For some reason, there has been a spate of pro-socialism letters to the editor in the Red River Valley of late.

A letter to the editor of the Fargo Forum this week derided President Donald Trump’s stand against socialism during his State of the Union speech by making the rather bizarre claim that “socialism and private enterprise work very well together.”

This may come as a surprise to generations of left-wing activists and socialist organizers who generally treat capitalism and socialism as incompatible.

To bolster this argument the letter writer, one Larry Larsen, lists a whole host of government institutions he argues are examples of socialism:

"Public schools including colleges and universities, libraries, water plants and water distribution systems, all federal and state highways, the lights that illuminate cities streets, police and fire departments, the North Dakota Department of Transportation, the Bank of North Dakota, every branch of the U.S. military, public jails and prisons, public parks and National Parks and public parking are a few examples of socialism. Other examples are Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Garrison Dam was built with tax monies; therefore it is an example of socialism. The National Weather Service and veterans hospitals are also examples of socialism. Anything public is a symbol of socialism."

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