Bernie Sanders is not a socialist. Why was his campaign calling him one? Were they allergic to marketing?
Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines socialism as a society in which there is no private property — the government owns the means of production and distribution of goods. That was not even close to his platform.
Mark Thoma of The Fiscal Times terms Sanders a social democrat, a capitalist who believes in social insurance. Thoma explains the part about capitalism that rocks, and the part that doesn’t, “…production under capitalism is subject to booms and busts” — hence the need for social insurance such as unemployment insurance and social security.
Media snubbing cost votes
Having witnessed so much integrity, compassion, and pragmatism rolled into this once-in-a-lifetime candidate, it hurts a lot that he did not have a fair chance to become our president.
I don’t have the stomach to go into his own party’s machinations that kept him from the nomination for president, but this column in Democracy Now, How the Media Iced Out Bernie Sanders cites the Tyndall Report, which analyzed 1,000 minutes of national candidate coverage during primary season.
Donald Trump received 322 minutes of coverage to Bernie Sanders’ 22 minutes. That’s 1,500 percent more coverage! Estimates of Trump’s free airtime range from $1 billion to $3 billion dollars.
Out of sight is out of mind and out of vote. As much as I hate to admit it, Donald Trump can be entertaining, has natural comedic timing, and was able to appeal to citizens who felt despair at the “sharing economy,” which has some sharing their cars, living spaces, jackets, and outhouses.