(Note: We will not be discussing the financial implications of Bernie Sanders’s infrastructure, educational, and medical policies–only the moral principles behind this democratic socialist.)
In an interview with “world-renowned political dissident, linguist, author and professor” Noam Chomsky, the professor stated Bernie Sanders’s policies are not radical at all. As a matter of fact, the political spectrum has shifted to the right from the center. Thus leaving former centrist New Deal Democrats and Republicans now part of the “radical left.” Bernie Sanders’s policies mirror those of FDR, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and LBJ—regarded as prominent figures and political revolutionaries. Sanders’s critique of the hyper-capitalist right is indicative of a moral compass scarce within contemporary politics. His efforts to boost the economy via infrastructure, education, and medicine once thrust the United States into an unparalleled time of surplus and innovation.
Public service such as infrastructure (e.g. highways, freeways, etc.), hospitals, and schools deserve equal treatment in their respective category. Socializing their devices is not undermining individuality or privacy but expanding it. It prevents private organizations, corporations, and associations from impinging on the liberties of others (i.e. monopolies). Therefore socializing medicine and schools—excluding private educational institutions; however not negating their compliance with federal and state regulation—like that of public roadways and transit would further expound upon the foundation already laid. The purpose is not to create more regulations and/or institutions but to strengthen the organizations, agencies, and departments responsible for managing public services for American tax-payers.
In other words let’s compare partly public institutions such as schools and healthcare to already-public roads. Let’s say a large corporation decides to build a highway. The government saves time, money, and effort by allowing the private company to supply labor and complete the project. However, since the company is allowed to oversee itself and decide which regulations to keep or dismiss, the executives of the companies decide to allow only white working class drivers to utilize the highway. Now the group discriminated against—whether they be black, Asian, Latino, part of the LGBTQ community, or just simply part of a lower socioeconomic class—cannot contribute to society by going to work, buying and selling, or traveling to meet with friends and/or family. This is a violation of the first amendment—“the right to peaceably assemble.” (This can pertain to any hindrance of constitutional, inalienable rights.) The government, the designated arbiter by the United States Constitution, must defend these God-given rights of the minority, the vulnerable. Therefore, the government must place regulation to allow other companies to participate in their right to compete, fellow citizens the right to travel and associate, and individuals to express themselves freely and partake in a variance of opportunities financed by taxes.
So, according to Bernie Sanders, schools and hospitals—already partly socialized by both Democrats and Republicans—are no different than infrastructure (i.e. roadways). We are not punishing the old drivers who have used the road for years. We are maintaining the previous road while adding necessary lanes to allow more flow. The goal is to not expand government control but to expand necessary protection to reaffirm individuality and civil liberties, building upon what has already been laid.