Voices from the Past: Bernie Sanders on What it Means to be Socialist

Bernie Sanders at the time of his election to the Senate from New Hampshire in 2006:

“Well, I think it (socialism) means the government has got to play a very important role in making sure that as a right of citizenship, all of our people have healthcare; that as a right, all of our kids, regardless of income, have quality childcare, are able to go to college without going deeply into debt; that it means we do not allow large corporations and moneyed interests to destroy our environment; that we create a government in which it is not dominated by big money interests. I mean, to me, it means democracy, frankly. That’s all it means. And we are living in an increasingly undemocratic society in which decisions are made by people who have huge sums of money.  And that’s the goal that we have to achieve.”

–Sanders interviewed by Amy Goodman in Montpelier, Vt., for Democracy Now, the independent news programs.

(OK, Bernie, If that’s what it means to be a Socialist, where do we sign?)