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Updated: May 6, 2019

This article originally appeared on on April 19, 2019.

Socialists are quick to preach benevolence towards the poor and lecture capitalists on greed. Avowed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders is among capitalism’s most vehement critics, once stating that “ruthless capitalism is not an economic model that we should be embracing.” It’s a strange attack coming from someone who has unabashedly benefited from that system.

Sanders made over $2.75 million over the past three years in great part because he wrote a best-selling book. He provided consumers with something they wanted. As he lives in a capitalist economy, he was rewarded and joined the ranks of the successful millionaires he so often disparages.

Asked about this in his recent Fox News Town Hall, Sanders responded: “If anyone thinks I should apologize for writing a bestselling book, I’m sorry, I’m not going to do it.” Nor should he. Just as President Trump was unapologetic about his wealth when running for president, Sanders is rightly proud of his.

Sanders has even commented that “If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too.” Sounds like he’s touting the very American capitalist system he so vehemently criticizes. Seems ironic – if not overtly inconsistent. If would-be, best-selling authors wonder how politically charged anti-establishment books would benefit them in a socialist economy, they might want to consider the life of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who spent years imprisoned in a former Socialist mecca Sanders held in high esteem – the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics.


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