Letter to the Editor

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To The Editor:

It is about time that the American people were educated and informed about what true “socialism” is and is not.

The fact is that in true socialism, “the means of production” are owned and controlled by all of the people. In other words, in true Socialism all of the workplaces and businesses are owned, controlled and run by all of the people for the good and well-being of all of the people.  They are not privately-owned by individuals and groups. In true Socialism, we would not be totally and exactly equal in terms of how much we get paid for our work, but we would be much, much more equal than we are now. There would not be any billionaires or people who have hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of millions of dollars in total wealth, most of which they inherited and did not earn by their own labors. We would share what we have.

Those individuals such as Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who call themselves “Democratic Socialists” are actually ultra-liberal/progressive Democrats who believe that our federal government should spend more on social programs that help the poor, the near-poor (which is 100%-125% of the official poverty line), the lower-middle-class, the middle-class, and even the upper-middle-class because they also have financial struggles and problems especially when it comes to medical and health care expenses in their families. They don’t advocate replacing our capitalist economic system with a truly socialist economic system. They support our capitalist system, but they want to have a capitalist economic system that has more federal government spending to help all of the people just as our traditional allies do more of than we do here in the USA.


Stewart B. Epstein, retired professor of sociology and social work at West Virginia University, Slippery Rock University, SUNY-Brockport, and Towson University.

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  1. A strange letter from a strange source. Epstein apparently does not know or wants to obscure the difference between socialism and communism.

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  2. Actually, 80% of millionaires are self made. The overwhelming majority of wealthy people did in fact earn their fortunes. They did built that, so to speak. Socialism has failed every single, solitary time it has been tried. It runs contrary to basic human competitive nature, and so it immediately collapses into violent authoritarianism, in which the top state leaders do actually become quite wealthy, while the people starve. We will never have socialism in the U.S., not in 2020, not in 2100, not ever. So just give it up buddy.

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  3. Swung by for a read and came across this old article. My thoughts are, politicians like Sanders/Warren/AOC are not what you think. The Professor believes these people support our current Capital driven economy and system. I don’t believe that for one second. Once in power all that changes. It took only 3-4 people to influence and change Russia. These people are much more dangerous that advertised. SHU Class of 1976

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