opinion Matthew D. Mitchell Published 9:58 PM EST Jan 9, 2019 Last week Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, and Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan, took their seats in the U.S. Congress. Both are members of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). They are not the first members of the DSA to hold elective office in the United States. Nor should they be confused with the-state-should-own-the-means-of-production-type of socialist that occasionally holds office in other countries. These are Democrats whose positions put them on the left wing of the left party. They want more government spending, higher taxes, and more regulations, but they don’t want to abolish private property. Still, it is remarkable that “socialism” continues to have cachet some 27 years after Berliners—presumably well acquainted with its miserable results — danced atop a crumbling wall. Indeed, last summer Gallup found that for the first time in its measurement, more Democrats have a positive view of socialism than of capitalism. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has earned plaudits among some Republicans for his use of state power — taxpayer-funded subsidies and threats to impose selective taxation — to pressure private companies like General Motors, Carrier, and Harley Davidson to do his bidding. Even as the left flirts with socialism… Read full this story
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