Elizabeth Bruenig is an opinion columnist at The Washington Post. We wanted to get that out of the way because she’s not just a freelance writer contributing an op-ed to the paper; she works there, collecting a paycheck from deep inside the capitalist system.

Maybe something’s up at work, because on Tuesday she published an opinion piece called, “It’s time to give socialism a try.” What could go wrong?

Bruenig buys into complaints that “Americans appear to be isolated, viciously competitive, suspicious of one another and spiritually shallow; and that we are anxiously looking for some kind of attachment to something real and profound in an age of decreasing trust and regard.”

These traits “seem to be emblematic of capitalism, which encourages and requires fierce individualism, self-interested disregard for the other, and resentment of arrangements into which one deposits more than he or she withdraws.”

Yeah, what did fierce individualism ever do for the United States?

So what’s the solution? She writes, “I would support a kind of socialism that would be democratic and aimed primarily at decommodifying labor, reducing the vast inequality brought about by capitalism, and breaking capital’s stranglehold over politics and culture.”

Well, she’s doing her part to break capital’s stranglehold over The Washington Post — maybe newspaper opinion writers should be the first to live under socialism and report back on the experiment.

We can’t help thinking though — hasn’t socialism been tried before?

Can you believe they picked her up from The New Republic?


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