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If you want to help people, is socialism the answer?

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About a third of Americans today believe socialism is a form of “social kindness” by the government. But true socialism isn’t the social safety net, but rather when the government controls most prices, businesses, property, and other aspects of economic life.

As this video by PolicyEd explains, the historical record of socialism has been a wreckage of  stagnating economies and human rights violations. The truth of a hundred years of hard experience is that people do not prosper in socialist countries.

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Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).

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