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Is Socialism on the Rise?
Feb 7, 2019 at 02:35 PM
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The Quick Facts

  • In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Trump offered a pointed attack at socialism, casting it as a danger to American society.
  • The president stated: “Here in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. Tonight, we resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”
  • The remarks are viewed by many as a response to progressive policy initiatives being touted by notable Democratic lawmakers, such as a 70 percent tax rate, tuition-free college, and Medicare for all.
  • Last fall, the president’s economic advisors issued a report entitled “The Opportunity Costs of Socialism,” which similarly took aim at some of the economic policies supported by Democrats in the U.S.
  • In an interview after the State of the Union, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who describes herself as a democratic socialist, defended her stances, saying: “Every single policy proposal that we have adopted and presented to the American public has been overwhelmingly popular, even some with a majority of Republican voters supporting what we're talking about."

Food For Thought

Is the socialism label an apt one for certain Democratic policy proposals? How popular is the idea of socialism in the United States?

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