[Swiftwater Gazette] What kind of socialist is Bernie Sanders

Rik Sandberg sanderico1 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 25 08:38:24 EST 2016

Yeah, Go Bernie!

Go lay down by your dish.

On Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 5:43 AM, Ed kroposki <kroposki at att.net> wrote:

> About the article:
> What kind of socialist is Bernie Sanders?
> by Joseph Betz
> http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/thinktank/Bernies-brand-of-socialism.html
> [flagrant espousal of Marxism by Philadelphia Inquirer]
> Reply by Patrick Barron:
> http://patrickbarron.blogspot.com/2016/02/my-letter-to-philadelphia-inquirer-re_24.html
> *Professor emeritus Joseph Betz thinks that Bernie is a good socialist,
> similar to the myth *
> *of the "good dinosaur"*, a movie to which I took my three year old
> grandson. Professor Betz
> says that "*Economically speaking, a government that guarantees social
> and economic *
> *rights is socialist; its opposite is capitalist*." He further states
> that "...socialism does not
> mean Karl Marx's government ownership of the means of production,..."
> *Sorry, professor, but that's exactly what socialism means. *To support
> his views Professor
> Betz resorts to the least persuasive form of argument--a call to
> authority. Professor Betz is enamored
> with the United Nations' 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and
> the Catholic bishops
> of the United States call for government programs to secure "Economic
> Justice for All".
> Bernie may not be a socialist; *he may be simply another politician who
> is willing to use the *
> *police power of the state to regulate business and confiscate property in
> order to meet his *
> *vision of the just society.*
> However, neither Bernie nor Professor Betz offer any logical support for
> their views. I suggest
> that both read Claude Frederic Bastiat's The Law for starters. They will
> learn that self-ownership
> is the basis of all law and the foundation of the sanctity of private
> property. Limited government
> was formed by self-owning citizens to secure their rights.
> *Bernie and Professor Betz, like so many these days, turn the
> citizen/government relationship *
> *upside down in order to further their own self-interests. *Both should
> be ashamed of themselves.
> Patrick Barron
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