Tony Blair calls himself socialist. His party, the Labour Party of Britain, is also socialist. Socialists and Communists hold governmental and elected posts there – as they do in most the rest of the world. Except for the U.S., socialism is accepted as a political force across the planet. Someone might love socialism or they might hate it. But at least they will know what it is. It’s only here in the States that ignorance of socialism is so overwhelming. Of course, the propaganda machine has much to do with that, socialism is routinely demonized, and calling someone a communist is an insult. In more rational countries, it simply describes their political affiliation.
Right-wingers in the States get their panties in a twist because socialists organize for social change. Well, duh. Fifteen minute spent reading the Communist Manifesto will explain why communists organize. Yet this short document, arguably one of the most important political documents in history, is barely mentioned in U.S. schools and colleges. Why is that?
The U.S., the home of predatory capitalism, is also nearly completely ignorant when it comes to socialism, and that’s no mistake. That it needs socialism as a counter-force against the predators is a given.
(To my British friends, yes, I know the Labour Party is sorry, corrupt, just-barely socialist, and needs to be tossed in the trash bin. But you must understand, at least you live in a country where people know what socialism is.)