Which is evidence of the circular problem. They listen to their news rhetoric saying any social program is socialism/communism and must be apposed at all costs.I agree but it works.
It's sad to say but I believe that most voters are ignorant.
While they cut funding to education.
there's a clear pattern that conservatives (it's more than just republicans, it's a conservative thing even up here) that "cuts" is a euphamism for reducing the efficacy of public education and public services in order to push for "free market" solutions that benefit them as individuals directly.
the dumber the population the more likely they are to vote against their own better interest in the name of some rhetoric. the dumber they get, the more they vote them. The more they vote them, the more they cut. The more they cut, the dumber the population gets as a whole while education becomes only in the realm of those who have privilege.
it's a dangerous cycle. Republicans, and Canadian Conservatives seem intent on following this playbook. Look at current Ontario Progress Conservative leader Doug Ford (Yes, the brother of the late crackhead mayor Rob Ford). Came to power and immediately cut funding to education and health, while still spending more than the previous "EVIL" liberals. Giving his friends cushy jobs and patronage appointments paying 2-3x the average salary for jobs that don't actually exist.
Well, Yes, Saying you're a socialist because you want universal healthcare is also silliness and shows a complete lack of understanding of socialism.Thank you for taking the time to reply.
Again, that's not what I am arguing. I am not arguing for the slippery slope. I do not believe that if we implement (well) universal healthcare we will automatically have Stalin 2.0 or Mussolini 2.0. That is ridiculous. We all have to always keep our eyes open, but this is true independently on what policies we implement and on which candidate wins the election. The Patriot Act for example was so big-brotherish that yes, we risked a light form of fascism; we didn't keep our eyes open due to 9/11 and fear, and we got a bad deal. The intention was good (prevent terroristic acts) but it ended up being abused while we were distracted.
Whatever you said in your post does not deny my simple statement, that one can't (or shouldn't) identify some welfare policies with socialism and then proclaim"I support socialism!" for the simple reason that socialism is deeper and requires some important implementations that go touch the economy, means of production, education and so on that are more profound that simply extend policies. You can also put whatever qualifier you want in front of socialism "democratic" "light" "whatever", but the bottom line of my argument doesn't change.