Nation Isn't 'Socialist'

Posted: August 6, 2014 at 4:25 p.m.

Mike Clifford's letter (Public Viewpoint, July 25) uses the word socialism to mean anything he dislikes. A better definition is "an economic theory that the means of production should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole." If you're talking about nationalized oil production as in Norway and Brazil, or setting up a municipally-owned electric utility, as in more than 2,000 American cities and towns, then you can use the word socialism.

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