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February 14, 2020

DON’T BLAME BERNIE SANDERS FOR RISING SOCIALISM; BLAME CAPITALISTS LIKE ME | OPINION

Filed under: Economics, Education, Greed, History, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:03

https://www.newsweek.com/rise-socialism-do-not-blame-bernie-capitalists-like-me-1484955

We also rigged the system.

Capitalism is a thirty trillion-dollar game of Monopoly, with few winners and many losers. That’s okay. That’s the nature of the game. But we’ve fixed it to make sure the same people win all the time. We’ve created a two-tier educational system that stymies upward mobility. We have taxation that lets capitalists pay too little for the public resources that led to their success. We’ve put in laws that protect industries and shield corporations from true competition. And we have played off one disadvantaged group against another. What we have now is a game where some players get extra rolls of the die and their own stack of Get Out of Jail Free cards.

We have been hypocrites about socialism. At its core, socialism is redistribution of wealth by the government. As Karl Marx put it, “to each according to his needs.” The U.S. has gotten the redistribution part down, but in our case we redistribute to each according to his voting clout, that is we transfer wealth from urban areas to rural ones, to farmers, to older people, and to industries with enormous lobbying budgets, like Big Pharma. All the while denying that’s what we’re doing. We’re increasingly being called out by have-nots who want a turn at the trough, like the Atlantic’s Derek Thompson who asks, “Boomers have socialism. Why not millennials?” If capitalists are against socialism, then we need to be against it all the time. If we are not really against it, then we need to stop demonizing people like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Much more at the link above.   This is a great read.   Hugs

4 Comments »

  1. Some definitions of socialism …

    The first set is probably the main reason so many rebel against it. They want their independence and their personal ownership.

    — a political theory advocating state ownership of industry
    — an economic system based on state ownership of capital
    — the means of producing and distributing goods is owned collectively or by a centralized government that often plans and controls the economy.
    — social and economic doctrine that calls for public rather than private ownership or control of property and natural resources.

    Other definitions from a slightly different perspective:

    — advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.
    — an economic system where everyone in society equally owns the factors of production — ownership is acquired through a democratically elected government or through a cooperative or a public corporation in which everyone owns shares.

    I think the first definitions are the ones that contribute to the reasons why so many are against socialism, whereas the second set represent are more egalitarian perspective.

    I came across a great site that goes into “socialism” in considerable detail and compares it to other systems:
    https://www.thebalance.com/socialism-types-pros-cons-examples-3305592

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    Comment by Nan — February 14, 2020 @ 12:28

    • Hello Nan. How are you doing? I hope you are feeling better. Do you and your husband celebrate Valentine’s day? I admit holidays mean little to me for reasons you already know, but they do mean a lot to Ron, so I fake it. He had come home yesterday all tired and stayed up while I ran out to the store. I had hoped he would go to bed but he wanted to carry the groceries in for me. He was like a kid when he seen the balloon and then the flowers, he got so excited. I still get a kick out of his response, his happiness over these small things, even after 30 years. So today we are both working together to create a holiday meal of potato egg salad and hamburgers. I peeled both the eggs and potatoes and picked the seasonings / condiments out while Ron is cooking the food. Surprisingly we do well together in the kitchen together. It is one reason we decided to take so much space for the new kitchen.

      I read the article. It was informative but at the end I did not see listed the thing I think is most important. Ron and I talked about what you mentioned before about how the word socialist scares older people because they mistakenly equate it with the old USSR, but as Ron said that was communism and they are different. But in most people from that time they are about the same in fear factor. The red scare, the Cuban missile crisis. It all gets mixed up in their minds and the tRump people will do their best to confuse the issue. For me the real thing to deal with is what I went back and forth with Dylan with and got him to see, he even agreed with me. The difference between Social Democrats and Democratic Socialist.

      The difference between the two is that Social Democrats support practical, progressive reforms to capitalism and are more concerned to administrate and humanize it whereas Democratic Socialists ultimately want to go beyond mere social democratic reforms and advocate systematic transformation of the economy from capitalism to a socialist model.

      The fact is that Sanders, Warren, my self , the Nordic countries, the European countries are all economically capitalist along with Russia. They are Social Democracies. Even China and Venezuela have incorporated capitalism into their economic models. I think the thing holding most people back is the idea that other countries have a system better than the US does. We are #1 afterall. We are the biggest, the best, and most righteous and wealthiest country, so we must be the most correct also right? If the small minded people could only get past their nationalism they would see we have the potential to do what other countries have already done.

      While in the end I will vote blue no matter who, but right now we have an incredible chance to change our country, to make a dream of a better future come true. It is worth the fight. Be well. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — February 14, 2020 @ 15:14

      • First, I’m feeling better but now my other-half has caught the (my) bug and is feeling pretty miserable. Generally speaking, the only thing we might do on V-day is exchange cards, but we haven’t even done that this year. It sounds like you and Ron are enjoying the day. It’s nice to share the “love” part of the holiday. 🙂

        I agree there is a difference between Social Democrats and Democratic Socialist. However, what I was trying to do is eliminate the “political” title and just share what the word “socialism” means. I feel too many end up arguing over the meaning because they’re connecting it to a political party when actually, it’s more of a philosophy — and encompasses social and economic systems as well as political.

        It would be nice if our country was more aligned with egalitarian perspectives in politics, but unfortunately, it will never happen. Too many think their way is better than your way … and will “fight” with all they have to convince you. In the end, neither side “wins.”

        Even more than the “politics” of this country, I worry about the leadership. I dread to think how far Trump will go if he stays in office …

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        Comment by Nan — February 14, 2020 @ 16:08

        • Hello Nan. I agree with you on tRump. But I have to have hope. Growing up I desperately wanted a utopian world. Back then I thought it would simply happen, it had to happen right? I now see how unrealistic and uninformed that wish was. But I will keep trying to forge that future. We need it. Hugs

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          Comment by Scottie — February 14, 2020 @ 16:41


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