Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Socialism and America

This article takes an interesting look at the history of socialism in America, of which there is a great deal more than most people think, and which has done more good than most would admit.

Personally, I care far less for idealogies than for results.  I have no particular brand loyalty in this regard.  What I care about is whether a society does a competent job of meeting basic needs for most of its members, providing opportunities for the more industrious and intelligent members, and pushing nuisances like crime and poverty down toward their irreducible minimums.  A society that takes good care of its people is good.  A society that doesn't is bad.  Most are somewhere in between, good at some things while sucking at others.  I think we'd make a lot more progress if we looked around to see who has solved which problems and how, then combined the solutions so that most societies would be doing well in most areas.  People hate that idea, though.
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