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4 hours ago, guilluamezenz said:

What do you feel about the word Socialism, are you sympathetic to it and what is your definition of the word https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/08/10/democratic-socialism/

 

You are in the wrong place.  This is for Liberals Only.

 

The Daily Signal is a conservative American news website founded in June 2014. The publication focuses on politics, culture, and other stories. It is published by The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. The Daily Signal has very strong right wing bias in reporting and wording.

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I like private enterprise plus government programs that meet the needs of people in general.

 

Specifically, and in no particular order:

1. Unemployment insurance

2. Social Security

3. Medicare (which I would like expanded for all, but mixed with private supplemental insurance for those who want extras)

4. Military (... and, I'm in favor of compulsory service of some kind, not necessarily active combat, and with some exceptions ... bone spurs not excepted. Bone spur claimants can still sit at a desk and serve that way.)

5. FEMA

6. Worker's Comp

 

This is not socialism. This is socialism: "a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole".

 

Any economy that includes private enterprise is a mixed economy, therefore not socialism.

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The word socialism is about an obsolete, archaic theory that serves almost only to prevent people from understanding economic issues, and is used as a smear word to defend plutocracy and other misguided policies.

 

It's also a word that has added additional definitions, especially when combined with another word, to refer to many good policies - actually, essential policies in many cases.

 

It's used to prevent discussing the actual choices for society, between everyone doing well and everyone doing a lot word, democracy removed, for a few to do extremely well, by instead framing the discussion as being whether you are in favor of Mao and Stalin.

 

I've been saying the #1 priority for progressives in communication is to come up with better words than 'socialism' and 'capitalism' for discussing economics.

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The Daily Signal is wrong about differences between the Nordic model of Democratic Socialism not applying to the United States.  Their reasons are theoretical but ignore one thing:---  Starting with FDR and for about 40 years after his death, we had the US version of Democratic Socialism.  Since we had it once, there's no reason we can't implement it again. 

 

We need to start with Campaign Finance Reform which gets money out of politics.  And we get rid of Citizens United and reform the tax code to be truly progressive.  These and other measures would go far to lessen the kind of terribly lopsided income inequality we see in America today.

 

In addition, the US surpasses all other nations on Earth in military spending.  Since WWII we have engaged in dozens of pointless military adventures, big and small, that have done nothing but bring needless death and suffering to tan and brown people.    U.S. military expenditures are roughly the size of the next seven largest military budgets around the world, combined.  That includes Russia and China.    Currently, the US maintains about 800 military bases worldwide.  The cost is staggering.

 

If we spent only what we needed for defense of the Homeland, we would have a fortune to spend here at home on social programs for our own people and maintenance of the infrastructure.

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