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Posted: 4/12/2001 6:05:23 AM EST
http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-long041101.shtml 73 Years of (Ha, Ha) Progress Socialism may be the most successful political movement in America. By Michael Long, a director of the White House Writers Group. April 11, 2001 9:10 a.m. n 1979, Milton and Rose Friedman delivered the seminal book Free to Choose. One of its most remarkable elements is the now-famous "Appendix A," listing the 14 economic planks of the Socialist Party platform of 1928. The Friedmans noted that every goal in that document had become a part of American law. The list includes federal initiatives that are today neither attacked nor even seriously questioned by even the most hard-boiled conservatives: nationalization of natural resources, maintenance of public employment agencies, regulation of the workday, and federalization of certain transportation concerns and utilities. Much of the agenda was enacted into law within twenty years of the Socialists' announcement — and twenty years past that, their accomplishments had become an unquestioned part of the political landscape. It used to be that the looniest ideas of the Loony Left lived only in the Socialist Platform. And when guys like Bernie Sanders needed the company of fellow travelers, they had to show up at somebody's cell meeting with a password and a dog-eared copy of Mao. But these days, Bernie et al can feel right at home with the Democrats, who are borrowing pretty heavily from the proletariat playbook. So what are the Socialists campaigning for today? It seems wise to take a look at their agenda, because twenty years from now, we could be living it — and twenty years past that, conservatives may even be applauding it. After all, it has happened before. So consider these highlights from the 2000 Platform of the Socialist Party USA — and, while you're at it, marvel at how many of these goals are also supported by the Democrats. Animal Rights We call for a ban on animal experimentatio
Link Posted: 4/12/2001 6:06:09 AM EST
We call for an unconditional amnesty program for undocumented people who should be accorded the same civil rights that other members of society possess. Military The Socialist Party stands for unconditional disarmament by the United States…. We call for … rapidly reducing the military budget to less than 10% of its current level. We call for the disbanding of NATO…. We call for … an end to military recruiting in educational institutions. We support efforts to organize all workers, particularly … enlisted personnel in the Armed Forces…. Racial Preferences [Recognizing] the intimate link between racism and capitalism … [w]e strongly support affirmative action …. We call for the overhaul of the Constitution of the United States in order to achieve a diverse legislative body. Seniors We defend the right of seniors to a generous, publicly funded retirement income. We call for a National Pension Authority to hold the assets of private pension funds…. Women's Issues We support comparable-worth laws and affirmative action for women. … And a Few Words to Dream on We call on all citizens of the world to fight the U.S. military-industrial complex…. We call for children's allowances in order to satisfy every child's basic rights and needs in a stimulating, empowering, and caring environment. We oppose measures that increase responsibilities and penalties on youth ostensibly to curb crime. We call for … public ownership of all large databases…. We call for an end to the expansion of the interstate-highway system in conjunction with the reduction of combustion-engine/auto-based transport.
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