this is the recovery conservatives say they want. The balance of economic activity is shifting away from the public sector and toward the private sector. So why is it that we have people running around the country—not just ignorant grassroots folks or talk show entrepreneurs, but billionaire political organizers like David Koch—screaming about incipient socialism?
I think this has something to do with the odd definitions of socialism that are taking hold on the right. It’s no longer about state ownership of the means of production. Now the acknowledgement of the existence of public goods or any form of social insurance is declared socialism.