Socialism For The Uninformed

Thursday's Editorial - May 26, 2016


1. What is the main idea of Thomas Sowell’s commentary?

2. a) Which of the following statements made by Thomas Sowell are new to you?
b) Ask a parent the same question.

3. Do you support Sen. Sanders for president? If so, how would you refute Dr. Sowell’s assertion:

“It is only when you go beyond rhetoric, and start looking at hard facts, that socialism turns out to be a big disappointment, if not a disaster.”

CHALLENGE: Socialists point out the inequality of wealth, or the wealth gap between the rich and the poor. Those who say capitalism is the best economic system point out that the standard of living in free market (capitalist) economies far surpasses that of people living in government-run (socialist) economies. It is important to know the facts that support each side of an issue before forming your own opinion. Pay attention to news reports: which side gets more coverage: those who support a socialist economy, or those who support a capitalist economy? Which side gets challenged and/or criticized by the media?