Ep. 196 There Aren’t Any Socialists in the Democratic Party?

10 July 2019     |     Tom Woods     |     4

There aren’t any real socialists running in the Democratic Party, says Krugman, because none of them want to abolish private ownership of the means of production. Republicans level the accusation because they’re ignorant idiots. Krugman wonders what would happen if Republicans began to be routinely referred to as fascists (as if it isn’t happening every day).

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  • Bob_Robert

    I was once in a discussion with a mainstream Democrat was calling me a Marxist because I wanted entirely voluntary interaction.

    I replied, “At least, something that can be objectively checked! Let’s go through the 10 planks of the Communist Manifesto and see.”

    I gave him credit for not being for the complete abolition of private property. Other than that, I was against everything, he was for all of them.

    “So which of us is the Marxist, Jeff?”

    I haven’t had email from him since.

  • martinbrock

    Denmark is not “socialist” when we’re discussing its relative prosperity, but its welfare state is “socialist” when Bernie Sanders wants to implement it in the U.S. I’ve heard this story dozens of times from rightists, so I can hardly fault Krugman for repeating it, his own partisan hypocrisies notwithstanding.

  • Isaiah Sellassie

    A GOP drift in the direction of a Tucker Carlson sort of nationalism seems probable to me. Not different significantly from the default Hamiltonian nationalism. A matter of degree really, nothing more. A minor shifting of priorities between welfare and warfare, between domestic and global.

    Nothing dramatic is happening particularly in “our democracy.”

  • Craig

    Around 2006 I was listening to a TV interview with Álvaro García Linera, Evo Morales’ vice president in Bolivia. He was asked how much of the Bolivian economy he thought should be operated directly by the government. He answered: about 30%. So, in that, Krugman and Evo Morales are agreed.

    In that same interview, Garcia also explained that economics was a very simple and straightforward subject. The country should trade those things it produced best and the government should prohibit trade in everything else. In other words, the economic ideas and trade policies of Evo Morales and Donald Trump are essentially identical.

    We have a bipartisan consensus: the US should be Bolivia.