Bernie and Hillary’s Dueling socialisms

The contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is over which discredited brand of socialism they will force down the collective throat of America.

Bernie and Hillary: Definitely not cool
Bernie and Hillary: Definitely not cool

WASHINGTON, December 19, 2015 – The New York Times fears that where the Democratic presidential debates are concerned, the public is less likely to watch like “the droves that tuned into the Republican debates… While some of that interest on the Republican side can be attributed to the Donald J. Trump effect, critics of the Democratic National Committee’s scheduling process are also upset that the party is muting its message by holding debates when people are less likely to tune in.”

The Times never stops to consider that the DNC may have scheduled debate dates and times specifically designed to mute the Democratic Party’s “message” for 2016. After all, the contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is over which discredited brand of socialism they will force down the collective throat of America.

Will it be Hillary’s national socialist, Mussolini-like corporate state model, or Bernie Sanders’ Hugo Chavez-like democratic socialism?

“State intervention in economic production arises only when private initiative is lacking or insufficient, or when the political interests of the State are involved,” said Benito Mussolini in 1935. “This intervention may take the form of control, assistance or direct management.”

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Back in 2012, then Secretary of State Clinton intervened on behalf of Neptune Minerals Inc., a deep-sea mining concern.

According to documents made public by the U.S. State Department, Clinton forwarded an email from Neptune Minerals Inc. “to Thomas Nides, then a deputy secretary of state and now vice chairman at Morgan Stanley, a major New York financial services firm… Members of the influential New York firm were one of Clinton’s top funders in her 2008 presidential race, giving more than $225,000 that cycle. The firm has also been a major donor to the Clinton Foundation, giving between $1 million and $5 million,” said the Associated Press.

By the mid 1920s, three quarters of the financial contributions to Mussolini’s Blackshirts came from banks, insurance companies and industry.

Last Labor Day, Hillary, channeling Il Duce, said, “We’re going to back enforcing labor laws, I’m going to make sure that some employers go to jail for wage theft and all the other abuses that they engage in.”

Yes, in particular those employers that haven’t contributed to the Clinton campaign or family foundation.

Just in passing, the weaponized labor laws Hillary invokes were crafted in the early 1930s under President Franklin D. Roosevelt – based on those of fascist Italy.

“I don’t mind telling you in confidence,” FDR penned in a 1933 letter, “that I am keeping in fairly close touch with the admirable Italian gentleman.”

Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders told a gathering at Georgetown University that his democratic socialism “is not tied to any Marxist belief or the abolition of capitalism. I don’t believe government should own the means of production, but I do believe that the middle class and the working families who produce the wealth of America deserve a fair deal.”

But as Phil Gasper and Tyler Zimmer of the Socialist Worker point out, Scandinavian-style social democracies have astronomical unionization rates. In Sweden “more than 85 percent of the workforce enjoys the benefits of union organization and collective bargaining. Indeed, compared to the U.S., the Swedish labor movement is, across the board, much stronger, better organized and united.”

In 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics announced that “public-sector [government] workers had a union membership rate (35.7 percent), more than five times higher than that of private-sector workers (6.6 percent).”

It would be difficult to sustain populist socialism in the “land of the free and the home of the brave” when the only ones benefiting from the perks of collective bargaining are the government’s paper-shuffling, statistical hunter-gatherers.

Gasper and Zimmer conclude that America needs a socialist movement “that sees the fight for immediate reforms as a step towards dismantling and replacing the capitalist system [government owning the means of production] entirely.”

All that taking, of course, will require erasing our Fifth Amendment protection against the government’s seizing private property “for public use without just compensation.”

Not to worry, socialist strongman Bernie, or Il Duce Hillary, will appoint Supreme Court justices (a la Hugo Chavez) inspired by imaginary “penumbras and emanations” to reinterpret the Constitution’s “just compensation” to mean you must surrender your property or it’s off “to jail for wage theft and all the other abuses” perpetrated against the proletariat.

In the end, Hillary and Bernie’s socialisms are one and the same. As Benito Mussolini said, “If classical liberalism [freedom] spells individualism, Fascism spells government.”

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