The Corner

Harold Meyerson on Socialism

I’m afraid Harold Meyerson has, shall we say, “radically” misinterpreted, and/or misrepresented, my Corner post, “What’s So Strange About Socialism?” My intention was not to use Meyerson’s support of Obama’s policies to prove that Obama was a socialist. My point was simply that it is entirely possible for a socialist to participate in the ordinary give-and-take of contemporary American politics. The notion that you have to be a bomb-thrower or revolutionary to be a socialist is mistaken.

As to my reasons for believing that Obama is in fact a socialist, they come from over two years of research into the President’s political history. Meyerson can read them in my forthcoming book, Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism. You can also get a preliminary idea of what’s in the book here and here.

Stanley Kurtz — Stanley Kurtz is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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