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The title of this opinion article, "Wishful thinking ignores reality", reminds me very much of the promise of a utopian society that socialism, epitomized by Communism, promised.
“From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”
- Karl Marx, in 'Critique of the Gotha Program', 1875
In reality, it didn't work very well, which lead to a saying saying from Ukraine:
"You pretend to pay me, and I'll pretend to work."
Pretending something is true certainly does not make it so. Production fell drastically, and the populations that were enslaved by a system that turned out to be very difficult to overthrow had to resort to whatever methods they could find, just to obtain the daily essentials of life.
I am sure that the United States is already in a situation that is going to be very difficult to change. If we do not make incremental changes rather soon, reality will force drastic changes to take place very quickly at some point in the future. That will not be pleasant at all.
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