Editor:

The most recent trend among the political left-wing, and to some extent, the right-wing, in America is socialism. A Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey, conducted Feb. 19-20, found that 56 percent of registered voters polled between the ages of 18 and 24 favored a “mostly socialist” economic model, and 48 percent between the ages of 25 and 34 also favored that; 27 percent between the ages of 55 and 64 said they prefer a “mostly socialist” system.

Several candidates for the Democratic Presidential nomination support socialist views, including Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren.

Socialism promises that no one will be in poverty, but all will be equal with everyone else. Vladimir Lenin, a leader in establishing socialism in Russia, promised, “Land to the peasants, peace to the nations, bread to the starving!” Karl Marx believed that capitalism was the problem and socialism was the answer, as many of today’s proponents of socialism believe. They would have us believe that the American economy is bad and a change from capitalism to socialism is needed to fix it.

Does socialism deliver what it promises? History has shown that violence, starvation and misery always follow the introduction of socialism into a country! For example, 7,000,000 starved under Stalin in the USSR, and at least 2,000,000 have fled Venezuela because of severe hunger and shortage of basic goods.

Higher taxes and regulations cause fewer jobs and lower wages because businesses have less money to invest and grow their businesses and pay employees. There is little incentive for workers to work hard and produce since the government controls their property, businesses and income. This causes mass starvation, not prosperity.

Modern socialists answer, “They did not do it right. It will work as promised for us!” Uh, how can you be sure that you can do what no other government has been able to do? Do we really want to take that risk? We have a booming economy now. Records are back at work with higher incomes. Let us not reverse that with something that has never delivered on its promises.

L. John Bost, Strasburg