My friends keep asking why I wouldn’t vote for Bernie Sanders.
“Democratic Socialism” is a funny political philosophy. It’s only marginally different than Marxist-Leninist socialism, and it’s just a very thin margin.
Because when you get down to it, it’s still socialism. It’s the end of capitalism entirely. You will own nothing. You will own no property. It is not yours unless the government says you can use it, and then it’s still social property.
And the idea there’s a difference between Marxist-Leninist socialism and “Democratic Socialism” is ludicrous and ignorant of how governments work. There’s no “democratic” socialism, there’s just socialism. The government body will still decide what you can use and have just like in Marxist-Leninist socialism. It’s the very exact same thing.
As a matter of fact, Democratic Socialism is no different than a National Socialist system. Whether you have a national union or a general election with parties, someone above you will decide which subsidies you are afforded. This is left-wing authoritarianism and Bernie Sanders, as much a nice guy as he is, is still the same left-wing authoritarian as previous left-wing authoritarians. He just doesn’t have a desire for genocide.
People keep forgetting that we aren’t a democracy. We are a constitutional representative republic because we don’t want mob rule. Maybe we do, in many ways, but our country has prospered because we don’t practice mob rule. Democracy creates mob rule and, as a result, endangers the rights of the minority. When the minority is kept down on the ground and their rights are trampled, you’re not a free people anymore. You’re in a Marxist-Leninist socialist world, no different than a “democratic” socialist world.
In a society where we are even more connected and people on social media are already using mob rule to destroy people’s lives with unprovable allegations of rape, sexual assault, harassment, and all other kinds of transgressions, the last thing we need is government backing of that mob rule. Jesse Singal, a writer for New York magazine, recently wrote an over 10,000 word report on the lies by transgender activists that ruined a seasoned gender identity and psychology veteran’s life, and he has been mired in an embarrassingly terrifying battle for his career and sanity ever since because the “Social Justice” mob has decided his fact-filled article was transphobic. We’ve seen what the “Social Justice” mob can do; it’s led to attempted suicide, careers destroyed, people almost being imprisoned, and lives ruined. Gregory Allen almost went to prison in Canada for disagreeing with two women. Jian Ghomeshi may be facing prison for having sexual relations with women whose testimony may have been false from the beginning. Tim Hunt, a Nobel Prize winning scientist and scholar who made major discoveries in cancer research and has been working hard to get more women into the STEM fields had his entire life’s work put to question after being falsely accused of making a sexist joke. Bernie Sanders may not have a desire to bully people, but the social justice mob sure does.
Democracy is mob rule and mob rule doesn’t work. It’s disgusting and oppressive. It is the antithesis of what a society should be run as. Socialism is a disaster. It has been tried. It ended up with gulags, more deaths than Hitler managed, and a big fat no thanks from me. Democratic socialism is the worst of both worlds.