At Counter Punch, William Blum uses an essay on the socialism, or not, of Senator Sanders, to trot out the usual New Deal shibboleths, after first identifying "the ugly side of capitalism."
Following an earthquake or other natural disaster, businesses raise their prices for basic necessities such as batteries, generators, water pumps, tree-removal services, etc.
Because those people who live in earthquake zones or along the coast should have properly anticipated these events, and had stockpiles in place? Or because news of the earthquake gets a survivalist thinking about the zombie apocalypse, and that survivalist deserves the same claim on batteries as a householder in the earthquake zone?  Or because sheets of plywood ought to continue to be made available to model railroaders away from the disaster site, rather than reallocated to boarding up blown-out windows.
In the face of widespread medical needs, drug and health-care prices soar, while new surgical and medical procedures are patented.
Wrinkle-reducing injections and laser reshaping of eyeballs become cheaper, while procedures covered by mandated health insurance become more costly. Why?
The cost of rent increases inexorably regardless of tenants’ income.
Compared to sprawling McMansion developments and high-occupancy toll lanes?
Ten thousand types of deception to part the citizens from their hard-earned wages.
You mean we're now talking about political campaigns?  But in Mr Blum's world, the state is indeed that grand fiction by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everybody else.
Mark Brzezinski, son of Zbigniew, was a post-Cold War Fulbright Scholar in Warsaw: “I asked my students to define democracy. Expecting a discussion on individual liberties and authentically elected institutions, I was surprised to hear my students respond that to them, democracy means a government obligation to maintain a certain standard of living and to provide health care, education and housing for all. In other words, socialism.”
A better word is "unicorn."

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