Beninger -ziggystardust -anthonyMI -Tomato Can - For many of the same reasons Trump is popular, honestly.
We've had 10+ years of solid economic growth that has generated massive wealth, but inequality has soared and working class people have seen next to none of the gains. Wage growth has not kept up with cost of living while corporate earnings and the stock market have broken record after record. People are looking for answers.
Basically this. People are mad at the neoliberal consensus that lasted from Nixon to Obama, though they blame their problems on different parts of it. Trumpian "economic nationalism" has a lot of the same appeal as leftist ideas. In the real world, that has mostly just meant his putting his name on NAFTA 2, but the messaging never changed.
As for "socialism" specifically, it is because the right has spent decades deriding every social program and healthcare reform as socialist so the word has been worn down into meaningless. They were told that supporting Canadian or Australian healthcare systems makes them a socialist so often that they started believing it, even if it isn't really true.
Another issue is the wide definition of "socialism". Critics are talking about Venezuelan populist socialism and Soviet era communism, while some supporters are just talking about Scandinavian social democracy.
There's no way you can discuss an issue if you don't even understand / accept that you're taking about different things.
The definition is there, as it has been since its inception. It’s just another case of the left redefining a word because they don’t like/understand the meaning.
No... They claim they want Scandinavian socialism (which is retarded since they’re Market economies) but if you listen to them speak most are calling for free shit. They truly honest ones are calling for nationalizing industry and wealth confiscation as well.