Jeff Deist on Why Socialism Persists

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This week Jeff takes a hard look at socialism and why it seems to gain greater support in the US and across the West. Do people really understand socialism as Mises did, and do they really want collective ownership of industry? Or do they just want what he termed “pseudo-socialist” economic systems that redistribute wealth? What motivates socialists? And how do they reconcile their moralizing self-regard with the doctrine that socialism is inevitable and inexorable?

Mises’s Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis.

Jeff Deist on why support for socialism persists.

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