This article is not so much about Bernie Sanders as it is about the changing perception in America towards socialism, at least democratic socialism. It references some of our most respected minds and, I think, is fairly unbiased.
To people 30 years and younger, democratic socialism has no stigma attached. 47% of older Americans say they would vote for a socialist president.
…Despite his self-described socialist views, Sanders is experiencing an unexpected wave of popularity, and is drawing some of the largest, most electric crowds of any presidential candidate so far… ~ Voice of America
Voice of America
As the “official broadcast institution of the United States” aimed at an international audience, it is significant that Voice of America has published an article about America’s growing acceptance of Socialism. It indicates a genuine, recognized trend here at home that more Americans are, indeed, opening to the political/economic concept of socialism.
The Voice of America (VOA) is the official external broadcast institution of the United States federal government. The VOA provides programming for broadcast on radio, TV, and the Internet outside of the U.S., in English and some foreign languages. A 1976 law signed by President Gerald Ford requires the VOA to “serve as a consistently reliable and authoritative source of news.” The VOA Charter states: “VOA news will be accurate, objective and comprehensive.” … The United States Congress appropriates funds for it annually under the same budget for embassies and consulates. ~ Voice of America, Wikipedia
To conservatives, American acceptance of socialism may be cause for alarm. To progressives, it heralds a welcome revival of New Deal democracy. Where do you stand?