A column by Michael G. Roskin appeared in the July 26, 2018 Free Press, titled “Strange Revival of Socialism.”

For Mr. Roskin to view the revival of socialism as strange, in my opinion, he must be either wearing blinders or he is part of the increasingly narrow strata who are the abundant beneficiaries of the capitalist status quo. What I do give him credit for is referring to Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as “socialist” (socialist in quotes), i.e., pseudo-socialist.

Capitalism as it exists today is imperialistic. This past January 2018, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis stated “Great power competition — not terrorism — is now the primary focus of U.S. national security.” This statement was included in the newly formulated National Defense Strategy that Mattis was unveiling.

Who are the great powers that the U.S. is in competition with? To quote Mattis from the National Defense Strategy again, the U.S. faced a “growing threat from revisionist powers as different as China and Russia, nations that seek to create a world consistent with their authoritarian models.”

These statements by Mattis signify that the U.S. seeks by aggression to re-divide the spheres of influence and direct control around the world in a way that will further the bottom lines of the U.S. (capitalist) moneyed elite. These people are not wealthy enough already? As Alexis de Tocque- ville, a liberal politician of the 19th century observed, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

We the people, excluding the tiny layers of ultra-rich and their hangers-on, have no interest in a third world war intended to shift the predominant direction of the funneling of the world’s wealth. Furthermore, there is a good possibility that a third world war that might be fought with nuclear weapons could be catastrophic for humanity’s continued existence. Thus we do look to the socialism of Marx and Engels to put an end to capitalism once and for all.

Roskin in his column writes the capitalist crisis of overproduction occurs when wages paid to the workers are insufficient for the workers to purchase that which they have produced. This is incorrect. In fact, workers in a capitalist enterprise are never paid the full value of their expended labor power and this is the source of profit. Profit by the capitalist does not arrive out of thin air.

Peter Lehmann, Newburgh