"Socialism. You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it does."My point here is to try and explain that when tea-partiers on the Right talk about "Socialism" they are not using the classic, dictionary definition of an economic system in which the state owns and controls the means of production.
(By the way, I am not a Socialist. I believe in property rights and open markets regulated by representative democracy. Sigh!)
No, I'm talking about the way the most rabid Conservatives talk about Socialism. The formula is simple:
Socialism = EvilOr more precisely:
Socialism = Everything I don't like.And of course:
Socialism = Communism = Fascism = Muslim Caliphate (borrowing a little from Beck's blackboard)That's the only way I can figure that health insurance by private companies based on a Republican governor's system can be considered "Socialism." Or reverse discrimination (whatever that is), or our historically unique President, or undocumented immigrants and their children born under the Fourteenth Amendment, or sexual promiscuity (which I'm against, by the way even if I'm not at all sure how that got in there). Or, especially, COMMUNISM! Bonk, bonk, baah! (representing scary music).
It's almost as if the whole movement were being influenced by Capitalist propaganda of the 1950s!