Thank you for responding, Tim. Policy is the outcome of decisions about who gets what, when and how, Harold Lasswell told us. It is based on ideas about who should get what, when and how. Should scarce means for survival be distributed equally or not? Should inequalities as a consequence of bad luck or illness be compensated? Conservative policies are based on and aimed at inequality. Compensation is absent or meager. To achieve this status quo, conservatives acquire power to stay in power. They develop a system of unequal distribution of power and wealth in their own interest and the interest of their supporters. The general result is 1. an elitist economical, political and judicial system preserving the privileges of the rich and suppressing the poor; 2. rules of the economical, social, political and judicial game that keep this system unchanged; and 3. the rich staying rich or becoming richer; the poor staying poor or becoming poorer. The rules of the game imply demolition of public institutions, a biased system of election of leaders, class justice disadvantaging the poor, media owned by the rich, spreading misinformation, manipulating agenda’s, misrepresenting facts. For all this the freedom of the critical press and unbiased science is attacked and reduced.
In the US every attempt at changing this conservative agenda meets framing it as socialist — meaning the caricature of socialism that became a disaster in the form of soviet communism. Any politician trying to soften the ruthless conservative system is immediately branded as socialist. That modern democratic states like Germany, the Netherlands and the Scandinavian countries aren’t socialist at all, but a mixture of liberalism and socialism in a non-communist form, is unknown or deliberately ignored in the US. That’s why any politician at the left of the Democrats hasn’t a chance. Most of the Dems are conservative too, afraid of loosing the middle class US citizens to the GOP.