Recent letters to the editor are from Socialist Democrats tortuously trying to disassociate the current leftist swing of the party from the old Socialism/Communism of Russia, China. etc. They need to be set straight on what the political/economic terms Communism and Socialism mean: Karl Marx’s political theory advocated class warfare, which would lead to a society where all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to his ability and needs. Of course, to a lesser tone, Socialism is a political and economic theory and social organization that the means of production, distribution and exchange should be controlled by the government. It is pretty much where we stand today as the government controls every aspect of our lives.
Of course the Democrats for once are smart enough to realize that neither political theory will sell to the public at large-so they want to redefine both into terms like “statist or progressive.” For sure not the Republican Party of today.
Does anyone believe that Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, etc., told the truth up front about what their ultimate plans for control were? They sneaked up on the people. They sold a bill of goods about the utopia their plans would bring about. Then, once in power and with total control, they eliminated all opposition, resulting in millions of deaths for dissenters. It would almost be worth the certain tyranny to see these apologists get what they seek — they won’t like it. Their messages just don’t conflate to anyone with a brain.
St. Simons Island