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Rampant income inequality; a rapidly shrinking middle class; wealth being hoarded by the 1 percent; skyrocketing health care, education, and housing costs—no wonder so many Americans are wondering if capitalism is turning out to be a raw deal.

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Socialism is often called theft by its biggest critics, and America is an individualistic nation to its core. Could a model built on the needs of the many really work in a country like ours? Capitalism has lifted more people out of poverty than any other economic model.

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Many argue Americans stigmatize socialism without even really knowing what it is—but the more they learn about it, the more they like it.🌹 

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Single-payer health care failed in Sanders' home state of Vermont because it cost too much. Critics argue that if we want socialism, we have to pay for it by raising taxes. Americans pay far fewer taxes than citizens of most other industrialized nations, yet taxes remain the third rail of American politics, and even trying to raise them is still seen as political suicide. 

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Americans see the way people live in places like Canada, France, and Denmark, where no one is bankrupted by health care bills, homelessness isn't rampant, and people can get an education regardless of their economic status. Why can't we have nice things too?

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Critics of socialism point to the fact that the car, the light bulb, the Internet, the computer, and the iPhone were not invented in Sweden, nor any other socialist country. We need capitalism to encourage innovation.

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But others point out the U.S. is not a strictly capitalist economy, nor have we ever been. The government already provides health care to tens of millions of Americans, through programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and the Veterans Health Administration. 

Plain and simple? The United States is already Socialist, and we enjoy the aspects of it each and every day.
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