Socialism is “one of the various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods”, according to the Merriam webster dictionary.
The label can be applied to Social Security and Medicare, programs popular with major political parties and many Americans. It can also be used to describe air and water quality laws, even farm subsidies and small business loans, said Chris Grant, Chairman of the Department of Political Science at Mercer University in Macon.
“Essentially, whenever the ‘public sector’ is at work, it fits into a certain definition of socialism,” he said.
In campaign appearances and political ads, Perdue often cites positions on issues such as immigration and government-run health care, which he says reveal socialist tendencies. His campaign highlights Ossoff’s endorsements by Sanders and the progressive group Democracy for America.
Sanders, a self-proclaimed “democratic progressive,” and Democracy for America endorsed Ossoff in 2017. But neither was referring to Ossoff’s views on the issues.
Democracy for America cited Ossoff’s track record as an investigative filmmaker and congressional aide, while Sanders praised his “energy and grassroots activism” and said his election would help Democrats return to the House. Sander saw a flashback Democrats on his endorsement after saying he didn’t really know much about Ossoff or his political leanings.
“Some Democrats are progressive, some aren’t,” Sanders said in 2017. He Ossoff agreed.
So do Ossoff’s positions reflect a radical socialist agenda?
The experts consulted say “no”
Carl Cavalli, professor of political science at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, said that while the radical term is “kind of an eye of the beholder,” the policy changes that Osoff seems to support are not as broad as many in his party would like.
For example, on healthcare reform, Ossoff appears to favor universal health insurance coverage and distinguishes between that and a single-payer system or a government-run system, Cavalli said.
“This puts him in a more moderate position than some progressive Democrats or true socialists,” he said.
Mercer’s Grant confirmed: “None of the [Ossoff’s] the items on the agenda seem radical to me.
They are “certainly not as conservative as the current Republican lawsuits, but far from anything resembling radical socialism in any comparative political system,” he said.
Camp Perdue has made other false claims about Ossoff, including claiming that he was approved in 2017 by the Communist Party of the United States, which the party leadershipsaid never happened.
Senator Kelly Loeffer is also claiming his Democratic opponent, the Reverend Raphael Warnock, is a “champion of the far left socialist agenda”. Warnock campaign says his views are mainstream Associated Press reported.
Socialism has a negative connotation in many circles. It is believed to have cost Joe Biden the victory this month in Miami-Dade, and thus Florida, where Trump and the GOP allegedly played against the deeply rooted fears in Cuban and Latin American communities that Democrats socialists or communists would lean.