Closing Thought–18Jan17

Ever since I have been writing there has been this deathly fear of the “s” word……to the point of obfuscation.

Now word has come out that should get all the old farts losing what little sleep they get……

On Wednesday, November 9, at 9:47 am, BuzzFeed News sent out a push notification: “Trump is leading a global nationalist wave. The liberal world order is nearly over and the age of populism is here.” This, from a publication better known for listicles than sweeping political pronouncements. If even BuzzFeed felt it necessary to ring the death knell for the “liberal world order,” then liberalism must be really, really dead.

But what, besides global nationalism, can replace it? The answer is clear if we look at the 2016 election from its inception. The race we should be remembering is not just Clinton versus Trump, but Sanders versus Clinton. For nearly a year, millions of Americans supported an avowed socialist, and many of those people were young—like me.

Source: Why Millennials Aren’t Afraid of Socialism | The Nation

Will this make a difference in upcoming elections?

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9 thoughts on “Closing Thought–18Jan17

  1. The wrong direction or decision will certainly piss people off and government will have no choice (if they want re-election) to do what is being asked. Socialism, liberalism, conservatism, fascism, etc., etc.; a good government has a healthy mix of everything because none of them are perfect by themselves. I see some European and Asian countries doing this much better than America has in the last 30 years.

  2. The middle class are accustomed to comfortable living. The poor a minority, therefore sufficient support for socialism never materialized. The majority of Americans support liberal, democratic, individualistic, and egalitarian values. Future generations faced with economic inequality may look more favorably on Socialism but that day has not come.

  3. If Sanders had actually been a ‘real’ Socialist, it is unlikely he would have enjoyed the level of support he did. At best, his policies were what would be called ‘Liberal Democrat’, or ‘Centrist’ in Europe.
    Describing him as a ‘Socialist’ must have hastened his end at the time though.
    Regards, Pete.

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