How Has Socialism Impacted The Democratic Party Platform?
Socialism is described as “a social and economic system characterized by social ownership of the means of production and co-operative management of the economy, as well as a political theory and movement that aims at the establishment of such a system” (Wikipedia, 2014). Socialist economic systems are based on the precept of production for use or the production of goods to directly satisfy the demand and need of the consumer (Wikipedia, 2014). Accumulation of capital and production for profit are not valuable to the socialist movement. Socialist referred to themselves differently around the world, but in America the word “socialist” never stuck (Martin, 2006). Instead, they referred to themselves as liberals just as we refer to the Democrat Party today. They also used the euphuism “democracy” to replace “socialism” making it more acceptable to western society (Worldviews from the 1870s to the Modern Era [DOC document]). “In 1932, the Fabian socialists took over the Democrat Party, making it their political vehicle and, therefore, in the United States, it is the Democrat Party which is the vehicle for socialism” (Martin, 2006).
The Democratic Party has a platform built on equality for all. They feel this can be accomplished through government control over businesses and persons within the United States to ensure that one group is not becoming more powerful or wealthy than the next. This is a quote from the Democratic Party Platform, “We will not back down from ensuring that everyone has a seat at the American table and the opportunity to grab the first rung on the ladder to the middle class” (Democrats, 2014). While this sounds beautifully written, of course to grab your attention and make you feel safe, the truth is that not only are the rich helping to support the middle class, but the middle class is helping to support the poor through unemployment checks, food stamps, and Medicaid. This is fine,...
References: Democrat Party. (2014). 2012 National Democrat Party Platform. Retrieved April 9, 2014, from Democrats: http://www.democrats.org/democratic-national-platform#rebuild-middle-class
Martin, G. R. (2006). Prevailing Worldviews of Western Society Since 1500. Marion, IN: Triangle Publishing.
Wikipedia. (2014, April 4). Socialism. Retrieved April 10, 2014, from Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialism
Worldviews from the 1870s to the Modern Era. (2014). Retrieved April 9, 2014, from http://learn.liberty.edu/bbcswebdav/pid-1746848-dt-content-rid-9420745_1/xid-9420745_1
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