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Readers' forum: Socialism and protests

Published: Monday, Oct. 17 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

Police look on as protesters, who are part of the Occupy London Stock Exchange demonstration continue their demonstration outside St Paul's Cathedral, London Sunday Oct. 16, 2011. Protesters in cities across Europe take part in rallies inspired by the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in the United States, expressing their frustration at social inequality and corporate greed.

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I have watched the coverage of the Wall Street protests, and I am perplexed and disturbed at the number of 20- to 30-year-olds who are denouncing capitalism and praising socialism. Have they ever heard of the USSR, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or the Nationial Socialist German Workers Party, the Nazi Party?

They were both bad for freedom, prosperity, innovation, growth, private ownership, the pursuit of happiness and life. These kids need to get off the street and back in the classroom. On second thought, maybe that's part of the problem.

Gary Russon

Salt Lake City

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