----- Here's what's wrong with "socialism"
“What's wrong with 'socialism' ?” asks the learned Publisher Emeritus of the Bulletin. Webster (American dictionary) defines "socialism" as a system of society or group living in which there is no private property and the means of production are owned and controlled by the state in, according to Marxist theory, a transitional stage between capitalism and communism, distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay.
Editorialist Ryan and many US Democrats seem to ignore what the US elections of 2016 and 2020 reveal: that half the voting population of the US (Republicans and Democrats) are individualists allergic to the concept of group living, who firmly believe in private property, and cannot abide the idea that the state (read: thousands of people with no skin in the game) will own and control what the rest have produced and decide how it's to be distributed. These people consider that what they have produced belongs to them, to do with as they please. They want no part of being told otherwise by bureaucrats, at the request of politicians, supported by competition-shy business people
Ms. Clinton called those who disagreed with her tepid socialism, “deplorables”. Joe Biden treated them with equal disdain; as did virtually every news outlet in North America. Yet, these people continued to vote against a political philosophy which insists upon the preeminence of the state over the individual. Why? They're tired of being dismissed, by snobs, whose salaries, grants, and subsidies their taxes finance, as racist, tone-deaf, troglodytes. They won't be bullied: identity politics, gender fluidity, white guilt, cancelled culture, re-written history, etc, be damned. As for crony-capitalists financing the socialist press that's true and their eagerness to embrace the agents of their future servitude illustrates well how their behavior can be as much ascribed to ignorance and stupidity as it can to malice and greed.
Socialism, the molly-coddling of citizens by the state, is destructive of a sense of honour, dignity, responsibility, independence, and self-reliance. That's what's wrong with socialism. No government should do for individuals what they can and should do for themselves.