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“Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”
That’s from President Trump’s last State of the Union address. I’m sure many people found it as encouraging as I did, especially in light of surveys indicating that socialism is gaining popularity here in the United States.
Fringes - Gallup - Poll - Americans - Impression
And not just at the fringes. One recent Gallup poll showed four out of 10 Americans have a favorable impression of socialism. Almost half – 47 percent – said they would vote for a socialist candidate for president.
But don’t despair just yet. The same poll also revealed that almost two out of every three Americans – 62 percent – say that decisions about the economy should be left up to the free market, not the government. The same holds true when it comes to health care and higher education.
Anything - Socialism - Results - Lot - People
If you know anything about socialism, these results are completely contradictory. It’s obvious that a lot of people who say they favor socialism don’t understand what it is.
I find that somewhat encouraging. Not that so many people don’t understand what socialism is, of course, but that much of its apparent support is based on a misunderstanding. That certainly beats a genuine conviction that socialism is better.
Socialism - System - Condition - Society - Means
If they understood what socialism is – “a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state,” to use Merriam-Webster’s definition – they would realize it’s the antithesis of free enterprise. That it’s the very opposite of freedom.
Many Americans who say they favor socialism clearly are hearing “socialism” and thinking of it instead as a way to fix whatever societal woes are bothering them.
Attitudes - Way - Dream - Rests - People
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