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Socialism in America, 31 Years Ago

•, by Jacob G. Hornberger

I cited an op-ed in the New York Times by Times' columnist Timothy Egan as an example of this phenomenon. In his op-ed, Egan wrote, "The United States has never been a socialist country."

More than 20 years ago, the libertarian Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman made the same point that I made in my article — that the United States was in fact a socialist nation. The title of Friedman's op-ed was "We Have Socialism, Q.E.D."

Ironically, Friedman's article was published in the same newspaper in which Egan's article was published — the New York Times!

It would be fascinating to know whether Egan has ever read Friedman's article. I would guess, probably not because one would think that if he had, he would have mentioned it in his article and showed why he feels that Friedman was wrong.