One of the functions History serves is to provide perspective. Since my cancer diagnosis I have found a new interest in History. In particular what I have come to realize is how much of what we perceive as of concern with Trump in office is really just the realization he is not so different from all the others. From at least the 60s to now, we’ve been sold a bill of goods, yet to be realized, again and again. Abortion rights, voting rights, environmental Justice, right to privacy, right to Healthcare, ERA, guns, no Wars. We keep rehashing the same old things. When is the Myth of America going to become reality?
Government support for private sector is not Socialism. We have little to fear when Gov partners with private sector to get things done the private sector could not do. These projects are NOT Socialism. They are, and have been for years, part of our History. Internet. Interstate. Space. Military. Water. Partnering is the only way these ideas come to fruition so we all benefit.
The real dark side is that we, taxpayers pay for the programs. But once done the private sector reaps the dollars. The Web was developed via R&D paid for by our tax dollars. We all benefit from this, but it’s the Amazon’s, Microsoft’s, Apples who become wealthy on the backs of taxpayers. Trucking is another case. The interstate was built for defense. But now trucking companies have use of this extensive road system maintained in part by our tax dollars.
This sort of partnership is Democratic Socialism. It works. Has worked and can work. It is NOT Socialist/Communist.
It should not be feared. What should be feared is when we are so scared of the word Socialism, we give in to that fear and add to the paralysis which has become prevalent.