Even in socialism’s most benevolent form it brings suffering. In Canada, from 1993 to 2009, an estimated 25,000 to 63,000 women died prematurely from having to wait for medical treatment, according to the Fraser Institute, a Canadian think tank. The number for men is lower, which means socialism may be worse for women than for men.
Of course, 25,000 Canadians isn’t in Hitler’s league (six million Jews); and Hitler wasn’t in Stalin’s league (13 million Russians); and Stalin wasn’t in Mao’s league (65 million Chinese). But do numbers count? Was Stalin really worse than Hitler? 2.167 times worse?
Canada’s socialism is as benevolent as it gets. But socialism, however innocently conceived, tends to grow up to be like the rabid Cold War socialism of Russia and Eastern Europe, and China. The suffering then was legendary. But legends don’t travel well in 140 characters, so that suffering is almost unknown to the iPhone generation, who are Bernie Sanders’s and also probably Hillary Clinton’s supporters.
The socialism of Sanders and the progressivism of Clinton are inherently authoritarian, which is why, if any of the current presidential candidates deserve to be depicted as the German house painter turned National Socialist monster with the funny little mustache, those two do.