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Trump offers socialism for the rich, capitalism for everyone else | Robert Reich

To a conservative mind, socialism is getting something for nothing. Yet this is what the president promotes for the wealthy
‘America will never be a socialist country,’ Donald Trump said in his State of the Union address. Photograph: Xinhua/Barcroft Images

“America will never be a socialist country,” Donald Trump declared in his State of the Union address. Someone should alert Trump that America is now a hotbed of socialism. But it is socialism for the rich. Everyone else is treated to harsh capitalism.

In the conservative mind, socialism means getting something for doing nothing. That pretty much describes the $21bn saved by the nation’s largest banks last year thanks to Trump’s tax cuts, some of which went into massive

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