Thursday, October 30, 2008
Kotz / Politics
Is Anybody Buying the Whole "Socialism" Slur?
by Pete Kotz
on Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 5:23 AM
One of the weirdest things about this election season is the rebirth of "socialism" as a means to slur your enemy. Not only is it archaic and criminally unimaginative, but it's wholly disingenuous, since applies to pretty much every politician in America.
Think about it: Damn near everything federal, state and local governments do can be construed as socialist to varying degrees. The Wall Street bailout? Socialism. Public funding for LP Field? Socialism. Incentives to relocate Nissan? Socialism. Taxing oil production in Alaska? Socialism.
Maybe I'm naive, but I can't believe people are dumb enough to buy a recycled slur from the 1950s, especially when their own candidates are just as guilty as their enemies. Is this just politicians yammering, or are there actually people out there falling for this?