February 24, 2012
Your phrase "irate tea party protesters regard federal civilian employees as enemies of the people" is just unbelievable ("Help for the jobless?" Feb. 20). Is this a phrase of the day from Media Matters or Moveon.org? It is so spurious that I find it hard to believe a sane person would put it in anything sent out for a million people to read. I stopped watching MSNBC due to their continuous attacks on people rather than ideas, and you are more and more doing the same thing. The U.S. cannot continuously borrow 40 cents on every dollar it spends and last very much longer (see Greece)
May 18, 2013
Doesn't anyone in this country know the difference between communism and socialism? Russia had communism, or whatever it is called now, and Sweden has socialism. I have been to both places and they are not the same by any means. Sweden has its share of CEOs who are millionaires (Ikea, Volvo), and the rest of the population lives quite well. (They have a good national health care program, too.) Russia has millionaires, too, but the majority of the people struggle to make a decent living.
May 20, 2010
It's often hard to imagine that literate folks living in the same community seeing, hearing and reading the same things can have such disparate views. I thought Tom Schaller's objective and factually based article on socialism was excellent and informative ("A far cry indeed from 'socialism,'" May 18). But here comes reader Julius G. Angelucci who ignores the facts recited in Mr. Schaller's article and rants about "the government taking over major industries, such as the auto and health care industry" ("We aren't socialist — yet," Readers respond, May 20)
May 21, 2010
A key statistic was not pursued in Tom Schaller's thought provoking essay of 18 May concerning whether we are (or should be) sliding toward socialism. He states that our economy comprises 25 percent of the worlds output. But we only make up 4 percent of the population. Apparently, something about our system works well. The idea of redistribution of wealth has been debated, and attempts to put it into practice have been a dominant theme over the last two centuries. It is hard to implement the theory because it runs counter to the laws of nature — some people are simply more gifted and productive than others, and people have a natural instinct to guard what is theirs.
October 6, 2012
Thomas F. Schaller argues in his column that the wealth disparity between rich and poor is evidence that socialism is not taking hold in this country ("Socialism: the problem that just isn't there," Oct. 3). What he ignores is that highly planned and regulated economies are the very kind that allow cronyism and collusion between government and industry to flourish, enriching the few at the expense of the many. History teaches us that socialism is never true to its stated objectives.
September 25, 1990
WHEN THE COMMUNISTS gained control in Eastern Europe, the transition from capitalism to socialism was technically easy. The new parasitic system simply latched onto existing capital and began to feed.Since the Berlin Wall came down, the ravages of socialism have become clear to even the most casual observer: antiquated factories, crumbling roads and bridges, fouled environments and impoverished workers. It is ironic that socialism, which was violently and ruthlessly imposed in the name of workers, has left the Eastern European proletariat ill-trained, unmotivated, incapable of making ends meet and disgruntled.