Dear Christopher,

I enjoyed your article. Like my father says, “That man is smart, he thinks like I do.”

I liked everything except that last line. I was born in Soviet Union. Even though it has been more than 40 years since we left, the words “socialism” & “communism” still provoke a knee-jerk reaction of pain & inhumanity.

Sure, it’s a beautiful fairy tale on paper. However, it really only works in the animal kingdom. That’s because bees & ants don’t have artists, writers & other dreamers in their colonies. They don’t have dissent, intellectuals, or individuality. Humans do. It’s the main reason those systems don’t work. That & the complete corruption stemming from the very root, the government without checks or balances. There is loads wrong with socialism, but it helps to see that when living within that system.

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.

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