Letters to the Editor

Bernie Sanders’ democratic socialism is not communism


Donald Trump calls Bernie Sanders a “socialist-slash-communist.” If Donald Trump really thinks Bernie Sanders’ “democratic socialism” is equivalent to Soviet-style communism, then the renowned Wharton School, with which he identifies himself, should consider revoking his degree.

Bernie Sanders promotes the kind of democratic socialism that is practiced in Denmark and was featured favorably in two recent articles in The Tribune. Indeed, virtually all the countries of western and central Europe are, to a greater or lesser degree, social democracies, blending democratic governmental systems with capitalism and an extensive social sector. The German constitution specifically states that the economy will be a “social market economy.”

Communism is the totalitarian system that collapsed in eastern Europe and the Soviet Union in the ’90s and bears no relationship to democratic socialism.

Max Riedlsperger, San Luis Obispo