‘Fessing Up to Socialism?
It seems lately that liberals are digging in their heels and no longer shrinking from claims of “socialism,” and instead hinting that socialism’s really not so bad, it’s just got a bad rap. Bill Maher said as much on Real Time last week (episode 165, as far as I can tell, though excerpts are not yet posted online). When I tried to find Maher’s exact quote I stumbled across this post asking “how did socialism get to be a bad word?” I confess, I don’t have a ready soundbite-style answer. Well, other than knuckle-dragging quips like, “it’s anathema to the system of rights underlying the American constitutional framework,” and, “it tramples the careful structure between state and federal government,” and, “this is America, stupid.”