Zeeshan Aleem | Mic | Yahoo News | November 19, 2015
On Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) made the long-awaited case for why the word “socialism” isn’t a slur.
While many political observers were once convinced that the Vermont senator’s self-description as a “democratic socialist” would hobble his White House run, he’s managed to become a legitimate contender for the Democratic nomination.
And so the time had come for him to clarify his affiliation with the loaded S-word. Among young people, “socialism” doesn’t carry the same negative connotation it once did, but it’s still a term considered inherently pejorative across much of America. Sanders, 74, is old enough to recall the poisonous effects of being perceived as sympathetic to communism during the era of McCarthyism.