Readers React: Democratic socialism has succeeded in many more places than it has failed

Jon Torsch
A member of the Southern Maine Democratic Socialists of America participates in a discussion at City Hall in Portland, Maine.
(Charles Krupa / Associated Press)

To the editor: One letter writer asks, “How can we guarantee that a democratic socialist takeover of the Democratic Party will not descend into the same chaos we see currently in ‘socialist’ countries like Venezuela and Nicaragua?”

Why do people so often cite the failures of democratic socialism by cherry picking their examples? Why not cite Germany, France, Sweden, Denmark, Great Britain, Japan, Australia, Italy, Canada, Norway, Spain, Finland, Ireland, Belgium, New Zealand, Austria, Switzerland or the Netherlands — all countries that have successfully achieved a balance between capitalism and socialism?

No country is perfect, but citing the worst examples does not move the conversation forward in any meaningful way.

Bruce Scottow, Los Angeles


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