favorably, against only 47 percent who put capitalism in the plus column, Gingrich was driven a little (more) bonkers by the shock of it.

He took to Fox News to warn that dangerous lefties like Jacobin writer Meagan Day are not only intent on ending capitalism, but plan to send Bernie himself to the guillotine. “Sanders and Democrats rushing to embrace Democratic Socialism should be a little more careful about the demons they are unleashing to win elections,” Gingrich fumed.

But Democratic Party leaders don’t need a washed-up salamander to sound the alarm.

After Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) candidates Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib won primaries in New York and Michigan, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spat out “No!” when asked if socialism was ascendant in the party.

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