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SACKS: Conservatives Shouldn’t Ignore Socialism’s Successes

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Led by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and controversial New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, socialism has become a key part of the 2020 election campaign. President Trump and conservatives are pounding on socialism’s failures — real and imagined — hoping the “socialist” label will be the Democrats’ electoral doom.

Democrats defend themselves by pointing to Northern Europe’s successful “socialist” countries. But this isn’t socialism — these are free-market, profit-driven economies with extensive social services funded by higher taxes. Socialism means replacing the market economy with a planned economy geared to meeting human needs, not profits.

While millions of Americans call themselves “socialists,” neither Sanders nor Ocasio-Cortez nor anybody else is defending socialism as it has actually existed. Left and right, “socialist” or conservative, Americans agree that planned, socialist economies “don’t work” and “failed.” Yet looked at in proper context, socialism has not failed. The flawed but largely successful economic performance of the two major countries to attempt socialism — China and the Soviet Union — demonstrate this.

It is instructive to........

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