Sanders wants the government to pay for health care and college tuition, but those services would still be provided by a combination of public agencies and private organizations if Sanders got his way.
by Max Ehrenfreund / The Washington Post [re-published in The Bend Bulletin]
October 16, 2015
One of the most riveting moments of Tuesday night’s Democratic primary debate came when CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who identifies as a “democratic socialist,” to confirm he is not a capitalist.
“Do I consider myself part of the casino capitalist process, by which so few have so much and so many have so little, by which Wall Street’s greed and recklessness wrecked this economy? No, I don’t,” he said, with force. “I believe in a society where all people do well. Not just a handful of billionaires.”
“Just let me just be clear,” Cooper asked. “Is there anybody else on the stage who is not a capitalist?”
No one answered him directly. It was perhaps an indication that skepticism of or opposition to capitalism — long associated in the minds of U.S. voters with this country’s Communist archrival in the Soviet Union — is again becoming viable on the political left.