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President Donald Trump and his supporters hate socialism, that much we know. Whether it’s his friend Jair Bolsonaro, the newly inaugurated and scarily fascistic Brazilian president, declaring his nation’s “liberation from socialism,” or just his son Don Jr. making puerile tweets about taking away half of his daughter’s Halloween candy and offensive Instagram posts warning that freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a rising democratic-socialist star, will usher in an age of dog-eating, Team Trump leaves no doubt about its hostility.
The president himself frequently denounces socialism, and last fall, the White House Council of Economic Advisers issued a scathing report, report, “The Opportunity Costs of Socialism.” None of this is worth taking seriously at an intellectual level; the 70-page report is full of inane attempts to link U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts to such historical figures as Fidel Castro and Mao Zedong. It insinuates that somehow “Medicare-for-all” will repeat the “tens of millions of deaths by starvation” in Stalinist Russia. Even as scare tactics, this is a joke.
Reality - Examples - Authoritarianism - Nothing - Politics
In reality, cherry-picked examples from the worst of Soviet and Maoist authoritarianism tell us nothing about socialist politics here in New Jersey. “Socialism” is as broad a term as “capitalism,” but at its core, it is about working people benefiting from their own labor, and economic and political arrangements that ensure an equitable distribution of wealth and resources, in stark contrast to our current system that is glaringly skewed toward the wealthy.
We can see variations on socialism from the famous 1913 Paterson silk strike to the 37 percent of New Jersey Democrats who supported democratic socialist Sanders in the 2016 presidential primary.
Newark - Tradition - Immigrants - Century - Mathilde
Newark has a rich socialist tradition, dating to German immigrants of the 19th century, such as Mathilde Franziska Anneke, who knew Karl Marx in Europe before settling here...
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