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Socialism: Myths and Misconceptions

An ongoing series addressing common myths and misconceptions about socialism, especially those disseminated by the interests of private capital.

Latter-day Saints and Anti-Mormons

Latter-day Saints and Anti-Mormons

Part I: A lie is a lie, even if it’s about something you don’t like

I was raised in a family that were members ofThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintsand like other children of Latter-day Saint families, I was baptized at the age of 8. My mother was also raised in a Latter-day Saint family, and my father was a convert to the Church in his 20’s.
Economic Systems vs. Political Systems

Economic Systems vs. Political Systems

Part III: Socialism does not preclude democracy

Another myth I often encounter regarding socialism is that it is somehow antithetical to democracy; that it breeds despotic regimes and runs counter to the American notions of freedom. We often hear about ‘communist dictators’, but rarely ‘capitalist’ ones (though they most certainly exist).
Flawed Humans and Their Ideas

Flawed Humans and Their Ideas

Part IV: Do people’s improprieties automatically invalidate any ideology they represent?

One of my frustrations with the state of political discourse these days, is the focus on people rather than on the ideas or principles that they are supposed to represent. For example, during the 2020 US presidential election, most of the ‘reasons’ I heard for supporting a candidate amounted to personal and character attacks against the other candidate(s). When asked what their preferred candidate actually represented ideologically, or what their platform or policy proposals were, many people drew a blank. Usually, the answer was something along the lines of, “Well, he’s not the other guy.”