Although I agree with a lot of what you say Caitlin, I would never call myself a socialist because recent history (1917 onwards) shows us successful socialist movements always drift towards tyranny. Soviet Russia and its satellite states, Communist china, Cuba etc. Even the usually cited socialist success story, Sweden, was a capitalist economy and a democratic socialist society. And now, even in Sweden, we see a nasty authoritarianism emerging in response to the first serious challenge to the establishment in a hundred years.
In fact the ‘far right’ Sweden Democrats are not really right wing on very much except immigration, law and order and further political integration within the EU. On some things, including healthcare, social housing and family support they are to the left of most European mainstream socialist parties.
Ah but in Europe, immigration and the push for global government are the ONLY things many socialists want to talk about.

The problem with pragmatic socialism, as with my own position, classical liberalism, is that the ideologies are suited to opposition, not government.
So you are doing right in encouraging people to question authority, to challenge corporate narratives be they the narratives of corporate business or the corporate state. It’s time to put the rulers back within reach of the people they rule.

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