Capitalism is synonymous with America. So is democracy. But as obscene wealth increases for those at the top, working people burdened by debt find it increasingly hard to make a living, raising the question of whether these two founding principles of our country can co-exist. The Big Scary “S” Word offers a history of socialist movements in America, from labor union strikes to the first municipally sponsored public housing project and debunks the outdated Cold War propaganda. The film follows a former Marine and a school teacher as they work to prove that working people helping to shape institutions for the betterment of all and holding those institutions accountable to the public is as American as apple pie.