Regarding Rodney Nelsons’ letter (Capitalism Good, Feb. 7) ... so socialism is always bad?
What if (like a car, a gun, etc.), being good or bad depends on its user, those affected, regulations/laws/enforcement, and its application. A dictatorship can be good or bad depending on the dictator. The clearest example of bad capitalism I’ve seen was described in TCH “How ‘Fat Leonard’ infiltrated the Navy headquarters in Asia” on Feb. 4. Called “... the worst corruption scandal in Navy history.”
After Leonard’s arrest five years ago, the investigation still continues of 60 admirals and many others. Leonard and his cohorts passed (and at times controlled) “classified information about ship movements and other secrets.” “... he then prodded his moles on the USS Blue Ridge (flagship of the 7th fleet) to rerouted aircraft carriers and other vessels to ports controlled by his firm so he could more easily overcharge the Navy for fuel, other supplies and services.”
Furthermore, behind every corrupt politician taking a bribe (or “campaign contribution”) is an “unfettered capitalist” offering it. “Good” forms of socialism might include police, firefighters, libraries, interstate highway system, bridges, public schools, colleges, the military, student loans, Center for Disease Control, Social Security, Medicare, jails/prisons, Homeland Security, city buses, street lights, etc.
D. L. “Andy” Anderson, Richland