A better definition of socialist
The Sept. 5 Kids Post told us that Francis Bellamy, as a socialist, was “someone who supports the government controlling most aspects of life” [“Patriotism, politics play a role in pledge’s past”]. That is about as good a thumbnail description of a fascist or Nazi (from “National Socialism”) as one could find, but the Nazis stole the name and misused and perverted the socialist idea.
My Merriam-Webster dictionary, on the other hand, describes socialism as “a political and economic theory of social organization based on collective or government ownership and democratic management of the essential means for the production and distribution of goods.” This defines modern democratic socialism and restores the term to its original meaning.
Ramona Matthews, Silver Spring