Sunday, August 12, 2018
"Democratic Socialism Threatens Minorities": Atlantic article gets to the root of the proble,
Conor Friedersdorf has a nice “booklet” article in the Atlantic, Aug. 9, 2018, that it is at least (or at most) a “constructive criticism” of democratic socialism as Ocasio-Cortez could deploy it. (David Hogg seems to be supporting her on Twitter, by the way.)
The article best title is “Democratic Socialism Threatens Minorities.” The byline is “Nothing better protects victims of bigotry than a system where they can pursue their needs and wants outside the realm of popular control.”
Conor takes pure socialism to mean, the people decide what will be produced and consumed and control the means of production. That is, more or less, the workers and their families. Ocasio hasn’t really said she would go that far, and neither really did Bernie Sanders. Hogg will grow up into full adulthood practicing capitalism for himself, to be sure. (After all, there’s nothing wrong with that, nothing “to be ashamed of”) .
What Conor winds up describing is pretty much the early days of the Soviet Union, where they really did try statist planning of everything. The Soviets continued, and eventually imploded.
China is a little different, and we need to look at why it works better than we would expect it to. But China is cracking down on its Muslim minorities in the western provinces (which are, to a lot of people's surprise, largely white or Caucasian).
I remember when in France I bought some antihistamines for a cold. I paid for them privately, in a country with socialized medicine. It is much cheaper and more efficient to let me take care of this myself.
Conor’s point is well-taken. In a decentralized, capitalist economy with libertarian values, Muslims, evangelical Christians, LGBTQ people, minorities can produce and sell the items that meet the real demands of people in their own communities without central interference, according to a free market.