Thursday, September 06, 2018
"The New Socialism" claims to make you freer
Corey Rubins takes up the balance point for “The New Socialists” in an op-ed Aug. 24 in the New York Times, here. The tagline is “Why the pitch from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders resonates in 2018.
He says that the new socialism is about being “free”.
Rather like one of FDR’s “four freedoms” – freedom from want. You don’t have any freedom if you have to take orders from a boss and can’t make enough to qualify for an apartment.
But, it might be that the best way to protect your freedom is to use it. There is something about this freedom of speech thing – if you like to be respected for knowing it all and getting everything right before agreeing to fight for anything, but don’t really care about the people who policy affects, up close and personal. The answers to this dilemma might be to join group activism, perform service, and actually enter a relationship you wouldn’t have considered before, to fit in somewhere. That’s going to be experienced as a loss of self, at first, but that may not be the same as loss of freedom.