That’s Not Real Socialism!

Source: National Review
by Alexander William Salter

“Let’s be clear: Socialism is not actually on the agenda in the U.S. As it’s traditionally defined, socialism means public ownership of the means of production — i.e., government control of the economy’s commanding heights. Socialism does not mean the welfare state, public services, public–private partnerships, or even the occasional state-owned enterprise. Western Europe is not socialist. The Nordic democracies are not socialist. And despite their collectivist proclivities, the likes of Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are not — in any intellectually rigorous sense — socialists, regardless of what they may call themselves on occasion. It’s quite fashionable to play with socialist ideas. It’s much less fashionable to be a socialist.” (11/09/21)