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Bernie Sanders Weighs In...

On Nov​ember 19th, 2015, Senator Bernie Sanders spoke at Georgetown University on Democratic Socialism in America. Here is an excerpt:

...So let me define for you, simply and straightforwardly, what democratic socialism means to me. It builds on what Franklin Delano Roosevelt said when he fought for guaranteed economic rights for all Americans. And it builds on what Martin Luther King, Jr. said in 1968 when he stated that; “This country has socialism for the rich, and rugged individualism for the poor.” It builds on the success of many other countries around the world that have done a far better job than we have in protecting the needs of their working families, the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor.

Democratic socialism means that we must create an economy that works for all, not just the very wealthy.

Democratic socialism means that we must reform a political system in America today which is not only grossly unfair but, in many respects, corrupt. [...]

In my view, it’s time we had democratic socialism for working families, not just for Wall Street, billionaires and large corporations. It means that we should not be providing welfare for corporations, it means we should not be providing huge tax breaks for the wealthiest people in this country, or trade policies which boost corporate profits as workers lose their jobs. It means that we create a government that works for works for all of us, not just powerful special interests. It means that economic rights must be an essential part of what America stands for. 

Full Transcript here.

The History of Democratic Socialism in America

​Free public colleges and universities? America did it in California and New York. We educated a generation, and reaped the rewards from investing in ourselves.

Banking at the Post Office? America did that, to. For over fifty years we had the most successful approach to financial inclusion.

Municipal broadband, with some of the fastest speeds in the USA? Chattanooga, Tennessee has it in place, serving the needs of all its residents and businesses.

These are just three examples of how public services (higher education, banking, and the internet) protect and extend the American Commons. 

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The economy's out of whack: land, water, even your DNA is up for grabs, enriching privatizers and profiteers at everyone else’s expense.  Can you balance competing interests? Protect the commons? Outsmart the privatization efforts of politicians? Fix the mess? 

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