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POLITICS: Don’t equate socialism with slavery

Letter by Alan W. Robinson, Tacoma on Dec. 10, 2012 at 11:23 am with No Comments »
December 10, 2012 11:29 am

Re: “Demand honesty, transparency” (letter, 12-8).

I’m not sure where the writer gets his ideas from, but I am tired of people provoking fear in a political and social system they know little or nothing about. Socialism is a continuum, and every civilized society by definition is socialist to some degree.

To state that people in “socialist” countries are slaves is ludicrous. I have many friends in Canada and several European countries. They just smirk and roll their eyes at our feeble attempts to provide basic necessities such as health care, education and transportation. Every time I return from another country I am rudely reminded of how less “free” we are.

It is about time these so-called “patriots” listened to some facts and gave some serious consideration to what could really make our country great: that is for all of us to concentrate on those things that would improve our way of life and forget the labels and prejudices of the past.

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