This report mentions Cuba, China, and the USSR more than 30 times. But the star of the report is Venezuela, which is mentioned almost 60 times. The report estimates that America's economic policy would shrink 40 percent following Venezuelan economic policies. It is something that Mr. Trump has repeatedly suggested to the Democrats, but neither the President nor the report provide evidence and no Democratic candidate has approached Venezua's policies.
Bernie, meet Mao
The report begins by asserting that "socialism is making a comeback in American political discourse". The word itself certainly experiences a revival. A handful of prominent politicians, including Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a candidate for a House of Representatives from New York, call themselves "democratic socialists." A Gallup poll this year revealed that 51
The report recognizes that these democratic socialists do not see themselves as heirs of, say, Lenin. It states explicitly that they do not advocate violence. But it still tries to connect liberals and their political proposals with earlier socialist regimes.
"There are proposals on the table, such as the Medicare for All proposal, which are very much in line with the Socialist draft," said Kevin Hassett, the council's chairman, during a conference call to discuss the report on Tuesday ,
The report often uses the simple tactics of comparing or overthrowing leading liberal politicians and demagogues. For example:
Chinese leader Mao Zedong, who called Marxism a model for his country, described "the ruthless economic exploitation and political oppression of peasants by the landlord class" (Cotterell 2011, chapter 6). The current US Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have voiced similar concerns. , , Exploitation of human misery and insecurity, and turn them into huge profits "and" huge companies. , , Exploiting workers just to increase their own profits.
The socialist narrative names the oppressors of the vulnerable, such as the bourgeoisie (Marx), kulaks (Lenin), landowners (Mao) and large corporations (Sanders and Warren) . Piketty (2014) concludes that the Soviet approach and other attempts to "abolish private property" are at least "logically more consistent".
And even in the footnotes:
"Speculators" were also blamed for high prices and other social issues, as stated by Marx, Stalin, Senator Sanders, Senator Warren and Fidel Castro, who said they were "the planet in have transformed a huge casino ".
Sweden is no pickup truck paradise
When liberals affectionately refer to democratic socialism, they often refer to Scandinavia – and a number of higher tax countries offering their citizens more robust government services and safety nets. The report recognizes this – and then goes a fine line around it.
First, the Council notes all the ways in which the Nordic countries do not necessarily agree with a liberal government ideal, including a heavy tax burden and a lighter middle class – more than you might expect to see regulated trade.