KUTV News on Oct. 25 aired a piece that it curiously labeled an examination of what socialism would look like today. The examples contrasted the brilliantly successful Nordic countries with the abject failures in Venezuela and Brazil. In doing so, the report demonstrated that the success of a country has little to do with the degree of socialism but everything to do with the level of corruption society tolerates in people’s lives and leadership.

The obvious takeaway is that respect for the rule of law is critical and that we need to hold our economic and political leadership to a high standard of ethics. The lesson is that in a democratic society, that is always up to us.

Dan Cortsen, Sandy