Calling It Socialism May Be Compliment

RECEIVED Fri., Aug. 17, 2007

Dear Editor,
    Re: “'Shared Prosperity' Is Socialism” [“Postmarks” online, Aug. 16]: The "free market,” bringer of all things wonderful, like monopolies, wage-slavery, and the disappearance of the middle class. Yeah, it's those entrepreneurs, generously doling out wages, that create wealth. Let's ignore the fact that nothing gets done without workers, who not only produce the goods but also consume them.
    All that capital that business provides is generated by the labor of those who didn't have the foresight to be born wealthy or were in the right place at the right time. We need to get the government out of the way so that those with more can have it all and we can wind up like any Third World country, where the free market is taken to its logical extreme.
    As for the euphemism "shared prosperity,” we know why it is necessary. Big Bidness owns the media and uses it to hammer any idea that threatens it by demonizing words like liberalism, progressivism, and socialism. Those are made into dirty words, quite apart from any honest discussion of what they mean. What American bidness curses as socialism works quite well in Europe and other places, where workers' rights are respected and everybody has equal access to health care. Over here, the corporate media continue to give us the lie that the "free market" (a euphemism for fascism?) is best for everyone, despite all the evidence to the contrary.
    So, Mr. Totah, call it socialism. But first, go to Europe and see how well those folks live, compared to what we've seen in, say, New Orleans. Calling it socialism may be the best compliment you give an idea.
Ben Hogue
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