Here is author A.R. Moxon on the unpopularity of “Socialism,” which I have copied and assembled from a Twitter thread and posted here because it actually is a great way to consider public policy and political discourse in today’s media environment:
Maybe what’s finally growing unpopular are the longstanding lies that (1) there exists for our nation no shared life that must be managed; and (2) that government—which is simply the way we choose to manage that shared life—should be seen as our enemy, rather than as just … us.
Maybe more and more Americans are starting to realize that the people whose ideology involves telling us that government is something that is naturally automatically corrupt and failed and ineffective have clear bright incentives to deliberately create a corrupt failed government
Maybe if we start to understand that we have a shared life and government is the way we organize it we’ll start to engage with it to make it better.
And view with suspicion those who talk about drowning it in a bathtub.
There are no Democratic candidates who will not get called “socialist” throughout the general election—including Warren or Sanders, moderate left social democrats in any other political milieu—and none for whom that narrative will not be uncritically repeated 1 million times.
“Socialism” is broadly unpopular for the same reason “liberalism” is; a conservative political/media complex spent five decades attacking them.
Meanwhile socialist policy proposals are broadly popular, and the socialist institutions we have are successful, beloved, and entrenched.
Maybe let’s stop worrying what people will call our politics, given they want to dismantle our shared lives together, by corrupting its organization, and by selling it off to the highest bidders.
Let’s just stand for good things and let the labelers worry about the labels.
Aggressively and purposefully pursuing the reality you want to see in the world has been far more politically successful than worrying about what other people will think or say about it. That’s an observable fact; it’s very strange to me how many people behave otherwise.
And I’d really like to see people who want to see a more just fair and livable world pursue what they want with the same lack of concern to how they’ll be perceived as do those who aggressively pursue the far less merciful, far more draconian, far greedier world they want to see.