What a myopic comment. That's like saying that asparagus is a failed vegetable because you have to eat other things too in order to get complete nutrition. Socialism isn't a cure-all, and neither is a free market, but when combined, they can and do have fantastic results. Pretty much every country that ranks above us in critical measures like education, health, longevity, quality of life, and happiness have *more* socialism than we do, not less. We are social creatures. And every service the government provides to the public is socialist by definition, including defense, so it's always just a question of degrees, unless you think the government should do nothing.