Should the U.S. Become Socialist?
Socialism in the United States is an increasingly popular topic. Some argue that the country should actively move toward socialism to spur social progress and greater equity, while others demand that the country prevent this by any and all means necessary. This subject is often brought up in connection with universal healthcare and free college education, ideas that are socialist by definition, or as a general warning against leftist politics. For more on American socialism, explore the ProCon debate.
“Another prediction — that is my favorite one, I must add — is that if I got elected, I’d bring the end to capitalism. (Laughs.) I never understood that one, but we’ve heard — we’ve heard it an awful lot. Well, in six months into my administration, the U.S. economy has experienced the highest economic growth rate in nearly 40 years….
I issued a major executive order promoting fair and open competition, which is the cornerstone — the cornerstone of American capitalism, banning non-compete clauses that suppress workers’ wages; lowering the price of things like hearing aids, prescription drugs, Internet service; along with dozens of other actions. Folks, it turns out capitalism is alive and very well. We’re making serious progress to ensure that it works the way it’s supposed to work: for the good of the American people.”-
White House, “Remarks by President Biden on the Economy,” whitehouse.gov, July 19, 2021
“We [Republicans] have to call out Joe Biden and the members of the Democratic congress, who are doing two major things at the same time. They’re not telling the truth to the American people and the reason they’re not telling the truth to the American people is because they’re trying to absolutely impose a socialist agenda, which they know the American people, if identified as such, would not support under any circumstances.”-
Paul Steinhauser, “Hours before Biden’s Speech, Christie Accuses President of Lying to Hide ‘Socialist Agenda,’” foxnews.com, Apr. 28, 2021
“At a time when Marxism, socialism, and communism are actively promoted by prominent politicians and pop-culture figures in our own country, it is more important than ever to teach Florida’s schoolchildren about the horrific history of Communist countries and to provide them with opportunities to hear from individuals who suffered under the rule of Communist dictators. That is why I established Victims of Communism Day and launched an initiative to record video testimonials of Floridians who suffered under these regimes. When we comprehend the horrors of the past brought about as a result of this evil ideology, we are inspired to defend our nation’s republican government, its free enterprise economy, and its vibrant religious traditions and civil society from the forces which seek its destruction.”
The press release continues: “Victims of Communism Day is an opportunity for students of all ages and Floridians of all backgrounds to learn about the dangers posed by socialism around the world and here at home, as well to reflect upon the blessings of liberty afforded to ourselves and our posterity as a result of the American traditions of limited government and individual freedom.”-
Ron DeSantis, “Governor Ron DeSantis Declares First Annual Victims of Communism Day,” flgov.com, Nov. 7, 2022
“Last year, I said 2020 was the year socialism went mainstream,” she said. “2021 is the year socialism took control…. Capitalism is on the outs for many conservatives who should know better,” she continued. “They look at a rapidly changing world and assume our principles don’t work anymore. They see the rise of socialism and want to meet it halfway. They’re wrong. The right must recapture its passion for economic freedom…. We can add up socialism’s cost in dollars and cents, but we will never know its human cost. Socialism isn’t progressive. It’s backwards. And it has no place in America — not now, not ever.”-
Breck Dumas, “‘Socialism Isn’t Progressive. It’s Backwards’: Nikki Haley,” foxbusiness.com, Nov. 3, 2021
“Nobody wants to live on the government dole. We don’t have free-market capitalism in this country, we have corporate crony capitalism. We have a system of cushy socialism for the super-rich and this brutal, savage, merciless capitalism for the poor. And it’s all designed to strip-mine the middle class in this country of all their equity, all of their assets and move it to the upper echelons. And the COVID lockdowns were the final straw. Under COVID lockdowns, we created a billionaire a day and this was Trump and Biden — 500 days of lockdowns — we created a billionaire a day. We moved $4 trillion from the middle class to the super-rich.”-
Ian Schwartz, “Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: We Have Cushy Socialism for the Super Rich and Savage, Merciless Capitalism for the Poor,” realclearpolitics.com, July 25, 2023
“Socialism destroys nations. But always remember: Freedom unifies the soul.”-
New York Times, “Full Transcript: Trump’s 2020 State of the Union Address,” nytimes.com, Feb 5, 2020
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“Socialism has no place in North Dakota.”-
Doug Burgum, twitter.com, Feb. 18, 2019
“I think that’s created new fertile ground for the question of where American capitalism, where western capitalism more broadly, goes from here. And I’m trying to do my part in shaping that for the better…. I think our national success bred a culture of entitlement, entitlement bred a culture of laziness. And in some ways, victimhood fits laziness like a glove because no one wants to be lazy. You’d rather not work, not because you don’t feel like working, you’d rather claim you’re not working because you’re in the grand fight against the oppression of capitalism, which is what many in the anti-work movement, and that is a movement in the United States, now say as a justification for why they don’t want to return to work, despite the fact that the labor market becks them to return.”-
Gerry Baker, “The Pushback to Woke Capitalism,” wsj.com, Oct. 19, 2022