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Hendrick Hertzberg reminds us that only in the U.S. is 'socialism' a dirty word. When you get beyond the word in scare quotes, a lot of us, including Sarah Palin, could really warm up to sharing the wealth.

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Hendrick Hertzberg provides the familiar reasons that making the tax system more fair is hardly socialism. He also points out that the 'socialism'- baiters are usually pointing to European social democracies, which suffer such horrendous privations as "excellent public education, anxiety-free health care, and decent public transportation."

But Hertzberg saves the best for last. He quotes the Alaskan governor praising her state's enlightened approach to managing its resources:

"we’re set up, unlike other states in the union, where it’s collectively Alaskans own the resources. So we share in the wealth when the development of these resources occurs."

Originally posted to Chilly Freeze on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 08:59 AM PDT.

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