Originally Posted by Matthanuf06
Of course it doesn't guarantee it. But you don't make America full blown socialist overnight, you do it incrementally. SS, Healthcare, etc. The left has been moving towards its goal. Sure it doesn't guarantee success or even that such "progress" won't be rolled back, but there is no way to sell an uninformed American populace on full change. And even if you could it isn't viable economically. Privatization isn't a switch you can turn on.
Social Security has been around for what ~ 80 years? I'm sorry, but no human thinks this long term (i.e. longer than a person's life span) WRT achieving any specific goal. Moreover, I'm not even sure you could point to a coherent strategy of "the left" to achieve any massive overarching goal, because liberals, centrists, social democrats, and those on the radical left all have different priorities, outlooks and goals and don't often agree with each other on what is achievable and how to go about it.
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