VDH argues that there are no real socialists.

Who are socialists?

There are none. Only technocratic overseers who wish to give someone else's money to others as a means of winning capitalist-style lifestyles and power for themselves -- in a penultimate cycle of unsustainable spending. When this latest attempt at statism is over, Barack Obama will enjoy a sort of Clintonism, a globe-trotting post officium lifestyle of multimillion dollar honoraria to fund a lifestyle analogous to "two Americas" John Edwards, "earth in the balance" Al Gore, a tax-exempt yachting John Kerry, a revolving-door Citibank grandee like Peter Orszag, or a socialist Strauss-Kahn in $20,000 suits doling out billions to the "poor."

Socialism and leftism in general aren't really about equality or helping the "poor", they're just tools for acquiring power. No one with power or influence actually believes any leftist nonsense.

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