Actually, by the standards of today’s radical right, Eisenhower and Nixon could easily have been derided as “socialists.” Them goalposts have been moved quite some distance.
And yes, in most European countries Bernie would be a moderate or ever so slightly left of centrist. Agree that he’s merely reviving FDR’s ideas, but you have to remember there are rightists in the US who still spit when they hear those initials. Remember the proposal to remove his head from the US dime and replace it with Reagan’s?
Let it be noted in passing that all over Europe the radical right is re-emerging, country by country. That multinational movement is not random or uncoordinated; the US’ very own Steve Bannon among others has been in there stirring the pot. He actually didn’t get very far with his project, but the intent was there.
I’m sure that intent is to drag European discourse, like its American cousin, gradually farther and farther to the right, until even naming unlimited wealth accumulation as a problem becomes “too socialist” to mention in polite company.
Apropos of “socialism is the devil’s creed” rhetoric, I’ve always loved it that many right-wing senators and congressbods who rail against single payer health care are all happy beneficiaries of … single payer health care :-) they get excellent health coverage as part of their perks, at the taxpayer’s expense. So do members of the US military, who arguably work and live within the largest socialist economy still standing now that the USSR has morphed into a textbook oligarchy. Government housing, government healthcare, government education and training… it’s a whole socialist world embedded within the rabidly capitalist Official Story, a pearl within the most self-righteously anti-pearl oyster.