What’s a socialist?

Posted: 2 July 2012 in Uncategorized
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There are lots of interesting definitions of socialism—although you won’t find any of them in Steven Erlanger’s article.

Last night, during a concert in Burlington, Vermont, Billy Bragg offered a useful definition: “Socialism is collective compassion.”

Bragg then proceeded to explain to the audience that he’s a socialist, and that socialism involves free healthcare and education, affordable housing, and decent pensions for all workers. A socialism that doesn’t include at least those four items is not, in his view, worthy of the name.

  1. Magpie says:

    I felt rather outraged by Erlanger, so I wrote this:

    “What is a Socialist? I am”.

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