No, Umair, Bernie’s brand of socialism does not meet your criteria of “real” socialism, which is actually nothing more than old fashion, heavy handed communism. Neither America, nor any other nation, needs that clunky system ever again.

What Bernie is calling for is democratic socialism, a balanced system of capitalism and socialism. Basically, he is trying to replace a predatory brand of capitalism with a healthy balanced economic system that works for all of society.

Sure the greedy right wing capitalist hate it, but certainly not all capitalist, like, say, Mike Bloomberg hate a balanced system, though Mike will never be so naive as to call socialism. The choice between capitalism and socialism isn’t a case of only one or the other, but rather a balanced blend of the two, of which Trump and his merry band of Republican fascists have no interest.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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