Socialism is evil
Re: July 20 commentary “Capitalizing on socialism’s bad name.”
Socialism is a tried — time and again— and failed system of government; its disastrous history has given it its bad name.
However, the fundamental reason Americans react negatively to the term is that they find its thesis, “to each according to his need, from each according to his ability,” to be utterly repugnant and 100 percent antiAmerican. Further, at their core they have the sense, correctly, that it is morally wrong to take from one man and give to another.
Socialism is legalized servitude, and it’s being adopted here at an accelerated pace. Americans are working several months of the year for individuals and causes they often don’t believe in and therefore would not otherwise support. By its nature, socialist governments extract more of the capital and production from the more productive private economy and inefficiently and wastefully redistribute it, creating lower living standards for all.