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Defining Socialism In The United States

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President Trump said during in his State of the Union address last week that the United States was on a dangerous course to socialism.

The President vowed America would never be a socialist country and has received backlash over conflating what it means to be a socialist with democratic socialism and communism. 

Today on All Sides, socialism and what sets it apart from other political systems and forms of government. 


  • Aaron Blake, senior political reporter, The Washington Post
  • Michael Kazin, historian, professor of history, Georgetown University, author of 2012 book “American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation”
  • Thomas Wood, political science professor, The Ohio State University