Opinion | There they go again. For 90 years, Republicans have cried wolf over democratic ‘socialism’.

In truth, I know of no examples of countries that gradually transformed from democratic social welfare states to Marxist dictatorships. The countries that actually experienced communist revolutions were quasi-feudal societies, such as nationalist China, tsarist Russia, and Batista Cuba, which offered no equivalent to Medicare or Social Security, much less family leave or universal pre-K. Scandinavian countries, on the other hand, have larger social safety nets than the United States, while they are also high on the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom.

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