Believe it or not, I sat through President Trump’s entire 2019 State of the Union address! Nothing unexpected from his reading of the speech off the teleprompter, but one part of the speech caught my attention. He proclaimed, “Tonight we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.” I wonder if he truly understands the word socialism, especially democratic socialism. I doubt it.
Trump is not a man of philosophical or ideological convictions. He’s not the kind of guy who seeks knowledge or is interested in reading or understanding anything other than business deals that personally benefit him; whether legal or illegal, ethical or unethical, proper or shady. I do believe, though, that he has personal and political reasons to bash socialism. After all he has benefited enormously from the crony capitalism pervasive in the American economic and political system since he was very young. But first I need to explain what crony capitalism and democratic socialism mean, in case you are wondering.
“Crony capitalism is a term describing an economy in which success in business depends on close relationships between business people and government officials. It may be exhibited by favoritism in the distribution of legal permits, government grants, special tax breaks, or other forms of state interventionism.”
On the other hand, “social democracy, now often referred to as democratic socialism, in which extensive state regulation, with limited state ownership, has been employed by democratically elected governments (as in Sweden and Denmark) in the belief that it produces a fair distribution of income without impairing economic growth.” Read more >>
Believe it or not, I sat through Trump’s entire 2019 State of the Union address! Nothing unexpected from his reading of the speech off the teleprompter, but one part of the speech caught my attention. Read more >>
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