Originally Posted by Mohican
nah, I think at heart Bernie is socialist. The fact that he owns extensive goods and property doesn't change that because socialism is for the little people and not the capital s Socialists in charge.
He could be "at heart," but I don't thinks that's very relevant at all.
If you look at his personal platform and especially what his supporters think they want, it's social democracy, something more akin to the Scandinavian model, which is not in any way opposed to capitalism or market systems.
Socialism at it's core is about some kind of collective ownership of productive assets, an overturning of capitalism. I seriously doubt he's for that.
Conservatives love the word; they use it to associate pet liberal social programs with failed economic systems, like Venezuela and the Soviet Union. Some know the difference, some don't.
Some liberals think they want socialism, but they really want something more like social democracy.
So I think the real problem is a lot of conservatives and liberals alike just don't know what socialism is and I don't think there's much you can do about it.
P.S. And if history is a model, I'm guessing that if there really was some kind of socialist or communist revolution, Bernie would be out with the rest of elites and the bourgeoisie. Those people you're talking about, the socialists in charge, they come from outside the system. Bernie likely knows that.