Why ‘Real’ Socialism Leads to Tyranny

By Jarrett Stepman:

“Real socialism hasn’t been tried!”

Anyone who’s gone to college in the past few decades has probably heard some form of this phrase to excuse the failures of socialism and distinguish between “nice” socialism and the “mean” socialism of, say, Fidel Castro’s Cuba.

Oh, and maybe communist Cuba isn’t all bad, they say. Well, yes it was and still is. Regardless of the excuses for actual authoritarian regimes, socialists typically try to soften what their ideas would look like in reality and dodge the endless historical and present examples of the ideology’s failure.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I.-Vt., continually tries to thread this needle—essentially relying on the old Cold War leftist analogy of not wanting to be like Washington or Moscow.

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