Skip to comments.Defining 'Social Democracy'
Posted on 03/23/2002 2:14:06 AM PST by rambo316
Americans tend to react emotionally to words such as Nazi, communist and socialist, with very little understanding of what distinguishes one from the other. The term "social democracy," stirs little emotion, because it too, is not well understood.
Democratic socialism is a kinder, gentler form of Marxism, which arose throughout Europe after World War II. The Scandinavian countries Britain, France, The Netherlands all proudly wear the "Democratic Socialist" label. The United States wears no such label but, increasingly, it should.
The credo of all forms of Marxism is: "from each according to his ability; to each according to his need" with the government being the supreme arbiter and enforcer of the redistribution. What distinguishes the various brands of Marxism is the means by which this basic goal is achieved.
From the start, the system of self-governance devised in America rejected the notion that the government is the supreme anything. Just the opposite. The U.S. Constitution defines the government to be the creation of the people, empowered by the people's consent, and severely limited in the powers it may exercise over its citizens.
For nearly 200 years, this limited government power unleashed the unlimited power of free people, who built the most prosperous society the world has ever known. Since the early 1970s, however, America has been gradually moving more toward the Democratic Socialist model and away from the limited government created by our founders.
In Europe, people are proud to be called Democratic Socialist. Not so in America. The word "socialist" still has a negative connotation politicians work hard to avoid, even while promoting socialist policies. The Congressional Progressive Caucus is the label under which the Democratic Socialist agenda is advanced in America, working closely with the Democratic Socialists of America.
Program after program, the government has consolidated more and more power to dictate how people should live by taking wealth from those who have ability and redistributing it to those who have need as determined by the government.
Social Democrats in both political parties are transforming America from a system of limited government, empowered by the consent of the people, to a social democracy in which the government is the supreme arbiter and enforcer of the redistribution of wealth, and the dictator of socially acceptable behavior.
This fact is indisputable, as evidenced by the increasing government control of land and resource use, of education, of health care, of industry, and even of speech and personal behavior.
Socialists welcome this transformation and continue to push for more government control. The socialists are winning, not because the people have debated, considered and voted to become a social democracy, but because the people have not resisted the socialist initiatives.
In fact, the very people who would violently oppose changing our form of government to a social democracy often support socialist initiatives because they are carefully labeled "smart growth," "sustainable development," "comprehensive land-use planning," "School to Work," "campaign reform," and on and on and on.
Programs regardless of their labels which take power away from individuals, and local and state elected officials, and increase the power of the federal government advance the transformation of America to a social democracy.
On the other hand, programs that leave land-use decisions to local elected officials, that leave education curriculum to local elected school boards and, perhaps most importantly, leave the dollars earned by individuals in the individuals' pockets advance the principles of freedom and reject the principles of social democracy.
The American experiment in self-governance has proven to be among mankind's highest achievements. We who have benefited from this experiment owe a debt to our forefathers and have a responsibility to our posterity, and to the world. We cannot let this experiment be negated by a revised version of the Marxism that has crushed the hopes of all who have been victimized by it.
We must recognize this subtle, sinister effort to transform the American system of self-governance and, as have previous generations, rise up and create the means to extinguish the threat. Our fathers and grandfathers battled with bullets to save our great nation.
Ballots are the ammunition for this generation, cast by an army of awakened patriots.
One of the reasons so many people liked the Clinton government was that it reflected their opinions,how they formed those opinions is another matter.
The Socialist Party stands for political activity independent of the two major corporate parties. We view electoral activity as an important component of the struggle for fundamental social change. Participation in elections (local, state, and national) is a valuable means of clarifying our position on a wide range of issues, of broadly disseminating our principles and programs, and of asserting and reaffirming our commitment to the democratic process.
We call for the overhaul of the constitution of the United States in order to achieve a diverse legislative body.
We call for ballot access laws that give all political parties a fair chance to have their candidates appear on the ballot.
We support the introduction of proportional representation at every level of government.
We call for full representation for the US territories of Guam and Puerto Rico, all Native American reservations, and the District of Columbia.
The Socialist Party supports the public financing of candidates for public office as long as this funding extends to the candidates of alternative political parties.
We call for the closing of the loophole sanctioned by the Supreme Court under which candidates can spend an unlimited sum of their personal wealth on their own campaigns.
We call for equal access to media for all political parties.
That LINK takes you to Disabled Sports!
To all of my fellow patriots on FR, could you please keep this thread alive because all Americans need to see this.
Republican politicians are involved in this also. President Bush Loves to call America a democracy along with a lot of Senators and Representatives.
I think we might add "Equality" and "Human Rights" (at least the positive kind) to that list of labels.
The 20% of Americans who smoke can attest to that :)
However, that link no longer contains the listing of Congressional Members, which was deleted several months ago.That organization now seems to be known as: The Congressional Progressive Caucus
Great article. But even it does not go on to point out that socialism is just a transitory stage to a communist society.
Thirty years ago that is what the college textbooks taught. I guess they don't teach that anymore.
I'm glad you noticed it too. I've been looking for a good spot to mention it, but I didn't want to post a vanity and get buried by the Posting Police. Wish I knew the proper FR protocol on posting vanities because I believe that good discussions of important concepts do not always originate in articles by media people.
Freepers think differently than most media writers. I believe that it is important to encourage them to bring relevant issues of their own to this Forum without getting criticized by the aforementioned PP.