A mis­lead­ing pic­ture on so­cial­ism

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Opinion -

In re­sponse to “The down­side of San­ders, so­cial­ism” (Feb. 22 Fo­rum):

Fo­rum writer Jim Cherry wants to de­fine so­cial­ism as Marx­ism.

Some of the coun­tries with the high­est stan­dards of liv­ing in the world – Ger­many, Scan­di­na­vian coun­tries, Canada – have demo­cratic so­cial­ist poli­cies in place. Higher tax rates are off­set by low health care costs and ac- cess to qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for all.

By def­i­ni­tion, so­cial­ism looks out for the com­mon good of the peo­ple. We have it here in pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion and pub­lic ser­vices and ben­e­fits shared by all.

Us­ing Venezuela as a model of so­cial­ism is mis­lead­ing. Start­ing with poorly im­ple­mented pop­ulist poli­cies un­der Chavez, Venezuela has evolved into a dic­ta­tor­ship un­der Maduro where look­ing out for the com­mon good went out the win­dow years ago.

– Melissa Lam­prich, Tega


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