“If anyone wants to become a socialist in a hurry, he should come to the United States.” ~ Maxim Gorky in American Sketches
Gorky is right. America claims to be a capitalist country, but it has done more to popularize socialism and communism than the ideologues of the erstwhile Soviet Union. By flexing their economic and military muscle in nations whose culture and history they did not understand, the Americans have sullied the reputation of democracy and free markets, and made people think that socialism and communism could be a better option. Since the 1920s, America has been the world’s most powerful teacher of socialism and communism.
As long as America is a superpower there will be no freedom from the three false “isms” of our time: socialism, communism, and capitalism. When America declines, then the three false “isms” will become irrelevant and will be discarded into the dustbin of history.