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The real reason socialism is doomed to fail

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Students of the 20th century, or even just those who lived through it, may be surprised at what flows through the news headlines these days.

The 2020 Democratic primary field for the presidency of the United States contains candidates who identify as socialists (including the No. 1 or 2 front-runner, depending on the poll). It contains candidates who “flirt” with an identity as socialists (they defend the label, even if they don’t exhaustively claim it as their own), and candidates who, in the most gracious interpretation of things, claim to not warrant the label, but have dedicated their platform to defending tenets that can best be described as extremely compatible with some strand of socialism.

Put differently, this Democratic field is further to the left than any field or even outlier candidate has ever been in American history. And at the core of this leftward drift are not social........

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