Skip to comments.Brown: Is Progressivism the new Communism?
Posted on 04/19/2012 12:00:17 PM PDT by DBeers
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Progressives are the OLD Communism, any difference are attributable to normal differences within communist ranks, i.e. communists do not always agree on every detail.
THE REASON communists do not run openly is simple: There are still laws on the Federal (and many states) books which prohibit communists, anarchists and the like from running for public office. A person whose mission is to bring down the government through revolution is simply not qualified to hold office, and years ago Americans understood this.
Don’t worry though - Progressives have almost enough of a following to change those laws now.
Well... before the undercover and clandestine progressive 'communist takeover' is all said and done I suspect a few patriots will join Allen West and maybe we will see some hearings on the issue.
ENEMIES FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC.
After reading this pamphlet, What is Democratic Socialism? - Democratic Socialists of America from the Democratic Socialists of America website I would say the answer to your question is a definite YES.
A few excerpts from the pamphlet:
What is Democratic Socialism?
Questions and Answers from the Democratic Socialists of America
Democratic socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically to meet public needs, not to make profits for a few. To achieve a more just society, many structures of our government and economy must be radically transformed through greater economic and social democracy so that ordinary Americans can participate in the many decisions that affect our lives.
Democracy and socialism go hand in hand. All over the world, wherever the idea of democracy has taken root, the vision of socialism has taken root as welleverywhere but in the United States. Because of this, many false ideas about socialism have developed in the US. With this pamphlet, we hope to answer some of your questions about socialism.
Aren't you a party that's in competition with the Democratic Party for votes and support?
No, we are not a separate party. Like our friends and allies in the feminist, labor, civil rights, religious, and community organizing movements, many of us have been active in the Democratic Party. We work with those movements to strengthen the partys left wing, represented by the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
The process and structure of American elections seriously hurts third party efforts. Winner-take-all elections instead of proportional representation, rigorous party qualification requirements that vary from state to state, a presidential instead of a parliamentary system, and the two-party monopoly on political power have doomed third party efforts. We hope that at some point in the future, in coalition with our allies, an alternative national party will be viable. For now, we will continue to support progressives who have a real chance at winning elections, which usually means left-wing Democrats.
"Aren't you a party that's in competition with the Democratic Party for votes and support?"
"No, we are not a separate party. Like our friends and allies in the feminist, labor, civil rights, religious, and community organizing movements, many of us have been active in the Democratic Party. We work with those movements to strengthen the partys left wing, represented by the Congressional Progressive Caucus."