We're arguing definitions but most definitions of socialism center on the governmental or collective ownership of the means of production and distribution of goods. I suppose theoretically this could be achieved somehow by extreme confiscatory taxation, and this would probably be the most likely way America could or would become socialist. However, progressive tax rates are actually lower now than they were in the 60-s and 70's. That was the core of Reagan's economic policy, which was largely followed by both the English under Thatcher and the Germans under Kohl. The tax rates on the richest went from ~ 70% to 49-50%, if I remember what I've read about it. Anti-dynastic estate taxes have also been plowed under in the last 30-40 years. IMHO, if anything, we have the government being controlled disproportionately by the economic elite, rather than the other way around. Citizen's United is probably the pinnacle of this. Can we say "Super-PAC"? It's great that DailyKOS can report what American's favor. I favor being rich, owning a life-like robotfuckdoll, and cancer being cured, but that doesn't make it so. FWIW, I think it's fantastic that a viable candidate for the US Presidency can claim to be a socialist and not be run out of town on a rail. I defer to wiskas on this, but I bet this would have been unthinkable 30 years ago. The last viable socialist candidate was like, Eugene Debs in 1900 or something?