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Should socialism be a dirty word in America?




Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont speaks at a concert he was hosting to raise support for his campaign at the Adler Theater on October 23, 2015 in Davenport, Iowa.
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont speaks at a concert he was hosting to raise support for his campaign at the Adler Theater on October 23, 2015 in Davenport, Iowa.
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Socialism means many different things to many different people, and it means a lot to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. 

Friday morning, the senator from Vermont appeared on NPR's Morning Edition, where he defined socialism as an effort to create a society where all people can live with dignity. 

Is socialism that simple, and why are so many Americans turned off by that term? 

Peter Dreier, a professor of politics and public policy at Occidental College, joins the show to explain more.