Stephan fails to understand essence of socialism

Chris Stephan describes the comments of John Stewart and Greg Neiman, among other things, as a socialist agenda. This is grossly misleading.

Re: Dumb and Dumber letter by Chris Stephan (Red Deer Advocate, Nov. 19):

Chris Stephan describes the comments of John Stewart and Greg Neiman, among other things, as a socialist agenda. This is grossly misleading.

In the defence of working people, who are the only creators of wealth, it is the task of socialists to make honest criticisms of present society, including past and present leaders.

Unlike Coun. Stephan, socialists would not presume to put words in the mouths of others, it is always a good thing to let people speak for themselves.

It is not a question of this or that tax but of freeing the productive forces from the straitjacket of the profit-dominated society that is failing so badly.

The agenda of socialism is the transformation of the present chaos into a planned, democratic system organized and controlled by the majority instead of the present one per cent who own the wealth and by extension control society.

In so doing, we can build a society that will provide plenty for all — no need for food banks or a lack of affordable housing.

We need a fully inclusive socialist society with free education, health care, full employment and a generous retirement.

It is most certainly a dumb system that can provide none of this.

Keith Norman Wyatt

Innisfail NDP

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