Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Failures of the 20th Century: What Have We Learned?

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Failures of the 20th Century: What Have We Learned?

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Thoughts upon reading Robert Tracinski's "Neglecting the Evils of Communism?" (Perspectives, Aug. 8):

What if the 20th century was a colossal failed social experiment that served only to reveal the human horrors of all the -isms?

What if we had learned that buried in communism was the citizenship concept of community? What if we had learned that mired in socialism was the citizenship concept of a tolerant, diverse and inclusive social culture?

What if we had learned from capitalism that a circular dynamic economy benefits and sustains all its citizenry, while a pyramidal hierarchy turns the invisible hand into a divisive, aggressive and oppressive fist? What if we had learned that neither polarized populism nor polarized individualism constitute the citizenship knowledge necessary to sustain our constitutional democratic republic? …

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