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Socialism Reincarnated

Why Joshua Muravchik is republishing his history of socialism

The word “socialism” — like capitalism, liberalism, and fascism — means different things to different people.

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Resurrecting the Corpse

So what should we make of the rapid ascent of self-avowed socialist politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib? Considering that the Democratic Socialists of America, of which they are members, stands in solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution, we probably ought to be worried.

But What About Sweden?

Neither are “social democracies” in countries like Norway and Sweden the shining beacons of socialism their proponents claim them to be. After a few decades of lukewarm socialism, most Nordic countries embraced free markets in most areas — using the explosive growth allowed by capitalism to generate revenues for a more expansive welfare state.

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