DSA Director Says “Current Economic System” is Not Working for the “99 Percent” as Unemployment Hits New Low

Maria Svart, DSA Director

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.” – Lady Margaret Thatcher

Sarah Jones of reports that

Democratic Socialists are not a political party yet, their national director said on Wednesday, but they do want to “intervene” in politics as they work to transform America into a “bottom-up” society where the interests of “working people” come first.

“So we believe working people know how to run our society, and we need to realize that we have the power,” Maria Svart told C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” on Wednesday.

The group’s big beef is with the “very wealthy” who “own” politicians in both major parties.

Asked what it means to be a Democratic-Socialist, Svart explained it this way:

We believe that we should all live a life of dignity and comfort and that in the richest country in the history of the world, it’s possible.

We know that working people are the ones that make this economy work and make this society work. But the current economic system and the political system that we have in place…aren’t working for the 99 percent.

So we believe we need a society that we run democratically to meet human needs, not private profit. And it’s our belief there is an elite, tiny minority of people who have rigged the economy and therefore rigged the political system for their own benefit.

And so we need to work together, as working and poor people to take back our economy and take back our politics and create a transformed society. And we’re an organization with chapters in all 50 states working towards that with everything from direct action to legislative work to electing Democratic-Socialist candidates and more.

Svart told C-SPAN she is the product of a union family, and she learned she was a socialist when she went to a “socialist feminism” event in college.

“I had a moment when I heard there is an economic system that is structured deliberately by people that currently have power to keep their power and that was when I had an epiphany and realized that I was a socialist myself.”

Other pearls of wisdom from the socialist leader include:

— “The capitalist system as we have it now, and the government that is run by capitalists that we have now is profoundly dangerous and violent towards American citizens, not just people that are not American citizens….and that’s not going to change until we stand up and make it change…and that’s why we are building a movement.”

— “Working people go to work every day, we work hard, and then we get a little bit back for what we have contributed with our labor. And our boss gets most of the profits. And so when they accumulate that and then they reinvest that in the casino economy, they actually accrue a billion dollars…so they not only have a lot more money and they can afford to pay a higher (tax) rate, but they have made that money by taking it out of our pockets. And we believe that we can just take them out of the equation. We can run our workplaces, we can run our society, we can decide where our tax dollars go and it shouldn’t go to subsidize their exorbitantly expensive lifestyle.”

— “Just think about who’s benefiting from the system we have now. Do you think that employers want everybody to have a job? What happens if everybody has a job? That means that people can say, actually, I don’t want to keep only 25 percent of the wealth that I produce for you; I want to keep 50 percent, I want to keep 75 percent, because I am doing the labor. The only thing you own is the workplace or the factory. So employers benefit when there are a lot of people who don’t have work…”

— “We are a nonviolent organization. And we believe in civil disobedience and public pressure campaigns as one of the tools that we use in addition to things like mass strikes. We really supported the strikes in West Virginia because it was working people, public employees and teachers withholding their labor and saying this state runs through our labor and we’re going to stop right now until you give us what we need.”

— “Government programs are incredibly important because if we didn’t have programs like that, just imagine how corporate America would treat people. We see it, the way they’re trying to cut programs for the homeless; we’ve seen it, how affordable housing stock is being cut; we’ve seen it, the fact that one in four children go hungry. So in the richest country in the world, we cannot rely on the very wealthy, the capitalist class, the people that own all the companies we have to work for every day …we can’t rely on these private corporations to take care of us…”


At the height of the Cold War and the Vietnam War era, the Socialist Party USA of Eugene Debs and Norman Thomas split in two over the issue of whether or not to criticize the Soviet Union, its allies, and Communism: One faction rejected and denounced the USSR and its allies—including Castro’s Cuba, the Sandinistas, North Vietnam and the Viet Cong—and supported Poland’s Solidarity Movement, etc.  This anti-Communist faction took the name Social Democrats USA. (Many of its leaders—including Carl Gershman, who became Jeane Kirkpatrick’s counselor of embassy at the United Nations—eventually grew more conservative and became Reagan Democrats.) The other faction, however, refused to reject Marxism, refused to criticize or denounce the USSR and its allies, and continued to support Soviet-backed policies—including the nuclear-freeze program that sought to consolidate Soviet nuclear superiority in Europe. This faction, whose leading figure was Michael Harrington, in 1973 took the name Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC); its membership included many former Students for a Democratic Society activists.

DSOC operated not as a separate political party but as an explicitly socialist force within the Democratic Party and the labor movement. As such, it attracted many young activists who sought to push the Democratic Party further leftward politically. Among the notables who joined DSOC were Machinists’ Union leader William Winpisinger, feminist Gloria Steinem, gay rights activist Harry Britt, actor Ed Asner, and California Congressman (and avowed socialist) Ron Dellums.

By 1979 DSOC had made major inroads into the Democratic Party and claimed a national membership of some 3,000 people. In 1983 DSOC, under Michael Harrington’s leadership, merged with the New American Movement to form the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).

…In 2008, most DSA members actively supported Barack Obama for U.S. President. Said the organization: “DSA believes that the possible election of Senator Obama to the presidency in November represents a potential opening for social and labor movements to generate the critical political momentum necessary to implement a progressive political agenda.”

In October 2009, the Socialist Party of America announced that at least 70 Congressional Democrats were members of its Caucus at that time—i.e., members of DSA. Most of those individuals belonged to the Congressional Progressive Caucus and/or the Congressional Black Caucus. In the fall of 2011, DSA was a strong backer of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

With all due deference to Ms. Svart, I do not believe that she has ever picked up a history book in her whole cotton-pickin’ life.

If she had, she would have realized that the Democratic Socialist form of government which she champions is a pipe dream.

Vladimir Lenin said one century ago that

The goal of Socialism is Communism.

And, both of these stages of Marxist Theory have failed wherever they have been installed as a central government.

The reason that they have failed is that Marxism is a theory, not a law of nature, and not an immutable fact.

Karl Marx based his theory upon his hatred of those who held power over him and “the masses” and their failure to “spread the wealth”.

What he failed to take into consideration was the fact that man is a fallen creature and those who assumed power by violently overthrowing the Bourgeoise soon became the very rich and greedy rulers which they hated.

It happens time and time again.

Innovation, ingenuity, and independence are subjugated for the “good of the State.”

Can anyone tell me a great invention which came from Russia?

It was not vodka. It was invented in Poland.

How about Communist China?

Other than steroid-dependent Olympic Women’s Athletes, you probably cannot come up with an answer.

When you think about it, when you put the words “democratic” and “socialism” together, you come up with “mob rule” and “Marxism”.

And, gentle readers, that is exactly the Poltical Platform of the Modern Democratic Party.

They have been having a temper tantrum since November 8, 2016 because the Presidential Election was NOT decided by mob rule and they truly believe that every average American’s reward for working hard is to give his money to a huge Central Government who will control his life and do his thinking for him from cradle to grave.

The Far Left Democrat Socalists who are seemingly in charge of the Democratic Party want average Americans, like you and me, to become mindless automatons, sacrificing everything we have, including our souls, for the “good of the State”.

When Ms. Svart said in the above article that private corporations could not take care of us and that only government could take care of us, she was evidently ignorant of the words of President Ronald Reagan, who said that the nine words that you never want to hear are

I’m from the Government and I’m here to help.

She should be mindful of another Pearl of Wisdom from The Gipper, as well…

“Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don’t need it and hell where they already have it.”    

Until He Comes,



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