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  •  The power of words is underestimated (6+ / 0-)

    What really gets to me is the power invested in certain words and concepts, with little or NO bearing in fact. The Soviet Union was run as an autocracy, veering into savage dictatorship at times. Mao Tse Tung? Dictatorship, all the way. Yet there are millions of people willing to believe that,

    #1 - Obama, Clinton, JFK lied all the time.
    #2 - But Josef Stalin and Chairman Mao couldn't possibly have been lying when they referred to their own rule as "communism."

    There has never actually been a socialist or communist GOVERNMENT, as those are words used to describe a financial arrangement - as is capitalism. And if you took a snapshot of the actions of the USSR, China, and America all throughout the Cold War, you can see that we were far closer to socialism than our commie enemies ever got to. The GI Bills that permitted servicemen to go to college, and finance a house - socialism. The nationalized systems of interstate highways? Socialism. OUR ARMY - socialism. Any policemen, firemen, our entire system of state and federal laws and the prosecution thereof - SOCIALISM.

    You can't even talk about this stuff until you figure out what the meanings of all these terms ARE - not in the dictionary, but in the minds of "the people." And all the other terms like "the poor", the "underprivileged", the "wealthy" - these just get shredded like confetti and repackaged into nonsensical bullshit by the mouthpieces of the autocrats. Ever wonder how many major newspapers and television networks are owned by NOT-millionaires?

    •  Participatory and empowered self government? (0+ / 0-)

      Socialism.

      NASA? Socialism.

      Public schools with swimming pools, gymnasiums, bussing, athletic fields/programs, music programs, books, pencils, pens, papers, computers, scissors, glue crayons, and equipment? Socialism.

      Funny, right?

      A blip and dip in the 70s and we were duped into dumping the public for pursuit of profit and consumption. It's been a downhill slide since.

      My whole life has been this slide. I got the apple pie and baseball story, and it seemed plausible, and then from the 80s on it was just one broken ideal after another in pursuit of profit.

      And I know those ideals were never really there, or all the way there at any time in our history, but they were still ideals that we strived for, that were attainable, or even worthy of attaining.

      All that died in our national discourse in the 80s and 90s. Today, the only thing worth attaining is more.

      Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

      by k9disc on Mon Dec 02, 2013 at 12:10:14 PM PST

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