Socialism and the American Idea of Freedom


In Trump's most recent campaign stop (he's already campaigning), he told his supporters that if a Democrat is elected President, America will become a socialist nation.  No where else in the developed world does the word "socialism" bring such a negative connotation as in the U.S.  Socialism, the state owned means of production and distribution, doesn't exist anywhere except perhaps China, North Korea, and Cuba, actually communist countries.  Social Democracies are common in Europe (Canada probably could be counted in the group).  Democratic socialism as practiced by our allies like Sweden, Denmark, Norway, (where Trump's white people live), are capitalist countries where since WWII through affordable health care have improved the lives of it's citizens immeasurably with little inequality, and they pay much less for health care, even taking into account slightly higher tax rates.  They are places where people have far more savings, few families live paycheck to paycheck, where working people are not made destitute by a serious illness, workers have a decent vacation period, no one has to decide between food or pharmaceuticals, pre-existing conditions is not part of health care decisions, suicide and opioid addictions are very rare, and wages generally keep pace with inflation.


Americans, however, recoil at horror at these impositions on their "personal freedom".  We know that civic wealth is meant for civic welfare, but should be diverted to the military-industrial complex by purchasing needless weapons of mass destruction or squandered through obscene tax cuts for the rich.  We know that working families should indenture themselves for life to predatory lending and cruel employers.  If a child becomes very ill with say cancer, the child should be denied the most expensive treatments, probably die, and leave the family utterly impoverished. 


Americans, most especially Trump's supporters, call this "freedom".