America’s Best Defense Against Socialism

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The United States of America has flummoxed socialists since the nineteenth century. Marx himself couldn’t quite understand why the most advanced economy in the world stubbornly refused to transition to socialism. Marxist theory predicts the immiseration of the proletariat and subsequent revolution from below. This never happened in America. Labor confronted capital throughout the late nineteenth century, often violently, but American democracy and constitutionalism withstood the clash. Socialist movements remained minority persuasions. When Eugene V. Debs ran for president in 1912, he topped out at six percent of the vote. Populist third-party candidates, from George Wallace in 1968 (14 percent) to Ross Perot in 1992 (19 percent) have done much better.

Populism for Idiots

Rep. Seth Moulton (D., Mass.) is one of the random white dudes running in the Democratic presidential primary. He recently unveiled a proposal to encourage young Americans to enlist in national service organizations, such as the military, AmeriCorps, or the “Federal Green Corps,” which he would establish as president to combat climate change.