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Here's a slightly different take on why American's struggle with the term socialism.

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Extracts:

"At the end of World War II, the government worried about the spread of communism at home. Business interests worried about government regulations and about the rising popularity of unions. The Cold War provided both parties with a shared enemy."

"One of their goals: promoting the virtues of capitalism and free enterprise in America while simultaneously demonizing the alternative " socialism " which was often conflated with communism."

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