The socialist economy has become so strong, so vigorous that from the summits we have reached we can issue an open challenge of peaceful economic competition to the most powerful capitalist country—the United States of America.
Nikita Khrushchev, October 27, 1961-Concluding speech 22 Congress Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Future historians will have a field day explaining the popularity of socialism, perhaps especially in its democratic variants:
Go here to read the rest. Socialism, the eternal belief that I could be rich if only that rotten rich guy didn’t have so much. Envy masquerading as economics always works out badly.