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One of Socialism’s Biggest Failures: Israel

Unless you’re an Israel scholar, you may not know that most of the founders of the modern state of Israel were secular Jews and socialists. The system they put in place in 1948 was based on socialist principles, reflecting both the experience many had growing up on kibbutzim or activism in socialist organizations in Europe. The founders created an economic system dominated by the public sector, which to a certain extent fit the needs of the nascent country at the time. By taxing private enterprise heavily and raising money in the U.S. and elsewhere, they sought to build a social infrastructure, including government buildings as well as roads and housing, all designed to handle the massive flow of immigrants into […]

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