Pavlina Tcherneva, associate professor of economics, teaching at Bard College.
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“There’s no such thing as pure capitalism. I think what we’re looking at is trying to understand the role of government and the extent of that role. Because even when you think of a free market economy, we have a lot of socialized [services]—think of veteran benefits, veteran health insurance. Here we have Trump speaking at a veterans event and talking against socialism when we actually have socialized veteran health care. The police force is socialized security, public education is socialized education. So I feel that these red herrings, these very tense kinds of divisions, have not been able to advance the conversation. The way I see it is that if we want to have an economy that is a little more stable—and that’s a market economy—we need to be able to provide some basic provisions to deal with economic security.”