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Cass R. Sunstein

Trump Is Right to Warn Democrats About ‘Socialism’

Progressives have embraced the term, and that’s a dangerous mistake.

Words matter.

Words matter.

Photographer: Scott Heins/Getty Images

In his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump was entirely right to reject “new calls to adopt socialism in our country.” He was right to add that “America was founded on liberty and independence — not government coercion,” and to “renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”

Yet to many Americans, the idea of socialism seems to have growing appeal.