Socialisms is often populism in disguise, and populism is still popular. Fuel subsides, commodity trading bans and directed lending are not much better. They have the objective of protecting the poor, but the middle class benefits more. Though petrol and diesel prices have been aligned to market rates, removing other energy subsidies is a must to ofor improving power supply. The campaign against socialism does not mean that empowerment programmes need to be discarded. Instead, these programmes should be run better. But socialism, as policy, should be recognised as passe. Kind Regards!