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Lawrence O'Donnell: "We Are All Socialists" (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 10th 2010 6:30PM
Last week, on 'Morning Joe," Lawrence O'Donnell emphatically declared himself a "socialist."

In response to right-wing talkers who have criticized this admission, O'Donnell used his own show, 'The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell' (weekdays, 10PM ET on MSNBC) to make the point that in a mixed economy -- like the United States and most nations have -- there exists elements of socialism.

"We're all socialist now," O'Donnell declared. "Every tax payer in this country, every social security recipient, every Medicare beneficiary and everyone who uses the post office is participating in successful socialism."

"We need to take the political sting out the word socialist ... socialists like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell and now Rand Paul should not be able to hurl that word as a slur against other socialists."

We're thinking maybe O'Donnell and Paul can cut some sort of deal in which Paul vows never to slur O'Donnell as a socialist, and O'Donnell promises not to make any more Aqua Buddha cracks about Paul. ('Cause, really, don't we all sort of worship Aqua Buddha?)

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lilyofgallatin

I think that Lawrence has taken my heart from Rachel with this brave truth. I am an American socialist from an old US union family and proud of it!

November 11 2010 at 11:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jonjon140

Yeah genius because Stalinist communism is the type of socialism he's talking about. And capitalism has worked great....Provided of course you're among the top 1%.....Ever heard of the 8 hour work day or child labor laws? Ever knew anyone who attended public school? Learn your history Einstein.

November 11 2010 at 1:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jonjon140

To coupe31 - Yeah genius capitalism is working great!!! Provided of course your among the top 1%. Ever heard of an 8 hour work day? Ever heard of child labor laws? Ever knew anyone that went to public school? Learn your history Einstein.

November 11 2010 at 1:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
coupe31

He needs to understand that Socialism and a mixed economy are still every different. Socialism is against private ownership and a free market. Socialism is government control over the means of production and it determines what the market needs and wants. Socialism is government control over our lives to an extreme, He points to the accomplishments of socialism in this country. Everyone of them is bankrupt. Even Communist Russia and China have abandoned Socialism. Even Western Europe, which has had strong socialists influences is moving away from socialism. What doesn't he understand. He has his head in the ground or up his butt.

November 11 2010 at 2:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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