Letters, Apr. 3, 1978

Socialism

To the Editors:

TIME'S article "Socialism: Trials and Errors" [March 13] presents an excellent defense for our present socioeconomic system against socialism. No nation, however, has adopted socialism as a result of victories in debates on the subject. Throughout history, the basic human rights have been the opportunity to obtain "food, shelter and clothing." When the existing system in a nation becomes unable to sustain those rights adequately for the majority of the people, history shows, some form of socialism inevitably has followed.

The foregoing facts obviously point to what is the basic...

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