Post by Logan on Feb 29, 2016 6:13:16 GMT -6
WASHINGTON (AP) -- If Bernie Sanders accomplishes nothing else this year, he wants people to stop being scared of his version of socialism.
The firebrand Democratic presidential candidate has long called himself a democratic socialist, out to rid the U.S. political system of the corrupting influences of "casino capitalists" and Wall Street greed.
But the meaning of democratic socialism is fuzzy to a lot of Americans, and even Sanders has acknowledged that it can conjure images of Soviet collectives and authoritarian rule. That notion is being stoked by some of Sanders' political opponents. Donald Trump recently said Sanders sounds "way beyond socialism" and "perhaps even a communist."
A look at what Sanders has had to say about democratic socialism over the years, and what the term does, and doesn't, mean.
Read more: hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CAMPAIGN_2016_TRAIL_TRANSLATOR_SANDERS_SOCIALISM?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2016-02-29-05-50-25