Democratic Socialism: We’ve Seen This Show Before and It Wasn’t Pretty


It seems to be all the rage these days, the shiny new toy of Democratic Socialism. We saw it in 2016 with the Bernie Sanders revolution. Now we are seeing it anew with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the movement’s newest darling after her stunning defeat of longtime Congressman Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th congressional district.
Appearances, though, can be deceiving. Recent reports from college campuses show a movement without much reach, consisting of just 57 actual campus chapters in operation, even though the Young Democratic Socialists of America claim more than 250 chapters. What’s worse, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, who has been accompanying Sanders on political junkets around the country, campaigning for fellow Democratic Socialists, saw every single candidate that she, and Bernie, endorsed lose on Tuesday. The whole thing is a “smoke and mirrors” campaign.
As our history shows, though, this is nothing new for America. We’ve had our own bouts with this stuff, and not just with loudmouth, empty-headed agitators, but with the implementation of outright socialism and even communism. The original colonies of Jamestown and Plymouth both flirted with a communal system, which worked out exactly the way all such systems eventually do, with idleness and starvation, corrected only when a system based on private property was adopted. But the most well-known example came from the efforts of a charismatic leader in the state of Louisiana during the late 1920s and 1930s, an unfortunate episode that began even before the stock market crash of 1929 and the onset of the Great Depression.
Known as the “Kingfish,” he ruled the state with an iron hand. Huey P. Long served as governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1932, then in the US Senate from 1932 to 1935, yet he still maintained a tight stranglehold on the state from Washington. Long’s Louisiana was the closest America

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