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Socialism is the sharing of miseries

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To the Editor,

Vincent Burke’s Letter to the Editor [“A response to equating Nazis to ‘socialism’’; March 29] foolishly challenges J. Russell Capps’ article [“Will we too just go our way?”; March 22].

Capps warns us like the “canary in the coal mine” about the Democrat Party’s radical agenda that attempts to push us down the slippery slope of socialism toward the anarchy of an iron fisted, statist central government. Burke criticizes Capps’ mention of Adolph Hitler while incorrectly stating that because Nazis were fascists they were not socialists. He then simultaneously extols the alleged virtues of socialism and champions its expansion.

Socialism advocates total or partial control of either the whole economy or portions thereof. Dinesh D’Souza’s “The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi roots of the American Left,” documents how Hitler rose to power by promoting a re-branded socialist system under the banner of “national socialism.”

Hitler’s 25-point program included free health care and education, nationalization of large corporations and government control of banking and credit. D’Souza states “Mussolini and Hitler both identified socialism as the core of the fascist and Nazi way of life. Hitler’s Third Reich defined itself by championing national socialism.”

Current historical revisionism has given us the narrative that socialism is somehow separate from Nazism and fascism, while postulating that these philosophies are divorced from their communist origins.

Burke brands Social Security and Medicare as prime examples of U.S. socialism but ignores the fact that we pay into both all of our working lives. This hardly exemplifies the redistribution of wealth that socialism espouses. He touts the Canadian heath care system as a socialist example we should emulate.

An estimated 63,500 Canadians received non-emergency medical treatment outside Canada in 2016 according to the Fraser Institute. While many came to the U.S., how many Americans go to Canada for medical treatment? Burke’s call for open debate while criticizing Capps’ warning as fear-mongering is mere folly. The likes of infanticide and open borders are undebatable.

Winston Churchill best described socialism when he stated, “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”

Bill Lawson

Wake Forest