Unfounded fears of socialism stopping solutions

SWriters of letters to the editors who fear “socialistic” answers to harmful change need a rebuttal. I’ll stick with the plain-language “fear of change” here because metathesiophobia, is too big a mouthful.

So how should people react when fearful change is thrust upon them; when temperate areas become intolerably hot, when deserts become flood plains and visa versa, when drinking water becomes precious, when income disparity breeds widespread poverty, when air becomes too dirty to breathe. When health care isn’t available to all, when uncontrollable wildfires become a frequent threat, when infrastructure can’t keep up with population growth? Isn’t some kind of adaptive action necessary for problems that big?

It’s obvious that neither you nor I can cure such things by ourselves. It takes group action. We have three choices: We could turn to government and expect to pay the cost in increased taxes. We can look to corporations to offer solutions, though fixing such things wouldn’t offer much incentive. Or we could leave a less habitable world for our children to fix.

If availability of water became critical here (not likely), our view of water policy would have to change. Our shared view and concern would call us to act together in an act of — are you ready for this? — socialism! That is, government focusing available assets to achieve necessary solutions. Let’s not allow fear of socialism to close diminishing windows of opportunity to address big issues, like global warming, like health care, like dwindling oceanic fish stocks, like an out-of-control waste stream.

Forget the old bugaboo Gateway-to-communism concept of socialism. Stalin is dead. It’s Russian and Chinese capitalists, not communism and socialism that pose today’s international threats. Please, don’t let fears of 20th-century socialism cripple government’s necessary and timely responses to 21st-century social responsibilities.

Robert Graef

Lake Stevens

Talk to us

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Wednesday, Feb. 24

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Mobile phone personal data and cyber security threat concept. Cellphone fraud. Smartphone hacked with illegal spyware, ransomware or trojan software. Hacker doing online scam. Antivirus error.
Editorial: Adopt protections for internet users’ personal data

State legislation would offer consumers more control in how their information is used and sold.

Saunders: Limbaugh succeeded despite the mainstream media

Limbaugh’s legacy was built on providing balance to arguments left-leaning outlets refused to provide.

Comment: Inflation is to be expected but controls are ready

For starters, it may take two to three years for a return to full employment and its inflationary pressures.

Comment: Global vaccination not enough to stop global spread

History shows that taking vaccines across borders is effective, but travel is also what spreads disease.

Effort to recall sheriff requests extention on petition deadline

The Committee to Recall Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney (recallfortney.com) has requested… Continue reading

Don’t weaken protections in state’s assisted suicide law

Assisted suicide threatens the most vulnerable in society, especially people with disabilities.… Continue reading

Trump was right about his supporters’ blind allegiance

In his original campaign Donald Trump bragged that he could go to… Continue reading

Editorial cartoons for Tuesday, Feb. 23

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Most Read