What many in this country either don’t realize or refuse to accept is that it is nearly impossible to have a functional, free republic without incorporating democratic principles of government with publicly funded social programs to run the requisite aspects of government, trade economics, and infrastructure programs effectively.
The effects and benefits of socialism in democracy become obvious when you look at a few of our basic institutions. The military. Police and fire departments. Public roads and interstates. Public libraries. Social security, welfare, and assistance programs. Bridges, farm subsidies, the FBI and the CIA.
These and many other services and programs are funded by taxpayer dollars and exist due to a dispersion of monies collected from working people and redistributed to provide services for the common good.
The very definition of that scary word, socialism.
Rather than accept socialistic mechanics exist in America, would you rather depend on the unselfish and loving instincts of private corporations to provide these institutions? Be careful; that’s what is slowly happening today. Think of privately run schools, where only the “right” children get an education, and no oversight regarding curriculum. Think of privately owned roads and transportation systems breaking down (worse than they already are!) because private business owners want to pad their bottom lines. Think of a privatized military, owing loyalty only to their corporate bosses, their “benefactors”.
The fear of the word “socialism” is so ingrained in our national perception that it has become a non-starter for any mainstream political discussion.
If the word “socialism” gives you nightmares, fill in “assistive democracy” in its place.
It may help you sleep better at night.