Restless Minds topic: Capitalism vs Socialism

One of the fascinating aspects of this presidential election season is how well an avowed socialist did in appealing to large numbers of voters.

Socialism has been a dirty word in mainstream American politics for decades. But self-described socialist Bernie Sanders has attracted huge crowds and won some primaries. Could this be an indicator Americans are looking at capitalism and socialism with fresh eyes?

The Restless Minds discussion group will explore the differences in the two ideologies when it meets at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 in the Sewing Room of the Arts and Crafts Center in Oakwood.

Restless Minds discussions are open to all people with inquisitive minds. There are no dues or membership requirements. Just show up and participate.

April’s discussion leader, Marvin Kestenbaum, wants to explore what causes one country to become “socialistic” and another “capitalist,” and how sometimes more overlapping takes place than we think. Why do many people still go ballistic over what they perceive as a socialist program or idea, yet steadfastly support as our own such programs as Social Security and Medicare?

He will ask participants to describe what they consider the best aspects of a capitalistic society, and what they consider the worst. Similarly, he’ll ask how they perceive socialism, what they consider the most appealing aspects, and the most dangerous.

Economic inequality, a recurring theme in the presidential campaign, is certain to come up in the evening’s discussion. Is economic inequality, as author Thomas Piketty suggests, not an accident but rather a natural outgrowth of capitalism that can only be reversed through government actions?

For more information on Restless Minds, contact Bill Gates or Bobbie Reed at 480-883-7410.