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posted by cmn32480 on Friday December 18 2015, @10:46AM   Printer-friendly
from the how-do-you-spell-that dept.

The Guardian reports that "socialism" was the most looked-up word on Merriam-Webster's site this year, a change the American dictionary publisher attributes to US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who has positioned of himself as a "democratic socialist".

As a socialist (or communist) myself, I personally think it's great that especially people from the United States try to figure out the meaning of the word beyond McCarthyism. I'm glad that people show interest in politics and finding out about positions of candidates.

Past years winners are available on Wikipedia.


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  • (Score: 2, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 19 2015, @01:48AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 19 2015, @01:48AM (#278447)

    the Enlightenment's vision [...] Best perfected to date with the U.S. Constitution

    Let's see:
    - Partisan legislators drawing up voting districts
    - The anti-democratic Electoral College
    - First-past-the-post elections
    - The lack of automatic registration of those eligible to vote
    - Lifetime tenure for federal judges
    - A fixed term for politicians, with no pre-defined method for quickly removing bad performers
    - A chamber of the legislature with a non-proportional structure

    Meh. American Exceptionalism and its promoters are difficult to stomach.
    Parliamentarian systems existed before the USA emerged and those actually give proportional representation as determined by the vote.

    Socialism in various flavors [...] Being based on envy and malice

    You forgot the obvious: Deceptive naming of their anti-Democratic systems.

    Don't you ever get tired of being wrong?

    -- gewg_

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