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.
Is it such a bad idea? I’m not so naive to think it’s a cure-all for the woes of our government, but with so many dissatisfied customers you’d think they’d have made some prominent changes by now. It’s kind of surprising to me that whenever I mention anything about socialism, even just saying the word, there’s a huge negative reaction, people automatically think I want a socialist government. They associate socialism with Communism and Marxism, which in turn gives people the impression that I want everything given to me. They think I’m lazy, don’t have a job, on welfare, and shop at Walmart in my PJs.
I’ve been a dissatisfied voter/citizen since I was old enough to vote. Why? It’s not because I think everything should be handed to me without any effort on my part. It’s not because I haven’t worked since leaving home when I was 17. It’s not because I think I should have more stuff than you, or that I want what you have. Why am I dissatisfied? I’m dissatisfied because life isn’t fair. And life isn’t fair because I think it was meant to be unfair. I also think that because I live in a country that gives me the freedom to do what I please, I can create fairness in my own life.
Since it can be an epic struggle to attain fairness, I certainly believe that receiving help from time to time, is a good thing. So far, thanks to family and friends, I’ve not needed any help from the government. But to say that just because someone needs such help makes that person a lazy good-for-nothing bum is a bit cruel. Unfortunately there are millions of Americans who think just that.
There are also millions of Americans who think you’re a freeloader if you mention anything positive about socialism. Why are we so closed-minded about certain things that make us uncomfortable? Why can’t there be positive dialog without vicious attacks on one’s character?
Life isn’t fair, but is that reason enough to be
assholes mean to each other?!?