Freakonomics – Anyone Really Knows What Socialism Is?
In West-Europa weten we gewoonlijk meer van socialisme dan in de USA. Toch is deze podcast van Freakonomics meer dan interessant.
Dat laatste ook in verband met USA2020.
Publicatie 16 september
What you’re about to hear is an updated version of an episode we released just before the Covid-19 pandemic took hold in the U.S. We thought, with an upcoming election, it might be useful to hear it again. Hope you agree.
The United States, like many countries around the world, seems to have entered a period of broad and deep discontent. Much of this discontent is related to economic issues — some of them specific, like wage stagnation and the spike in health-care and college costs. And others are more systemic, like inequality and crony capitalism. This discontent has grown into an indictment of our entire political and economic system, with multiple constituencies harboring multiple grievances — some overlapping, others in deep conflict. I’m telling you nothing here you don’t already know.
You also know that different actors have harnessed this discontent in an attempt to steer the country in different directions. Perhaps the most successful to date is Donald Trump, who in 2016 defied just about every prediction on earth to win the U.S. presidency. The Democrats have also tried to steer that discontent in their direction — especially Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a long-time registered Independent, who was for a time a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Bernie SANDERS: We now have an economy that is fundamentally broken and grotesquely unfair.
Sanders’s support came mostly from young and progressive voters who think capitalism should be overhauled or, perhaps, replaced entirely.
Michael KNOWLES: The majority of American millennials now identify as socialists.
HOST: Why are so many millennials gravitating towards socialism over capitalism?
SANDERS: The United States must choose the path that I call democratic socialism.
As much as Sanders embraces the socialist label, he does understand:
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