Socialist Ideas are Making a Resurgence
July 26, 2017
IN HIS WORDS
A lot of themes arose in the 2016 election, and among the strongest and most concerning to Americans was socialism.
According to The Nation, a recent poll found that more than 40 percent of Americans under 30 have a positive view of socialism. Tenets of socialism particularly took hold in the campaign of Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, whose crowd of largely millennial followers rejoiced in his plans for free college tuition, universal health care and other proposals aimed at government support of the public. While such ideas may have mobilized Democratic supporters, the reality of a socialist society wasn’t addressed in such plans.
Socialism and communism were deemed among the strongest threats to American economic success by President Ronald Reagan, and for good reason. Reagan’s approach to socialism can be summed up in this straightforward statement he once delivered: “Socialism only works in two places: heaven, where they don’t need it, and hell, where they already have it.”
According to Reagan, socialism could only work in a perfect world, and ours is anything but. And, he advised that the societies that have implemented socialist practices have suffered damaging consequences.
That advice seems to hold true in the modern world.Socialism in the 21st century has also proven to be a failure. For instance, a wave of Latin American countries
Socialism in the 21st century has also proven to be a failure. For instance, a wave of Latin American countries
One of the main criticisms of modern socialism in Latin America, in particular, is that it has led to the rise of authoritarianism. From there, it is not a far leap to dictatorship, which scores of Latin American countries have fallen prey to.Countries’ economies have also suffered under socialist policies. The cost of socialist programs in these regions has been linked to rapid inflation, stalled economic
Countries’ economies have also suffered under socialist policies. The cost of socialist programs in these regions has been linked to rapid inflation, stalled economic growth, and an overall downward economy. Venezuela, for instance, was recently determined to have the world’s worst economy, a telling sign of the price of socialism.
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