Socialism, in the face of President Donald Trump’s rise to the White House, has seen a surge of activism, with membership to the Democratic Socialists of America jumping to record levels and tripling in size over the last year.
Call it the year of the snowflakes.
“People really felt that they had to do something to combat the incoming Trump administration,” said David Duhalde, deputy director of the DSA’s national leadership, in the Los Angeles Times. “We’re not only somebody you can resist Trump with. We’re somebody you can build a better world with.”
It’d be nice if socialists could offer up a solid example of where in the world their particular brand of government take-over has proven a success. Sweden used to be their go-to example. But lately, Sweden, with its over-generous use of taxpayer dollars to fund cradle-to-grave entitlements, has been swarmed by needy refugees from mostly Muslim nations who’ve not exactly proven adaptable to polite society.
Even if Sweden weren’t being overrun with crime-committing migrants right now, the country’s still not the best example of socialism. It’s more like a mass entitlement nation — like an America under Democratic control, on steroids.