John Rintala 
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Re: “Obama isn't a socialist — and neither is Bernie Sanders

The narrative in the US is that socialism is the result of a tiny minority of radicals who hijack a popular movement and impose an oppressive system on an otherwise happy people and that the benevolent US then acts to attempt to protect the people from the evils of their rulers.
In reality what happens is that the leaders of popular movements are mostly socialists of some stripe responding to the demands of the people for justice after a vile dictatorship has been overthrown.
The US oligarchs have "interests" everywhere and is everywhere in bed with the local oligarchs. Any movement which threatens the status of US "interests" or the local oligarchs is considered a "threat". The US oligarchs have a full range of options to deal with "threats" ranging from expressions of "concern" to "human rights" to sanctions to Color Revolutions to outright military assault. Whichever tactics are chosen, the movement comes under attack and needs to defend itself. This means that the country needs to go on a war footing to whatever degree necessary, and democracy necessarily suffers. War is war and an armed camp is not the place for sing-around-the campfire/kumbaya/touchy-feely sentiments. People get hurt; some are innocent. These people can then be used as "human rights" victims and "dissidents" to bolster the campaign of subversion. And on it goes. See what socialism is? Stay away from those people; they will take your freedom!

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Posted by John Rintala on September 9, 2015 at 11:30 AM
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