I’d like to start this (probably long-winded) piece by saying that I am not the most learned political pundit. I think, at a base level, I am a socialist, to a point. The shitty thing about politics is that you have to pick–there’s no in between. Parts of capitalism are good. Parts of socialism are bad. But I think there’s more good in socialism than good in capitalism. You can disagree with me, and we can still be friends.
Before anyone screams that I’m a just stone’s throw from a communist, let me assure you that I am decidedly NOT a stone’s throw from it. Socialism is just a happy medium between capitalism and communism, not a fine line. I realize that capitalism is a building block of the United States, but ultimately, capitalism is selfish–which, when a community grows big enough, is a major problem. A modicum of selfishness is important when it comes to creating a happy life on a single-family basis, but I believe that for a community (read: country) to truly be a healthy one that’s full of happy, thriving people, there cannot be a great divide where giant corporations own most of everything, leaving the middle and poorer classes to wallow in the offal of the rich. A strong middle class is the backbone of America, and creating ways to breathe life into small businesses while stifling huge ones is a good thing. Funnily enough, many of the people so invested in Donald Trump wouldn’t benefit from having him as President–but god damn, he’s good at riling unhappy people up.