Individuals do know better than government

Joseph Filko nails it in his commentary contrasting socialism and capitalism, (The troubling rise of democratic socialism, Gazette, Jan 26). As he so clearly articulates, when New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio said there’s plenty of money around but it’s just in the wrong hands, the promise of socialism has influenced some big political players.

The most prominent political figure advocating socialism today is the senator from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren. Her disturbing proposals -- the semi-nationalization of large corporations; government control of health care, wage controls and housing -- reflect echoes of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto of 1848. She believes governments are smarter than individuals in deciding how much money one keeps and how it must be spent.

Filko underscores the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s famous quote: “Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people’s money.”

His essay should be a must read for those Americans prophesying future halcyon days under democratic socialism in America.

Michael Loh

James City County

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