My fear is that daily, we are progressing toward a socialistic country. Among other current events, the discussion of the auto industry bailout smacks of socialism. This fear has prompted my to do a little more reading on the subject. Everything that is espoused has an appeal to those who feel disenfranchised. Although the old Marxist terms of bourgeoisie and proletariat are seldom used, the message is the same - "it's us against them." There will always be those who cannot or will not work to improve their standard of living. I am willing to help those who "cannot" but I am not willing to contribute to those who "will not." Is anyone else as concerned as I am? Reading from the Democratic Socialists of America "This is engrossing reading. I do not understand why socialism is such a dirty word. The basic ideas that socialism espouses of human rights, equal access to health care and education and simple dignity are things that every human should be allowed to have." On Creating an Economic Justice Agenda If we are to reconstruct a majoritarian coalition of the working and middle classes, the poor, communities of color, the excluded, and people of conscience, we must advance and defend an economic program that redresses the structural inequality that corporate power has institutionalized over the past 30 years. The program that follows is not set in stone. It is a work in progress, an agenda for Congress that DSA hopes will begin a broad discussion of how politically to restore progressive taxation; defend and expand high-quality public provision and social insurance; empower working people in the labor market; create universal programs that are genuinely universal and that address racial and ethnic disparities; and create a global economy that raises global living and human rights standards rather than debasing them.