In recent weeks, Trump and other Republicans have argued that Democrats rob consumers of comfort, such as cars and hamburgers, using a definition of socialism that comes from times that are truly existential threats in the form of communism to the Soviet Union.
This is not the world of Trump. When he raised young and conservative activists during the conservative political action conference last weekend, Trump brought four separate "socialism" with four separate beds:
But Democrats sell softer socialism, relying on the government as a solution to rising health costs, inequality, and a new and more dangerous existential threat – climate change – that many fears literally kill the earth.
The audience is too young for the electorate to remember the Cold War. Mr. Alexandria, Ocasio-Cortez, was born in October 1989, the month before the Berlin Wall, and two years before the collapse of the Soviet Union. This group of socialism is in the social media of Northern Europe, where childcare is free, almost everyone has a job, health care is provided and pension is guaranteed.
Socialism clearly has a moment in the American political debate, thanks to democrats such as Ocasio-Corte, the main spokesman for the Green New Deal, and a more socialist party that imagined the American economy as one of the ways to combat climate change. change.
This is also the result of Bernie Sanders, Vermont's independent, democratic Democratic Socialist nomination for 2016 for the second time. By the way, Sanders is the only person who currently runs the Democratic primary, who calls himself a democratic socialist. Ohio sen. Sherrod Brown, who is considering a run, calls himself progressive. Massachusetts sen. Elizabeth Warren, who loves Sanders like Wall Street and the big banks, said quite clearly that he considered himself a capitalist.
The primary issue of democracy may well be how much the Democrats want to embrace the label of socialism, and whether the American politics will continue to be dirty.
In an NBC News / Wall Street Journal poll on Monday, only 18% of Americans favored socialism, 50% were negative, and 26% neutral. At the same time, capitalism was contrary to the mirror: 50% were positive, 19% negative, and 25% neutral.
Worse than someone like Sanders, the voters asked us what might be enthusiastic about the candidate. The "socialist" candidate drew the most skepticism. Four percent of registered voters said they were enthusiastic about a socialist candidate. Four! That said, 25% said they were enthusiastic or comfortable, and 72% said they would live with reservations or very uncomfortable.
But there is another important element that must be taken into account in terms of socialism. Most of the skepticism associated with socialism comes from older American generations. Trump Baby Boomers, born in 1946 at the beginning of Baby Boom, grew from nuclear disorder and saw the Soviet Union as the main existential threat to the US.
Now, their mistrust of socialism is that Trump is engaged in banking, even though these Boomers include two US government safety nets for social security and Medicare.
Less than one-third of voters aged 65 and older look positive on socialism in the Gallup poll from August 2018.
Meanwhile, positive views of socialism among 18-29 year olds, each born after the fall of the Soviet Union, are stronger than 50% from 2010 onwards. In the general Millennium age group, 30% in the positive and generic X generation.
This is important because of the number of voters in the younger age groups.
Voters born after 1996 after the Z generation will be about 10% of eligible voters in 2020. Millennials will be around 27%.
The X generation, born between 1965 and 1980, and thus very cold war memories, will be about 25% of the population.
Only the oldest voters may be old enough to remember the high water mark of American Socialism before the Cold War or the Soviet Union in 1920 when Eugene Debs, outside the larger party system, received 3.4% of US presidential election. socialist.