Why are they so afraid of socialism?
'Socialist' not a slur for many, poll finds
When conservative groups label the president or his policies "socialist," they are not trying to make a nuanced political argument but rather rallying the base with charged language, said Larry Sabato Jr., director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.
The poll's scientific findings, he said, will not likely alter the way pundits and politicians pick their words, because they've chosen a "a word like 'socialist' to feed red meat to their base.
"It's red meat for the ideological base, which either understand what the term means, or thinks they do, and they understand it to be a bad thing," he said.
"This is not language to change anyone's mind. This is preaching to the choir."
Why would anyone assume that the United States is founded on christians [sic] principles?
The propaganda stream, the voluminous talk.
I don't think that what's in the Constitution has anything to do with this.
Jesus preached about taking care of the orphans, the poor, and the elderly. He never preached that we needed to provide them with 30+ years of barely restricted health care with whatever technology is available.
By the way, get rid of all these underlined sneakily placed advertisements!! How awful.
I think it's because governments are so inept at managing anything and they are prone to raiding the piggy bank, so to speak.
EVERY place where socialism has been used has been an utter mess.
Happiest Nations Are Mostly Northern Socialist Nations
The US/UK empire complex is involved in this massive internal debate about what sort of financial and social systems we should have. The choice so far seems to be a ‘no social system’ and a ‘free money printing hyperinflationary’ system. That is, we will withhold services and cut the pay of the poor whilst flooding the empire with credit and paper capital for the bankers. The alternative solution seems to be social services for everyone…and flooding the markets with incredible amounts of free money via endless ZIRP credit created by the government! Wow! Talk about insane.
ΩΩFirst, let’s go to the far right wing anti-socialist magazine by rich boy Forbes. He absolutely hates socialism and is totally pro-free trade and is perfectly OK with offshoring US jobs. Incidentally, he has an annual ‘which countries are the best?’ lists which include all sorts of things like, is your country pretty? Is it full of goodies? First, let’s look at the list of the winners:
The World’s Happiest Countries Page 2 of 4 – Forbes.com
They are all borderline socialist states, with generous welfare benefits and lots of redistribution of wealth. Yet they don’t let that socialism cross the line into autocracy. Civil liberties are abundant (consider decriminalized drugs and prostitution in the Netherlands). There are few restrictions on the flow of capital or of labor. Legatum’s scholars point out that Denmark, for example, has little job protection, but generous unemployment benefits. So business owners can keep the right number of workers, while workers can have a safety net while they muck around looking for that fulfilling job.
Of perhaps utmost importance, nearly all the nations in the top 10 are adept at fostering entrepreneurship and opportunity. Legatum’s researchers concluded that a country’s ranking in this area is the clearest proxy of its overall ranking in the index….Consider that Denmark and Sweden rank first and second in entrepreneurship and opportunity, but only 77% of Swedes and 84% of Danes think that working hard will get them ahead. Compare that with the U.S., the No. 3 country for entrepreneurship and opportunity. Fully 9 of 10 Americans think that hard work will pay off.
ΩΩWell, at least the writer admits that capitalist-socialism works just fine! Hooray! Too bad the entire magazine hates this idea. The US right wing is totally state-sponsored draconian social engineering which is why these lunatics are screaming about making abortions much more dangerous and harder to access. Plus the churches screaming for everyone to have a zillion babies. If you are a Christian, of course, not if you are a pesky Muslim, for example.
It could not be any simpler than that..".