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Yes there are many aspects of our society that are truly socialistic, but are not thought of as such by those who lambast socialism. But we also are a capitalist society and can function with the right mix of social programs and capitalistic incentives as long as we have fair laws and regulations to control greed and excess. Unfortunately as you point out, ALEC has been instrumental in swinging the pendulum in favor of large corporations at the expense of the working class and society as a whole.
Likewise we seem to be less understanding of the strength in our diversity, the value of education and know how, and how entrepreneurs at every level and demographic contribute to the richness of our culture and its economic success. When did our government seemingly become the enemy for so many who depend on it?
Donald Trump by his divisive rhetoric and shady real estate ventures is an example of the worst of our society, but what about the 45 percent or so of Americans that plan to vote for him, if not outright adore him? I know many good Republicans (my neighbors for one) who plan to vote for Trump just out of party loyalty. I don't understand it.
For the young people who supported Bernie Sanders socialism so passionately, their revolution can only be achieved through participation in our democracy at all levels. It takes time and patience covering many election cycles to build a base of supporters and a platform that can be sustained. They need to understand that Hillary Clinton is now carrying that baton for them at the presidential level, and they need to support her and be ready to have several "Bernies" ready to take the baton if they want that race to continue. That means finding the right candidates and getting out the vote for local, state and federal offices..., now and in 2018.
I've deviated from the topic a bit. Socialism and social programs are not something that we vote for every for years. It requires a 24/7 commitment. It needs to be defended passionately and at the ballot box.