Socialism is innately incompatible with freedom, the founding principle of America.That is why Americans — including many Democrats — continue to reject socialism.
America Rejects Socialism (Again)
It looks like voters, even Democratic primary voters, aren’t as enamored of socialism as we had feared.
The failures of socialism have been chronicled many places, from Socialism by Ludwig von Mises in 1922 to Socialism: The Failed Idea That Never Dies by Kristian Niemietz just last year. Perhaps the most contemporary failure, outside the continuing tragedies of North Korea and Cuba, is the sad example of Hugo Chavez’s “21st century socialism” in Venezuela, which turned out to be all too similar to 20th century socialism.
But right now we may be witnessing yet another failure of socialism: the sudden collapse of the presidential campaign of self??proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders.
Just weeks ago there was full??scale Sanders panic. Coming off his near??defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016, Sanders seemed to be on a roll, building toward a stronger effort in 2020. After the senator’s success in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada, he jumped into the lead in national polls. The “moderate” Democratic candidates seemed on the ropes. Bernie was dubbed the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination and was leading President Trump in general election polls.
Sanders started to get more attention. Debates over “democratic socialism” heated up. Sanders went on national television to defend his praise of Fidel Castro. Democratic party leaders despaired. And then the voters started paying attention. Sanders lost big in South Carolina, as expected. Not so expectedly, he lost 10 of 14 primaries on Super Tuesday. Then just last night his campaign suffered probably fatal blows, especially in Missouri and Michigan. In Missouri, a state where Clinton had barely edged past him in 2016, he lost to Joe Biden by 60 to 35 percent. And in Michigan, where his upset of Clinton in 2016 had propelled his campaign, voters preferred Biden by 53 to 36 percent.
It looks like voters, even Democratic primary voters, aren’t as enamored of socialism as we had feared. Last week In Michigan, Sanders carried voters 18 to 29. But his claims that he could win the presidency by generating a huge turnout of young voters have not panned out. Youth turnout has been lower throughout the primaries than it was in 2016. Sanders loses African??American voters and older voters heavily. He did worse with the white working class than he did in 2016. He lost both college??educated whites and non??college whites.
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