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  •  Love your efforts, Newberry! (none)
    An aside, I collect uids. I notice that you attract very low number uids in the comment section. ie, PeteyPuck uid 36 - - wow, the begining.....

    Now then, there was a diary the other day that had a link to determine one's party affiliation.

    The diary was

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/9/24/05750/3543

    and the majority of those that took the test responded that they were socialists. After reading your remarks under 19. Social whereby you write, "Socialism is a swear word in America." I wonder how you would score on the test.

    I agree that socialism lacks acceptance by most but find it somewhat discerning that when tested they discover profound agreement with its doctrines.

    I didn't take the test as yet but must confess my thoughts are I'll discover an affinity.

    My comments were:

    I had to be sure of the working definitions of a couple of words.

    Socialist
    n.
    An advocate of socialism.

    A member of a political party or group that advocates socialism.

    adj.
    Of, promoting, or practicing socialism.
    Socialist Of, belonging to, or constituting a socialist party or political group. which leads us to socialism

    n.
    Any of various theories or systems of social organization in which the means of producing
    and distributing goods is owned collectively or by a centralized government that often plans and controls the economy.

    The stage in Marxist-Leninist theory intermediate between capitalism and communism, in which collective ownership of the economy under the dictatorship of the proletariat has not yet been successfully achieved.

    Not me, I thought we were all democrats....

    democrat

    n.
    An advocate of democracy. A member of the Democratic Party.

    Well, then..... what is a democracy?

    democracy
    n.
    Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives. A
    political or social unit that has such a government.

    The common people, considered as the primary source of political power. Majority rule. The principles of social equality and respect for
    the individual within a community.

    Ahhhh, that sounds more like it. But wait,....

    I looked up some numbers and guess what? We are Socialists.

    From what I'm reading, 43% of our national income goes to the United States Government.

    Wow, when you add mandated regulatory compliance costs are about 14.9% of national income (11.2% federal regulations, 3.7% state & local government regulations) that is 58% of our national income going to government.

    58% equates to 6.7 months per year of a worker's income needed to cover government (federal, state, local) spending & regulations - - (5.2 months to cover government spending and another 1.5 months to cover mandated regulatory compliance costs).

    Yep, we are Socialists. No doubt about it.

    I wonder what the test would tell you, Stirling?

    11. Recapture - - another area that I would love to discuss in greater detail sometime. When used in conjunction with words like value, recapture can promote unusually exciting results.

    But another time.

    BTW, beautiful diary.

    •  Um, nope. (none)
      1. Recapture doesn't equal owning the means of production. It's the difference between owning your own home and paying rent. If you own your own home, you own the means of production.

      2. Socialism refers to an economic arrangement; democracy refers to an arrangement for reaching political decisions. It's entirely possible to have a socialist democracry, just as its possible to have a free-market democracy.

      What do you think?
      •  yes. (none)

        Socialism refers to an economic arrangement; democracy refers to an arrangement for reaching political decisions. It's entirely possible to have a socialist democracry, just as its possible to have a free-market democracy.

        The BEST democracies have used a mix of free-market and socialist ideas to create untold wealth.

        Best is some combination of the 'managed economy' of Socialism and the laissez faire of free marketers.

        We have no desire to offend you -- unless you are a twit!

        by ScrewySquirrel on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 09:02:49 AM PDT

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