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That Reputation Was Earned Long Ago

Here’s a letter to the Wall Street Journal:


I’m surprised by this subheading to your series of letters on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gives socialism a bad name” (Feb. 26).

At least among informed people, socialism’s consistent record of tyranny and crushing poverty earned for it a bad name long ago. A sober understanding of socialism’s evils did not have to await the appalling economic ignorance and irresponsible political shenanigans put into play by AOC.

Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030