Letter: Beem's case for Sanders ignores history

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Edgar Allen Beem is to be congratulated for his candor in advocating Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid. (“The case for Bernie Sanders,” May 7) Deriding most of the other aspirants, Beem is nothing if not realistic in acknowledging the odds Sanders faces as an avowed socialist. Many readers may view Beem’s attention to whether the “s” is upper- or lower-case as irrelevant.

Socialism’s standard-bearer, Karl Marx, observed that all facts and personages in world history occur twice, the first time as tragedy, the second as farce. The tragedy is the millions of people imprisoned, tortured, starved and killed in the name of this ideology. Sanders and the likes of Beem perpetuate the farce.

Michael J. Cowell