You Might Be a Socialist If…

Community, Economics, Socialism

Today I simply want to write something that’s been on my mind.  What’s on my mind is the subtle, evolving and promising language of “the revolution.”  I do not believe there is going to be a sudden, cataclysmic revolution (though there could be).  Rather, I believe that we are, in fact, in the revolution right now.  It’s an organic unfolding as capitalism dies.

If the word socialism is not easy to sit with, we can use the terms “mutualism,” “participatory economics,” “libertarian municipalism,” or “inclusive democracy.”

The goal is a future state of cooperation, egalitarianism, and direct democracy where people matter, public space is valued, and wealth distribution is more equitable. People, not profits.

With this in mind, below is a list of words that taken collectively, add up to something approximating democratic socialism.  All of these movements are gaining traction and as they continue to bubble up from the roots and tie together, something special will begin to happen in our relationships with each other and in our communities.

The collectivity of these movements, taken together, are what will make America and the world great again.

Take a read.  If you find that in the main these words are resonating with you, heck, you might be a socialist!

I plan to keep adding to this list and adding links as I learn and grow.

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3 thoughts on “You Might Be a Socialist If…”

  1. This social evolution in America continues, and it’s been ongoing for roughly a decade or so, but now it’s happening in earnest due to the myriad failings of American capitalism, of the prejudice embedded in our society, and of the consumer culture. Oh, and Trump. He’s been a great catalyst for the movement.

    Yet in truth the greatest resistance and the most successful activism in recent years has probably come from the right. Sensing that their country is changing they’ve been fighting tooth and nail to “take our country back,” many of them fighting for causes about which they are largely ignorant. Yet they know that the nation is changing.

    For our resistance to matter, we’ve got to win, politically, which means passing legislation that alters the fundamental way we do business. Obamacare didn’t do that. Dodd-Frank didn’t do that. Right now, though, the right is winning, politically, despite being an increasing minority. Imo, a good deal of this is the fault of a compromised Democrat Party. The political hold up for addressing the root causes of our cultural chaos comes from a liberal establishment who is hell bent on retaining their own socio-economic privilege.

    So we’ve got a movement and we’ve got momentum, but it’s an uphill battle. That’s to be expected. I’m thrilled at the energy and am hoping for deep reform and real change.


    • Hey, Erdman. One day, we must drink a pint together. You ever pass through Montana, give me a shout. Here’s my thinking boiled down to the basics. Socialism and leftism is rising in response to economic inequality. Inequality is not going away, so neither is leftism. We both know the trajectory of capitalism, so we can infer with accuracy that economic inequality will continue to increase, and therefore the rise of the left will continue to increase. Mainstream democrats and centrists democrats do not offer anything substantial to address the root causes of inequality. So in my estimation, the progressive movement’s future is in going further left, as opposed to centrism. Oddly enough, the far right and far left, anarchists and militias, probably have more commonality than we give credit. Beyond that, the right is aligned with the economic means of production and the money, so they do have power. For what it’s worth, I can sit down and drink a pint of beer with a libertarian farmer and be just fine. Thanks for the comment. Yes, we have our work cut out for us.

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  2. Economic inequality is definitely important, but activism and enthusiasm on the left is also coming from groups who have been marginalized in the U.S. Feminists, environmentalists, African-Americans, and others are not only fighting prejudice but also the greater capitalist culture of socio-economic privilege that allows prejudice to flourish. That’s what makes leftist alliances with working class whites politically problematic. If your libertarian farmer friend is truly libertarian then s/he would support all movements for equality, but the right has a good deal of propaganda going to convince whites that everyone on the left wants to flood the nation with immigrants and push good white folks out and use the federal government to give free handouts, etc, etc…You know the routine…But my point is that marginalized groups who have traditionally focused more narrowly on civil rights are starting to become more outspoken about how the cancer of the capitalist class system spreads the sickness of prejudice. So it isn’t just economic inequality that is pushing forward the critiques of capitalism.

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