Magazine July 08, 2019, Issue

The Democrats Are the Socialist Party Again

An irritable red ant suspended in amber (Roman Genn)
Until recently, they had eschewed the S-word, but now they embrace it

The unfinished business of the Democratic party is socialism. Don’t take my word for it — consult Bernie Sanders.

Senator Sanders gave a madcap speech in which he ridiculed past conservative critics, beginning with Herbert Hoover and Ronald Reagan, for characterizing the expansive welfare-state ambitions of the New Deal and the Great Society as movements toward socialism. And then he . . . characterized the expansive welfare-state ambitions of the New Deal and the Great Society as movements toward socialism.

“This is the unfinished business of the Democratic party and the vision we must accomplish,” he said. “These are my values, and

This article appears as “The Socialist Party Reborn” in the July 8, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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