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November 20, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Kshama Sawant will have trouble changing ingrained inequities

Socialism is not the answer

The Times’ feature on India mentioned that beautiful country’s dichotomies, including grinding poverty, absence of electricity or running water and the lowly status of women [“India, one day at a time,” News Oct. 27]. Memorably, the paper’s two female reporters had to be extricated from a mob of “hundreds” of men.

Yet socialist City Council member-elect Kshama Sawant arrived in the United States, a free and successful country with a high standard of living, and rails against the economic system that made it that way. She is aggrieved ["Conlin concedes; Sawant to join council," page one, Nov. 16].

The majority of Indian immigrants come to the United States precisely to participate in a capitalist society. Surely, someone of Sawant’s persuasion would be happier in, say, Cuba, but then, there is no money to redistribute. That is because, as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said, socialism works until you run out of other people’s money.

It is far easier to redistribute other people’s money in a successful, capitalist society rather than actually work to change ingrained inequities and poverty in a developing one.

It is astonishing that an individual who proposes a “worker takeover” of Boeing, to “make things that people need,” teaches economics at a community college. The brave Sawant will want to test her theories in Cuba, and see about that running water.

Susan Russell, Seattle

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