A bet­ter def­i­ni­tion of so­cial­ist

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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

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