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Aug 26 2015

The Great Unlearning

Bill Whittle attempts to explain how American society is becoming so excruciatingly, catastrophically, unnecessarily stupid:

On a tip from TED.



  • Jim

    Well, there’s one point there, the astronauts did not land on the moon, they landed in Akron, Ohio. Ever been to Akron? It looks just like the moon.

  • Jim

    Well, there’s one point there, the astronauts did not land on the moon, they landed in Akron, Ohio. Ever been to Akron? It looks just like the moon.

  • Jrock

    One the causes for this great unlearning was that the baby-boomers (AKA the Me generation) were too lazy to worry about their own children’s education. When I ask people my parent’s age (75-80 y.o.) what they learned in high school, it’s usually comes back as things they don’t get to until grad school these days.

  • Jrock

    One the causes for this great unlearning was that the baby-boomers (AKA the Me generation) were too lazy to worry about their own children’s education. When I ask people my parent’s age (75-80 y.o.) what they learned in high school, it’s usually comes back as things they don’t get to until grad school these days.

  • Appalled By The World

    Just the way history has been distorted in recent years shows how stupid the sheeple of the OPR are.

  • Appalled By The World

    Just the way history has been distorted in recent years shows how stupid the sheeple of the OPR are.

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  • johnnosk

    Ever been to a place in NSW called Parkes? That is where the dish that received the transmissions from Apollo 11 is stationed while the moon was on the opposite side of the planet to the US!

  • johnnosk

    Ever been to a place in NSW called Parkes? That is where the dish that received the transmissions from Apollo 11 is stationed while the moon was on the opposite side of the planet to the US!

  • johnnosk

    Over the last year the mythos of Michael Bown has been an excellent example of history being rewritten

  • johnnosk

    Over the last year the mythos of Michael Bown has been an excellent example of history being rewritten

  • Jim

    Parkes no, Goldstone yes. Help build the feed system for the dish.

  • Jim

    Parkes no, Goldstone yes. Help build the feed system for the dish.

  • Appalled By The World

    At the rate we’re going all kids will know of this “martyr” while not having a clue who George Washington was.

  • Appalled By The World

    At the rate we’re going all kids will know of this “martyr” while not having a clue who George Washington was.

  • Deathstroke

    This movie comes to mind. (If you’ve got an hour to kill.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPScQdoUIxE

  • Deathstroke

    This movie comes to mind. (If you’ve got an hour to kill.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPScQdoUIxE

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  • MrRightWingDave

    I watched that movie with a twenty year old, and he asked,”wasn’t that FUNNY?”, and I replied, “Funny??? It scared the shit out of me!”

  • David

    I watched that movie with a twenty year old, and he asked,”wasn’t that FUNNY?”, and I replied, “Funny??? It scared the shit out of me!”

  • Torcer

    “Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.” – Alexis de Tocqueville

  • Torcer

    U.S. Constitution – Article 1 Section 8

    Article 1 – The Legislative Branch
    Section 8 – Powers of Congress

    The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

    To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

    To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

    To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

    To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

    To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

    To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;

    To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

    To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

    To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;

    To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

    To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

    To provide and maintain a Navy;

    To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;
    http://www.usconstitution.net/xconst_A1Sec8.html

  • Torcer

    All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party. Mao Zedung

  • Torcer

    “Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.” – Roger W. Babson

  • Torcer

    Create you own definition of Socialism for fun and profit https://shar.es/1uMZT9 via @sharethis

    Create you own definition of Socialism for fun and profit
    Comrades, have you ever thought that the definition of our cherished base ideology of socialism (or whatever you want to call it : collectivism, Communism, democratic socialism, Fabianism, Fascism, Leninism, Marxism, Marxism–Leninism, socialism, statism, Trotskyism) is far too narrow to account for all the success in countries around the world where they aren’t even socialist?

    This is how the capitalist dictionaries (spit) define it:

    Definition of socialism: a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole. policy or practice based on the political and economic theory of socialism. (in Marxist theory) a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of Communism.

    Let’s face it, comrades – when people hear of our esteemed ideology they think of mass murder on an industrial scale, Stasi smashing down doors in the middle of the night and hauling people away to the gulag, children informing on parents, parent informing on children, Chekists informing on fellow Chekists, waiting long queues to buy toilet paper, etc…. but they never hear of the good side of socialism… the socialism with a smiley face.

    But democratic socialism (or socialism democratic or social democrat or..) can be so much more.. so how do we sell socialism to the dumb masses who have forgotten the misery and mayhem of the USSR and National Socialist Germany?

    How do we broadly define it so that anything positive that happens can be attributed to its good orifices? A prime example is this definition buried in the screed: 75 Ways Socialism Has Improved America:

    “Socialism is taxpayer funds being used collectively to benefit society as a whole, despite income, contribution, or ability.”

    See how easy it is – anything positive the government does is… you guessed it: Socialism!

    Of course, the proviso ‘benefit’ ensures that anything bad that happens ISN’T Socialism – that can’t be blamed on the free market or just freedom, so it’s a win-win all the way!

    Just define the word as meaning taxes or government and suddenly the whole world is Socialist!!
    Prog OFF
    On a semi-serious note it’s becoming apparent that today ‘yutes’ are being sold a load of BS that just about anything the government does is “Socialism”.

    You only need look at the aforementioned screed ‘75 Ways Socialism Has Improved America’ (it’s available in multiple locations, just use https://duckduckgo.com/ or https://ixquick.com/ ) and you’ll see the ridiculous lengths the nation’s socialists have gone to try and make that evil ideology as innocuous as possible.

    Of course, it becomes laughably ridiculous when leftists try and claim socialist nations aren’t socialist when their definitions speak otherwise.

    But who said the Left was logical?

  • Torcer

    “Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.” – Roger W. Babson

  • Torcer

    “The Founding Fathers knew a government can’t control the economy
    without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to
    do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. “ Ronald
    Reagan

  • Torcer

    Take a look at this totally Absurd screed that pretty much equates #Socialism with ANYTHING the government does:

    75 Ways Socialism Has Improved America
    This is a repost of a blog I wrote last year.
    You can see the original here. It’s exactly the same except the original has pictures!

    I just wanted to bring this back in hopes of sparking a real, rational conversation about socialism.

    I feel the narrative around common sense, Democratic Socialism is constantly negative and too many liberals are afraid to associate themselves with the word.

    Socialism is not a bad thing. It benefits each and every one of us in one way or another.

    Below the fold is 75 ways socialism has improved, shaped, and built America.

    Socialism.

    There is nothing more feared and hated in America.

    The word alone sends shivers down the spine of the American people.

    Those three syllables conger up images of Big Brother Government ruling over us all, telling us what to eat, wear, buy, and think. Our children in national uniform being indoctrinated with propaganda in government education camps that use to be schools, turning them into little slaves. While their parents work twelve hour shifts in the concentration camp that slaughters rich successful billionaires, as the poor and needy get a million dollars a month in welfare. A murderous government waging a war against freedom and liberty to gain complete control over everyone and everything.

    You know, the way things were under that socialist Bill Clinton. And the way things are now under that socialist Barack Obama.

    They imagine the USSR and how Democrats are turning America into it because our government will give money to poor people so they don’t starve to death. (Giving money to billion dollar corporations is NOT socialism somehow. You would be a communist and a hippie to think otherwise.)

    This is scary stuff!

    And it’s about to get scarier, because I have some terrifying news for you….

    Socialism is alive and well in America and it has been here for a very long time!

    Oh, that’s not all. it gets much worse! I hope your sitting down…

    As it turns out, You love socialism and you use it everyday, and you may not even know it! It may have even saved your life. I know, this is bad…

    Now relax and breath. It’s going to be okay! We are going to get through this.

    You see, we are still a capitalist nation. In America, you can still make a billion dollars, get a giant tax cut, and pay your employees barely enough to survive while you sail in your yacht to escape any guilt that might inconvenience you. So don’t freak out just yet!

    The thing is, socialism is all over America and people actually like it. Even you… Yes you!

    I know, I know. You’re a conservative that believes in freedom and the constitution. You hate handouts and believe in hard work and the individual. You think government should get out of the way and let you live your lives and allow you to prosper on your own. You know that all rich people must have worked hard and all poor people are lazy. There is no other reason why they could be poor considering life is completely fair and all people are born into situations and environments that allow them to have all the opportunities and blessings that you had. There is no fathomable way they could have 2 or 3 jobs they work very hard at but still can’t make ends meet. You got it all figured out.

    But still, even you get your kicks from a little socialism every now and then.

    Don’t think of this as an intervention, think of it as a coming out of the closet party. We know you are a closet socialist. It’s okay, you are amongst friends and we support you. Besides, we always knew…

    Socialism is taxpayer funds being used collectively to benefit society as a whole, despite income, contribution, or ability.

    Sounds horrible, huh?

    Well I hate to be the one to tell you, but Socialism, which you have been told to fear all your life, is responsible for all this…

    1. The Military/Defense – The United States military is the largest and most funded socialist program in the world. It operates thanks to our taxpayer dollars and protects the country as a whole. From the richest citizens to the homeless who sleep under the bridge. We are all protected by our military whether we pay taxes or not. This is complete socialism.

    2. Highways/Roads – Those roads and highways you drive on every single day are completely taxpayer funded. Your tax dollars are used to maintain, expand, and preserve our highways and roads for every one’s use. President Eisenhower was inspired by Germany’s autobahn and implemented the idea right here in America. That’s right, a republican president created our taxpayer funded, national highway system. This was a different time, before the republican party came down with a vicious case of rabies that never went away.

    3. Public Libraries – Yes. That place where you go to check out books from conservative authors telling you how horrible socialism is, is in fact socialism. Libraries are taxpayer funded. You pay a few bucks to get a library card and you can read books for free for the rest of your life.

    4. Police – Ever had a situation where you had to call the police? Then you have used a taxpayer funded socialist program. Anyone can call the police whether they pay taxes or not. They are there to protect and serve the community, not individuals. This is complete socialism on a state level, but still socialism all the same. Would you rather have to swipe your credit card before the police will help you?

    5. Fire Dept. – Hopefully you have never had a fire in your home. But if you have, you probably called your local taxpayer-funded fire department to put the fire out. Like police, this is state socialism. You tax dollars are used to rescue your entire community in case of a fire. It use to be set up where you would pay a fee every month to the fire dept. for their service. If you didn’t pay, they let your house burn down. Sadly, a man from Tennessee had this exact situation happen to him in 2011 because he didn’t pay his $75.00 fee. I guess that small town in Tennessee would rather let people’s houses burn down that resort to evil socialism. So don’t take for granted the fact that you have a 24/7 fire dept. to put out your burning home thanks to socialism.

    6. Postal Service – Like having mail delivered directly to your front door and paying next to nothing to send mail anywhere you want? Well it’s all made possible by socialism.

    7. Student Loans and Grants – Did you go to College? If you did, you family might not have been rich enough to pay your way through. So you got your education anyway through student loans and grants from the federal government at taxpayer expense. Of course you have to pay back the loans, but if not the government, did you know anyone else who was going to lend you tens of thousands of dollars? Probably not. So the taxpayers lent you the money and you paid it back with slight interest. The government grants you accepted were gifts from the taxpayer and the federal government that you did not have to pay back. Socialism got you through school.

    8. Bridges – Along with our highways, our government used your taxpayer dollars to build bridges. This allows the public to travel across rivers without having to sail or swim.

    9. Garbage Collection – Like having your garbage collected once a week instead of having to drive it to the landfill yourself? Thank socialism.

    10. Public Landfills – Taxpayer dollars are used to have places to dump all of our garbage that is collected by taxpayer funded garbage men.

    11. War – That’s right! War would not be possible without socialism. Your tax dollars are used to fight wars for your country. This is Big Government at it’s biggest. Private companies don’t attack other countries, at least not yet. Government is the only entity in America that can defend us from foreign enemies and our tax dollars are used for every second of it. Socialism has brought down Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, and Bin Laden. War may very well be the most socialist thing on this list.

    12. Farm Subsidies – Our government uses taxpayer funds to pay farmers and businesses to provide their income and keep them growing food for the public.

    13. CIA – The Central Intelligence Agency is vital to America’s security. The CIA is completely taxpayer funded to protect the public from enemies.

    14. FBI – The Federal bureau of investigations is a taxpayer funded government agency.

    15. Congressional Health Care – As Republicans in congress warn us of the evils of government-run health care, most of them are covered by taxpayer-funded government-run health care. You literally pay for their health care while they tell you that paying for your neighbors health care through a public option or single-payer system is socialism. They are 100% correct, it is socialism. They’re just not telling you that they like their socialist health care, they just don’t think you should have it. They are afraid you might like it better than the private insurance you have now that funds their campaigns and gives them money to push what is best for them and not for you. Members of congress are free to opt out of their evil government health care, but most of them don’t because deep down, they like socialism too.

    16. Polio Vaccine – In the 1950’s polio ravaged the United States. Until Dr. Jonas Salk invented a cure, finally ridding America of this terrible disease. Dr. Salk could have sold his vaccine in the free market and made millions and millions of dollars. Instead he gave it to the federal government to begin eradicating polio. He said that he made plenty of money as a scientist and felt it was too important to try and profit from or create a business around.

    17. EPA – Republicans hate this taxpayer-funded government program because they have the nerve to tell corporations that they may have to follow environmental rules ad regulations for the greater good of the earth and the people who live on it. But if you don’t like breathing mercury, drinking dirty water, and breathing in chemicals, you should like this example of socialism working for the people.

    18. Social Security – You pay a tax to help ensure that our grandparents and senior citizens of America have money to live off of when they are retired or too elderly to work. I love hearing rich people bitch about this one because the truth is that they do not pay a social security tax, like most payroll taxes. This little piece of socialism helps prevent our senior citizens from sinking into poverty and starving to death.

    19. Museums – Many museums are privately owned by organizations and groups, but many are also taxpayer-funded state, national, and federal museums.

    20. Public Schools – Can’t afford to send your children to an expensive private school? Thanks to socialism and government, you child can still get an education. Public education has been under attack for decades in this country by the radical right because public schools don’t teach Christianity to your children and it enables people like Barack Obama to work hard, gain scholarships, and eventually become President of the United States.

    21. Jail/Prison System – Many murders and criminals are behind bars right now and not out on the streets because of our taxpayer-funded, federal and state run jails and prisons. Taxpayer money is collected and used to help protect all of society from murders, molesters, rapist, etc. I know there’s a lot of disagreement and controversy about how to handle our prison system, but I think we can all agree that serial killers should not be freed into society. There are also many private prisons in the United States. However, they have a higher escape rate than their socialist counterpart. Besides, don’t you see the bad incentives in having a private prison system that profits from having people in prison? Since a business’s top goal is to make more money than the year before, the only feasible agenda would be to get everyone in prison.

    22. Corporate/Business Subsidies – This is the type of socialism that is acceptable in the Republican party. You tax dollars are given to big corporations to do things they should be doing anyway out of morals and ethics. Like not sending jobs overseas and hiring people. Wouldn’t you like a nice big check just for not breaking the law? To be fair though, many businesses do earn their subsidies by advancing green technology and practice, donating to charity, helping communities, etc. They aren’t all bad. People just get mad when big billionaire oil companies get billions of their taxpayer dollars while they’re paying $4 at the pump. For the corporations that don’t earn their subsidies other than donating to their very own political party, it’s merely welfare. Though however you look at it, it is socialism.

    23. Veteran’s (VA) Health Care – Our soldiers bravely go to foreign countries and risk their lives at the request of their government and the American people. For those who survive, we as a country feel committed and obligated to ensure that they have everything they need for the rest of their lives for their service to us in which we could never fully repay. So we the taxpayers fund their health care in a government-run single-payer system for veterans. Many soldiers return with mental and/or physical health issues that would cost them thousands in a private health care plan. Socialism funds the military, the overall war, and also takes care of our troops when they return home.

    24. Public Parks – Like going to the park on a sunny day? Just being able to walk right in, or at the worse pay a small fee? This is once again the work of socialism. If it were private, it wouldn’t be a park, it would be someones back yard. That small or non-existent fee will turn into a $15 fee faster than you can say “No Trespassing”.

    25. All Elected Government Officials – From the Supreme Court, to the President of the United States and all the way down to the County Dog Catcher, taxpayers pay their salary and provide the funding for them to do their job. We pay for every aspect of their job. So in a sense, I guess you could say our whole country is run on socialism.

    26. Food Stamps – Republicans fill with bitter contempt knowing that our government at the expense of the taxpayer is giving poor people money to buy food they couldn’t otherwise afford. This, like welfare, is what the right thinks socialism is all about, along with mass murder. However, just like corporate welfare, welfare is socialism. I’ll just end this one with a quick story. I have been down and out in periods of my life and sought assistance via food stamps. Even though I was what anyone would consider poor, I was not poor enough to get food stamps. Which means people who do get them, must really, really need them. As far as my personal experience, they weren’t thrown around like candy the way the right would have you believe.

    27. Sewer System – Do you like having a sewer system to remove waste and prevent pollution and disease from seeping into our environment? Thank the taxpayers of America and the socialist system it operates in.

    28. Medicare – Medicare is one of the most liked socialist programs in America. Most of us don’t mind paying taxes to provide our senior citizens with health care and hope the next generation will do the same for us. If you don’t believe me, just look at almost any poll. Most seniors would not be able to afford private health care. So this form of socialism is a life saver for this nation’s grandparents and senior citizens.

    29. Court System – Whether it’s the murder trial of the century or a case in a small claims court, the taxpayers of America fully fund our courts and legal process. You may pay for your own lawyer, but the courtroom, judge, and jury is paid for through socialist means.

    30. Bird Flu Vaccine – You don’t have bird flu right now and probably aren’t worried about it because our federal government used taxpayer funds to pump vaccines all over America.

    31. G.I. Bill – The G.I. bill allows veterans to pursue an education by using taxpayer dollars to help them pay for most of their schooling. It also helps them with loans, savings, and unemployment benefits.

    32. Hoover Dam – Remember when our country use to build things? Our government built the Hoover Dam using taxpayer funds. It is now a vital source of power for the west coast.

    33. State/City Zoos – American families have been going to the zoo for generations. A place where kids and adults can have fun seeing creatures and animals from all over the world and learn at the same time. Many zoos are ran by the state and/or city, using taxpayer funds to operate and even bring the animals to the zoo.

    34. IRS – I know, the IRS is about as popular and well liked in America as a hemorrhoid, but think about it. The IRS is the reason that we have anything. The IRS collects taxpayer funds for the federal government. The government then dispenses these funds to our military, states, and social programs. If there is no one collecting taxes, no one will pay them. If no one pays taxes, our country shuts down. Without money to operate, nothing operates. This may sound like a good thing to some radical republicans, but for those of us with sense, we know this means anarchy in the USA. The IRS gets a bad rap because if you don’t pay your taxes or owe them money, they can be ruthless. Like everything else, the IRS is not perfect, but without them we literally have no country or no means to run it.

    35. Free Lunch Program – Some children are living in poverty by no fault of their own. I’m not saying it is even their parents fault, but you surely cannot blame a child for the situation they are born into. In most if not all states, there are programs where children who live in poor households can receive school lunch for free. The taxpayers of the state pay for this. Sounds like socialism to me, and also the moral and Christian thing to do.

    36. The Pentagon – Our defense system in America is a socialist system from top to bottom. We as taxpayers fund the pentagon completely.

    37. Medicaid – Our government uses taxpayer funds to provide health care for low-income people. Republicans, the compassionate Christians that they are, absolutely hate this program. What they fail to understand is that when people can’t afford to pay their outrageous medical bills, they don’t. This bill does not disappear. The loss that the insurance company, doctor’s office, or hospital takes gets passed down to everyone else. So covering people and giving them a low-income option reduces costs for them and everyone else. This is the main argument behind a health care mandate. It’s not to force you to buy health care out of cruelty. If everyone is covered, costs drop for everyone. If you have no compassion for the uninsured, you can at least understand the rational in a selfish sense.

    38. FDA – The Food and Drug Administration is far from perfect. It is infested with corporate corruption and they have been wrong many, many times. Countless times they have approved things that they later have to apologize for and have banned things that would have helped people. However, they have also stopped many harmful foods and products from being sold to the public and protect us everyday from poisons being disguised as products. While not perfect, they are needed to prevent harmful food and drugs from being sold to you and you family. Without them, corporations can send whatever they want to your supermarkets and drug stores without any testing or evaluation. I don’t mind my taxes going towards a middle man to inspect the safety of the products we are being sold everyday.

    39. Health Care for 9/11 Rescue Workers – After beating back GOP obstruction, Democrats finally passed a bill last year to allow government to help 9/11 rescue worker’s with their health care after many came down with horrible lung diseases from the toxins they breathed in rescuing people from smoldering buildings. These brave citizens risked their lives and health to help complete strangers. They deserve more, but covering their health care is a good start.

    40. Swine Flu Vaccine – Do you have swine flu right now? Then thank government and the socialist structure.

    41. Disability Insurance (SSDI) – For those who are disabled and cannot work, our government provides an income for them via taxpayer dollars as opposed to the other option of letting them starve to death.

    42. Town/State Run Beaches – Like going to the beach? Like it when the beach is clean and safe? Like having lifeguards on staff in case of an emergency? Then once again, thank the taxpayers and the socialist structure that makes it all possible.

    43. Corporate Bailouts/Welfare – The whole point of this post is to prove that we ALL use, benefit from, and like socialism. This example is a form of socialism that the republicans not only like, but fight tooth and nail for. They don’t like it when socialism is used for working/poor people, but when it’s for millionaires and their corporate donors, socialism becomes as American as apple pie. The middle/working class who are the majority of taxpayers pay for welfare for corporations and people who have more money than all of us combined. When our government bails out a bank or gives a subsidy to a billion dollar corporation, you are paying for it.

    44. State Construction – Ever see those construction workers in your town fixing potholes, erecting buildings, repaving highways and roads, and fixing things all over town? They themselves and the work they do is taxpayer-funded state socialism.

    45. Unemployment Insurance – All your working life, you pay payroll taxes. Some of these taxes go toward a program that temporarily provides for people who lost their jobs until they can find another one. You pay for others, others pay for you. Especially these days, you never know when you might lose your job. You may need temporary assistance until you get back on your feet. The government recognizes this. UI also keeps the economy moving in times of recession because people still have some money in their pockets to buy goods and promote demand.
    46. City/Metro Buses – If you lack transportation, you can catch a city bus. Taxpayer funds and the fee you pay to take the bus make it possible for millions of people to go to work.

    47. WIC – WIC is a federally funded program to assist women, infants, and children. WIC helps low-income families by providing funding for nutrition, education, and health care for children.

    48. State Snow Removal – Even though sometimes it may take them longer than you like to get to your street, do you like having snow plow service to clear our roads and highways in the winter? This is a state socialist taxpayer-funded service.

    49. PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) – PBS operates on donations and government funding. The provide non-partisan news and information to the public. They are the home of Sesame Street, Masterpiece Theater, and The Antiques Roadshow. Surveys show that they are literally the most trusted name in news. I wonder how Fox feels about that?

    50. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – The CDC helps promote and enact the health and safety of the public along with helping to prevent and control illness and disease. The CDC is a government program that operates on taxpayer funding.

    51. Welfare – Is there anything the republicans hate more? Of course I’m talking about the welfare that goes to poor people. Corporate welfare is not only accepted in the republican Kabul, but it’s mandatory that we give our tax dollars to billionaires and not question the logic of it. Though if you look at it realistically and not through the red scare glasses in which the right sees the world, welfare helps the economy. As I’ve said many times, when poor people have money in their pocket, they buy things made and sold by companies. This creates a demand. To keep up with demand, businesses must hire to keep up. If you yanked everyone who is on welfare off of it tomorrow, the economy would take a blow and lose jobs due to the down tick in consumer demand because we just took what little money they had away.

    52. Public Street Lighting – Like being able to see at night when you walk or drive? Thank Socialism.

    53. FEMA – If Disaster strikes, FEMA is there to help pick up the pieces. As a part of homeland security and an agency of the federal government, they use taxpayer dollars to help cities, states, and towns recover and rebuild. I don’t know to many private companies that could assist in disaster relief and ask nothing in return. Thank God for socialism.

    54. Public Defenders – Ever been in trouble and couldn’t afford a lawyer? Well the taxpayers and the government make sure you still get representation.

    55. S-CHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program) – S-CHIP is a program that matches funds to states for health insurance for children in families that cannot afford insurance but make too much to qualify for Medicaid. Your tax dollars go towards covering uninsured children, is that so wrong?

    56. Amtrak – Amtrak transports tens of millions of passengers a year in 46 states and three Canadian Providences. It is owned by the federal government and your tax dollars are used to fund it. All aboard!!

    57. NPR – National Public Radio operates on private and federal funding along with public donations. NPR has been one of the most trusted news sources in America for over 40 years.

    58. The Department of Homeland Security – Created after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, this heavily federally funded department of the U.S. government helps protect us from future terrorist attacks. This is the third largest department within the United States government.

    59. OSHA – Do you have a safe and healthy workplace that provides training, outreach, education, and assistance? Thank OSHA! Brought to you by the taxpayers of America and socialism.

    60. State and National Monuments – The Lincoln Memorial. Mount Rushmore. The D.C. National Mall. All brought to you and maintained with your tax dollars. Socialism is patriotic?

    61. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – The USDA enforces regulations on the farming, agriculture, and food industries to ensure food safety, natural resources, and hunger worldwide and in the United States. Your tax dollars are used to help keep what you are eating safe and even feed those who are not eating.

    62. Government Scholarships – if you work hard in school and show true potential, our government will give you a scholarship towards college so you can advance your education. Your tax dollars have been used to send future doctors, lawyers, scientists, and even presidents of the United States to college.
    63. Department of Health and Human Service – The overall goal of HHS is to promote, implement, and ensure the health of the American people. Your tax dollars are used to do this. Government looking out for the well being of it’s people, imagine that!

    64. Census Bureau – Every ten years, our government collects data about our people and economy, to better serve and represent us. From the forms that are sent to your home for you to fill out and send back in and to the census worker who shows up and kindly asks you to fill out the form if you don’t send it in, all taxpayer funded socialism. The information collected is used to better understand the economic situation and population in your area. Not to enslave you in a FEMA camp.

    65. Department of Energy – This taxpayer funded cabinet of the federal government oversees nuclear weapons, nuclear reactors, energy conservation, radioactive waste disposal, and energy production. To those of you who care about our environment and would rather not witness a nuclear holocaust might consider this money well spent.

    66. Customs and Border Protection – the CBP is the largest law enforcement agency in America. This is big government that republicans actually do like because they don’t like Mexicans immigrating to our country like our ancestors did. However, this taxpayer funded, socialist agency of the federal government regulates trade, imports, and immigration.

    67. Department of Education – This cabinet of the federal government is actually the smallest. They administer and oversee federal assistance to education. They also collect data and enforce federal laws and regulations involving education. Even though the right thinks that this department is indoctrinating your children, they actually have no control over curriculum or standards.

    68. Secret Service – Your tax dollars are used to provide highly-trained, skilled professional bodyguards to protect the President of the United States.

    69. Peace Corps – The Peace Corps is a volunteer program run by the government that helps people outside of the US to understand our culture as well as helping us learn about other cultures. However they are more well known for their work with economic and social development in less-fortunate countries. Sounds very Christian for being a socialist program, huh?

    70. Department of Justice – The DOJ is responsible for enforcing the law. Socialism keeps our civilization intact.

    71. National Weather Service – Like knowing when a storm, tornado, earthquake, or snow is coming? Socialism makes this possible and available to everyone.

    72. The White House – Our taxpayer dollars through a socialist means pays for the house that the president and his family live in during a presidents time in office.

    73. Government – Like it or not, our country would not be a country without a government. Every single day, government on state and local levels serve us in ways we simply take for granted. Government as an entity operates and functions on our tax dollars through a socialist structured funding system. From the military down to the county dog catcher, socialism turns the wheels that make our society function.

    74. Law – Laws and rules make our democracy possible. Remove these laws and you have sheer anarchy. Laws do not appear out of thin air. To have law, you need a government. You need elected lawmakers to make the laws and a government to implement and enforce them. Socialism is responsible for every law in this country. Without our government and lawmakers which exist thanks to socialism, there would be no laws. So the laws themselves, are enforced and implemented thanks to socialism.

    75. Civilization – As an American citizen, you enjoy freedoms that many in other countries do not. Like anything else in this world, our government is not perfect, but you should be thankful everyday that your country has a government that feels an obligation to serve the people and protect their rights and freedoms. This is completely possible because of government, taxes, and socialism. Do you think the private sector would do a better job of governing our country? Do you think corporations would enact laws to help protect and serve you and your family or them and their profits? The reason you can read this blog and the reason I can write it whether you agree with it or not is because of the freedoms we have here in America enforced and protected through socialist means. Our entire civilization depends on us being a people united. Socialism is a glue that binds us together and makes possible the things that we could not accomplish as individuals working against each other.

    I don’t care who you are.

    Rich or poor. Teaparty Republican or Liberal Socialist.

    You benefit from at least one or more of these 75 American Government-Run, Taxpayer funded Socialist programs, agencies, and laws.

    My overall argument is not for a completely socialist nation. This would not work. A completely capitalist nation would not work either.

    I’m just simply saying that I, as a Democratic Socialist, feel that the two can co-exist. I know this because they always have. Socialism and capitalism have always co-existed in America.

    I also believe in freedom. I believe options are a form of freedom.

    Right now in the United States of America, I can send mail through the public postal service or I can choose a private option like FedEx. I can send my kids to public school or private school.

    As liberals, we don’t want a government takeover, we want options. We think we should have the freedom to be able to choose to have government health care if we don’t like our private plan.

    If we are 18-64, we have no options or freedom over our own health care. I don’t understand why this isn’t viewed as a corporate takeover of health care.

    Socialism is not a bad thing. It is a foundation in this country of ours. Claiming socialism is bad because of radical and non-factual comparisons to Hitler and Stalin is like saying all guns are bad because of the Columbine killers and Jared Loughner.

    National socialism and communism are very, very different from Democratic Socialism here in America. I’d explain further but this topic is for another post, this one is long enough. Besides, socialism defeated Hitler.

    So let’s just stop the madness and have a serious discussion about socialism and the role it plays in America.

    “Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a president and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country” – FDR

    Originally posted to TheNewDeal00 on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 08:13 AM PDT.
    Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and Daily Kos Classics.
    http://www.dailykos.com/ story/ 2012/ 03/ 29/ 1078852/ -75-Ways-Socialism-Has-Improved-America

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    18. Social Security – You pay a tax to help ensure that our grandparents and senior citizens of America have money to live off of when they are retired or too elderly to work. I love hearing rich people bitch about this one because the truth is that they do not pay a social security tax, like most payroll taxes. This little piece of socialism helps prevent our senior citizens from sinking into poverty and starving to death.

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    18. Social Security – You pay a tax to help ensure that our grandparents and senior citizens of America have money to live off of when they are retired or too elderly to work. I love hearing rich people b……. about this one because the truth is that they do not pay a social security tax, like most payroll taxes. This little piece of socialism helps prevent our senior citizens from sinking into poverty and starving to death.
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  • Torcer

    “It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.” –Thomas Sowell

  • Torcer

    Take a look at this totally Absurd screed that pretty much equates #Socialism with ANYTHING the government does:
    [Cleaned up version with the b word in #18 taken out and replaced with Complain]

    75 Ways Socialism Has Improved America
    This is a repost of a blog I wrote last year.
    You can see the original here. It’s exactly the same except the original has pictures!

    I just wanted to bring this back in hopes of sparking a real, rational conversation about socialism.

    I feel the narrative around common sense, Democratic Socialism is constantly negative and too many liberals are afraid to associate themselves with the word.

    Socialism is not a bad thing. It benefits each and every one of us in one way or another.

    Below the fold is 75 ways socialism has improved, shaped, and built America.

    Socialism.

    There is nothing more feared and hated in America.

    The word alone sends shivers down the spine of the American people.

    Those three syllables conger up images of Big Brother Government ruling over us all, telling us what to eat, wear, buy, and think. Our children in national uniform being indoctrinated with propaganda in government education camps that use to be schools, turning them into little slaves. While their parents work twelve hour shifts in the concentration camp that slaughters rich successful billionaires, as the poor and needy get a million dollars a month in welfare. A murderous government waging a war against freedom and liberty to gain complete control over everyone and everything.

    You know, the way things were under that socialist Bill Clinton. And the way things are now under that socialist Barack Obama.

    They imagine the USSR and how Democrats are turning America into it because our government will give money to poor people so they don’t starve to death. (Giving money to billion dollar corporations is NOT socialism somehow. You would be a communist and a hippie to think otherwise.)

    This is scary stuff!

    And it’s about to get scarier, because I have some terrifying news for you….

    Socialism is alive and well in America and it has been here for a very long time!

    Oh, that’s not all. it gets much worse! I hope your sitting down…

    As it turns out, You love socialism and you use it everyday, and you may not even know it! It may have even saved your life. I know, this is bad…

    Now relax and breath. It’s going to be okay! We are going to get through this.

    You see, we are still a capitalist nation. In America, you can still make a billion dollars, get a giant tax cut, and pay your employees barely enough to survive while you sail in your yacht to escape any guilt that might inconvenience you. So don’t freak out just yet!

    The thing is, socialism is all over America and people actually like it. Even you… Yes you!

    I know, I know. You’re a conservative that believes in freedom and the constitution. You hate handouts and believe in hard work and the individual. You think government should get out of the way and let you live your lives and allow you to prosper on your own. You know that all rich people must have worked hard and all poor people are lazy. There is no other reason why they could be poor considering life is completely fair and all people are born into situations and environments that allow them to have all the opportunities and blessings that you had. There is no fathomable way they could have 2 or 3 jobs they work very hard at but still can’t make ends meet. You got it all figured out.

    But still, even you get your kicks from a little socialism every now and then.

    Don’t think of this as an intervention, think of it as a coming out of the closet party. We know you are a closet socialist. It’s okay, you are amongst friends and we support you. Besides, we always knew…

    Socialism is taxpayer funds being used collectively to benefit society as a whole, despite income, contribution, or ability.

    Sounds horrible, huh?

    Well I hate to be the one to tell you, but Socialism, which you have been told to fear all your life, is responsible for all this…

    1. The Military/Defense – The United States military is the largest and most funded socialist program in the world. It operates thanks to our taxpayer dollars and protects the country as a whole. From the richest citizens to the homeless who sleep under the bridge. We are all protected by our military whether we pay taxes or not. This is complete socialism.

    2. Highways/Roads – Those roads and highways you drive on every single day are completely taxpayer funded. Your tax dollars are used to maintain, expand, and preserve our highways and roads for every one’s use. President Eisenhower was inspired by Germany’s autobahn and implemented the idea right here in America. That’s right, a republican president created our taxpayer funded, national highway system. This was a different time, before the republican party came down with a vicious case of rabies that never went away.

    3. Public Libraries – Yes. That place where you go to check out books from conservative authors telling you how horrible socialism is, is in fact socialism. Libraries are taxpayer funded. You pay a few bucks to get a library card and you can read books for free for the rest of your life.

    4. Police – Ever had a situation where you had to call the police? Then you have used a taxpayer funded socialist program. Anyone can call the police whether they pay taxes or not. They are there to protect and serve the community, not individuals. This is complete socialism on a state level, but still socialism all the same. Would you rather have to swipe your credit card before the police will help you?

    5. Fire Dept. – Hopefully you have never had a fire in your home. But if you have, you probably called your local taxpayer-funded fire department to put the fire out. Like police, this is state socialism. You tax dollars are used to rescue your entire community in case of a fire. It use to be set up where you would pay a fee every month to the fire dept. for their service. If you didn’t pay, they let your house burn down. Sadly, a man from Tennessee had this exact situation happen to him in 2011 because he didn’t pay his $75.00 fee. I guess that small town in Tennessee would rather let people’s houses burn down that resort to evil socialism. So don’t take for granted the fact that you have a 24/7 fire dept. to put out your burning home thanks to socialism.

    6. Postal Service – Like having mail delivered directly to your front door and paying next to nothing to send mail anywhere you want? Well it’s all made possible by socialism.

    7. Student Loans and Grants – Did you go to College? If you did, you family might not have been rich enough to pay your way through. So you got your education anyway through student loans and grants from the federal government at taxpayer expense. Of course you have to pay back the loans, but if not the government, did you know anyone else who was going to lend you tens of thousands of dollars? Probably not. So the taxpayers lent you the money and you paid it back with slight interest. The government grants you accepted were gifts from the taxpayer and the federal government that you did not have to pay back. Socialism got you through school.

    8. Bridges – Along with our highways, our government used your taxpayer dollars to build bridges. This allows the public to travel across rivers without having to sail or swim.

    9. Garbage Collection – Like having your garbage collected once a week instead of having to drive it to the landfill yourself? Thank socialism.

    10. Public Landfills – Taxpayer dollars are used to have places to dump all of our garbage that is collected by taxpayer funded garbage men.

    11. War – That’s right! War would not be possible without socialism. Your tax dollars are used to fight wars for your country. This is Big Government at it’s biggest. Private companies don’t attack other countries, at least not yet. Government is the only entity in America that can defend us from foreign enemies and our tax dollars are used for every second of it. Socialism has brought down Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, and Bin Laden. War may very well be the most socialist thing on this list.

    12. Farm Subsidies – Our government uses taxpayer funds to pay farmers and businesses to provide their income and keep them growing food for the public.

    13. CIA – The Central Intelligence Agency is vital to America’s security. The CIA is completely taxpayer funded to protect the public from enemies.

    14. FBI – The Federal bureau of investigations is a taxpayer funded government agency.

    15. Congressional Health Care – As Republicans in congress warn us of the evils of government-run health care, most of them are covered by taxpayer-funded government-run health care. You literally pay for their health care while they tell you that paying for your neighbors health care through a public option or single-payer system is socialism. They are 100% correct, it is socialism. They’re just not telling you that they like their socialist health care, they just don’t think you should have it. They are afraid you might like it better than the private insurance you have now that funds their campaigns and gives them money to push what is best for them and not for you. Members of congress are free to opt out of their evil government health care, but most of them don’t because deep down, they like socialism too.

    16. Polio Vaccine – In the 1950’s polio ravaged the United States. Until Dr. Jonas Salk invented a cure, finally ridding America of this terrible disease. Dr. Salk could have sold his vaccine in the free market and made millions and millions of dollars. Instead he gave it to the federal government to begin eradicating polio. He said that he made plenty of money as a scientist and felt it was too important to try and profit from or create a business around.

    17. EPA – Republicans hate this taxpayer-funded government program because they have the nerve to tell corporations that they may have to follow environmental rules ad regulations for the greater good of the earth and the people who live on it. But if you don’t like breathing mercury, drinking dirty water, and breathing in chemicals, you should like this example of socialism working for the people.

    18. Social Security – You pay a tax to help ensure that our grandparents and senior citizens of America have money to live off of when they are retired or too elderly to work. I love hearing rich people Complain about this one because the truth is that they do not pay a social security tax, like most payroll taxes. This little piece of socialism helps prevent our senior citizens from sinking into poverty and starving to death.

    19. Museums – Many museums are privately owned by organizations and groups, but many are also taxpayer-funded state, national, and federal museums.

    20. Public Schools – Can’t afford to send your children to an expensive private school? Thanks to socialism and government, you child can still get an education. Public education has been under attack for decades in this country by the radical right because public schools don’t teach Christianity to your children and it enables people like Barack Obama to work hard, gain scholarships, and eventually become President of the United States.

    21. Jail/Prison System – Many murders and criminals are behind bars right now and not out on the streets because of our taxpayer-funded, federal and state run jails and prisons. Taxpayer money is collected and used to help protect all of society from murders, molesters, rapist, etc. I know there’s a lot of disagreement and controversy about how to handle our prison system, but I think we can all agree that serial killers should not be freed into society. There are also many private prisons in the United States. However, they have a higher escape rate than their socialist counterpart. Besides, don’t you see the bad incentives in having a private prison system that profits from having people in prison? Since a business’s top goal is to make more money than the year before, the only feasible agenda would be to get everyone in prison.

    22. Corporate/Business Subsidies – This is the type of socialism that is acceptable in the Republican party. You tax dollars are given to big corporations to do things they should be doing anyway out of morals and ethics. Like not sending jobs overseas and hiring people. Wouldn’t you like a nice big check just for not breaking the law? To be fair though, many businesses do earn their subsidies by advancing green technology and practice, donating to charity, helping communities, etc. They aren’t all bad. People just get mad when big billionaire oil companies get billions of their taxpayer dollars while they’re paying $4 at the pump. For the corporations that don’t earn their subsidies other than donating to their very own political party, it’s merely welfare. Though however you look at it, it is socialism.

    23. Veteran’s (VA) Health Care – Our soldiers bravely go to foreign countries and risk their lives at the request of their government and the American people. For those who survive, we as a country feel committed and obligated to ensure that they have everything they need for the rest of their lives for their service to us in which we could never fully repay. So we the taxpayers fund their health care in a government-run single-payer system for veterans. Many soldiers return with mental and/or physical health issues that would cost them thousands in a private health care plan. Socialism funds the military, the overall war, and also takes care of our troops when they return home.

    24. Public Parks – Like going to the park on a sunny day? Just being able to walk right in, or at the worse pay a small fee? This is once again the work of socialism. If it were private, it wouldn’t be a park, it would be someones back yard. That small or non-existent fee will turn into a $15 fee faster than you can say “No Trespassing”.

    25. All Elected Government Officials – From the Supreme Court, to the President of the United States and all the way down to the County Dog Catcher, taxpayers pay their salary and provide the funding for them to do their job. We pay for every aspect of their job. So in a sense, I guess you could say our whole country is run on socialism.

    26. Food Stamps – Republicans fill with bitter contempt knowing that our government at the expense of the taxpayer is giving poor people money to buy food they couldn’t otherwise afford. This, like welfare, is what the right thinks socialism is all about, along with mass murder. However, just like corporate welfare, welfare is socialism. I’ll just end this one with a quick story. I have been down and out in periods of my life and sought assistance via food stamps. Even though I was what anyone would consider poor, I was not poor enough to get food stamps. Which means people who do get them, must really, really need them. As far as my personal experience, they weren’t thrown around like candy the way the right would have you believe.

    27. Sewer System – Do you like having a sewer system to remove waste and prevent pollution and disease from seeping into our environment? Thank the taxpayers of America and the socialist system it operates in.

    28. Medicare – Medicare is one of the most liked socialist programs in America. Most of us don’t mind paying taxes to provide our senior citizens with health care and hope the next generation will do the same for us. If you don’t believe me, just look at almost any poll. Most seniors would not be able to afford private health care. So this form of socialism is a life saver for this nation’s grandparents and senior citizens.

    29. Court System – Whether it’s the murder trial of the century or a case in a small claims court, the taxpayers of America fully fund our courts and legal process. You may pay for your own lawyer, but the courtroom, judge, and jury is paid for through socialist means.

    30. Bird Flu Vaccine – You don’t have bird flu right now and probably aren’t worried about it because our federal government used taxpayer funds to pump vaccines all over America.

    31. G.I. Bill – The G.I. bill allows veterans to pursue an education by using taxpayer dollars to help them pay for most of their schooling. It also helps them with loans, savings, and unemployment benefits.

    32. Hoover Dam – Remember when our country use to build things? Our government built the Hoover Dam using taxpayer funds. It is now a vital source of power for the west coast.

    33. State/City Zoos – American families have been going to the zoo for generations. A place where kids and adults can have fun seeing creatures and animals from all over the world and learn at the same time. Many zoos are ran by the state and/or city, using taxpayer funds to operate and even bring the animals to the zoo.

    34. IRS – I know, the IRS is about as popular and well liked in America as a hemorrhoid, but think about it. The IRS is the reason that we have anything. The IRS collects taxpayer funds for the federal government. The government then dispenses these funds to our military, states, and social programs. If there is no one collecting taxes, no one will pay them. If no one pays taxes, our country shuts down. Without money to operate, nothing operates. This may sound like a good thing to some radical republicans, but for those of us with sense, we know this means anarchy in the USA. The IRS gets a bad rap because if you don’t pay your taxes or owe them money, they can be ruthless. Like everything else, the IRS is not perfect, but without them we literally have no country or no means to run it.

    35. Free Lunch Program – Some children are living in poverty by no fault of their own. I’m not saying it is even their parents fault, but you surely cannot blame a child for the situation they are born into. In most if not all states, there are programs where children who live in poor households can receive school lunch for free. The taxpayers of the state pay for this. Sounds like socialism to me, and also the moral and Christian thing to do.

    36. The Pentagon – Our defense system in America is a socialist system from top to bottom. We as taxpayers fund the pentagon completely.

    37. Medicaid – Our government uses taxpayer funds to provide health care for low-income people. Republicans, the compassionate Christians that they are, absolutely hate this program. What they fail to understand is that when people can’t afford to pay their outrageous medical bills, they don’t. This bill does not disappear. The loss that the insurance company, doctor’s office, or hospital takes gets passed down to everyone else. So covering people and giving them a low-income option reduces costs for them and everyone else. This is the main argument behind a health care mandate. It’s not to force you to buy health care out of cruelty. If everyone is covered, costs drop for everyone. If you have no compassion for the uninsured, you can at least understand the rational in a selfish sense.

    38. FDA – The Food and Drug Administration is far from perfect. It is infested with corporate corruption and they have been wrong many, many times. Countless times they have approved things that they later have to apologize for and have banned things that would have helped people. However, they have also stopped many harmful foods and products from being sold to the public and protect us everyday from poisons being disguised as products. While not perfect, they are needed to prevent harmful food and drugs from being sold to you and you family. Without them, corporations can send whatever they want to your supermarkets and drug stores without any testing or evaluation. I don’t mind my taxes going towards a middle man to inspect the safety of the products we are being sold everyday.

    39. Health Care for 9/11 Rescue Workers – After beating back GOP obstruction, Democrats finally passed a bill last year to allow government to help 9/11 rescue worker’s with their health care after many came down with horrible lung diseases from the toxins they breathed in rescuing people from smoldering buildings. These brave citizens risked their lives and health to help complete strangers. They deserve more, but covering their health care is a good start.

    40. Swine Flu Vaccine – Do you have swine flu right now? Then thank government and the socialist structure.

    41. Disability Insurance (SSDI) – For those who are disabled and cannot work, our government provides an income for them via taxpayer dollars as opposed to the other option of letting them starve to death.

    42. Town/State Run Beaches – Like going to the beach? Like it when the beach is clean and safe? Like having lifeguards on staff in case of an emergency? Then once again, thank the taxpayers and the socialist structure that makes it all possible.

    43. Corporate Bailouts/Welfare – The whole point of this post is to prove that we ALL use, benefit from, and like socialism. This example is a form of socialism that the republicans not only like, but fight tooth and nail for. They don’t like it when socialism is used for working/poor people, but when it’s for millionaires and their corporate donors, socialism becomes as American as apple pie. The middle/working class who are the majority of taxpayers pay for welfare for corporations and people who have more money than all of us combined. When our government bails out a bank or gives a subsidy to a billion dollar corporation, you are paying for it.

    44. State Construction – Ever see those construction workers in your town fixing potholes, erecting buildings, repaving highways and roads, and fixing things all over town? They themselves and the work they do is taxpayer-funded state socialism.

    45. Unemployment Insurance – All your working life, you pay payroll taxes. Some of these taxes go toward a program that temporarily provides for people who lost their jobs until they can find another one. You pay for others, others pay for you. Especially these days, you never know when you might lose your job. You may need temporary assistance until you get back on your feet. The government recognizes this. UI also keeps the economy moving in times of recession because people still have some money in their pockets to buy goods and promote demand.
    46. City/Metro Buses – If you lack transportation, you can catch a city bus. Taxpayer funds and the fee you pay to take the bus make it possible for millions of people to go to work.

    47. WIC – WIC is a federally funded program to assist women, infants, and children. WIC helps low-income families by providing funding for nutrition, education, and health care for children.

    48. State Snow Removal – Even though sometimes it may take them longer than you like to get to your street, do you like having snow plow service to clear our roads and highways in the winter? This is a state socialist taxpayer-funded service.

    49. PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) – PBS operates on donations and government funding. The provide non-partisan news and information to the public. They are the home of Sesame Street, Masterpiece Theater, and The Antiques Roadshow. Surveys show that they are literally the most trusted name in news. I wonder how Fox feels about that?

    50. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – The CDC helps promote and enact the health and safety of the public along with helping to prevent and control illness and disease. The CDC is a government program that operates on taxpayer funding.

    51. Welfare – Is there anything the republicans hate more? Of course I’m talking about the welfare that goes to poor people. Corporate welfare is not only accepted in the republican Kabul, but it’s mandatory that we give our tax dollars to billionaires and not question the logic of it. Though if you look at it realistically and not through the red scare glasses in which the right sees the world, welfare helps the economy. As I’ve said many times, when poor people have money in their pocket, they buy things made and sold by companies. This creates a demand. To keep up with demand, businesses must hire to keep up. If you yanked everyone who is on welfare off of it tomorrow, the economy would take a blow and lose jobs due to the down tick in consumer demand because we just took what little money they had away.

    52. Public Street Lighting – Like being able to see at night when you walk or drive? Thank Socialism.

    53. FEMA – If Disaster strikes, FEMA is there to help pick up the pieces. As a part of homeland security and an agency of the federal government, they use taxpayer dollars to help cities, states, and towns recover and rebuild. I don’t know to many private companies that could assist in disaster relief and ask nothing in return. Thank God for socialism.

    54. Public Defenders – Ever been in trouble and couldn’t afford a lawyer? Well the taxpayers and the government make sure you still get representation.

    55. S-CHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program) – S-CHIP is a program that matches funds to states for health insurance for children in families that cannot afford insurance but make too much to qualify for Medicaid. Your tax dollars go towards covering uninsured children, is that so wrong?

    56. Amtrak – Amtrak transports tens of millions of passengers a year in 46 states and three Canadian Providences. It is owned by the federal government and your tax dollars are used to fund it. All aboard!!

    57. NPR – National Public Radio operates on private and federal funding along with public donations. NPR has been one of the most trusted news sources in America for over 40 years.

    58. The Department of Homeland Security – Created after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, this heavily federally funded department of the U.S. government helps protect us from future terrorist attacks. This is the third largest department within the United States government.

    59. OSHA – Do you have a safe and healthy workplace that provides training, outreach, education, and assistance? Thank OSHA! Brought to you by the taxpayers of America and socialism.

    60. State and National Monuments – The Lincoln Memorial. Mount Rushmore. The D.C. National Mall. All brought to you and maintained with your tax dollars. Socialism is patriotic?

    61. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – The USDA enforces regulations on the farming, agriculture, and food industries to ensure food safety, natural resources, and hunger worldwide and in the United States. Your tax dollars are used to help keep what you are eating safe and even feed those who are not eating.

    62. Government Scholarships – if you work hard in school and show true potential, our government will give you a scholarship towards college so you can advance your education. Your tax dollars have been used to send future doctors, lawyers, scientists, and even presidents of the United States to college.
    63. Department of Health and Human Service – The overall goal of HHS is to promote, implement, and ensure the health of the American people. Your tax dollars are used to do this. Government looking out for the well being of it’s people, imagine that!

    64. Census Bureau – Every ten years, our government collects data about our people and economy, to better serve and represent us. From the forms that are sent to your home for you to fill out and send back in and to the census worker who shows up and kindly asks you to fill out the form if you don’t send it in, all taxpayer funded socialism. The information collected is used to better understand the economic situation and population in your area. Not to enslave you in a FEMA camp.

    65. Department of Energy – This taxpayer funded cabinet of the federal government oversees nuclear weapons, nuclear reactors, energy conservation, radioactive waste disposal, and energy production. To those of you who care about our environment and would rather not witness a nuclear holocaust might consider this money well spent.

    66. Customs and Border Protection – the CBP is the largest law enforcement agency in America. This is big government that republicans actually do like because they don’t like Mexicans immigrating to our country like our ancestors did. However, this taxpayer funded, socialist agency of the federal government regulates trade, imports, and immigration.

    67. Department of Education – This cabinet of the federal government is actually the smallest. They administer and oversee federal assistance to education. They also collect data and enforce federal laws and regulations involving education. Even though the right thinks that this department is indoctrinating your children, they actually have no control over curriculum or standards.

    68. Secret Service – Your tax dollars are used to provide highly-trained, skilled professional bodyguards to protect the President of the United States.

    69. Peace Corps – The Peace Corps is a volunteer program run by the government that helps people outside of the US to understand our culture as well as helping us learn about other cultures. However they are more well known for their work with economic and social development in less-fortunate countries. Sounds very Christian for being a socialist program, huh?

    70. Department of Justice – The DOJ is responsible for enforcing the law. Socialism keeps our civilization intact.

    71. National Weather Service – Like knowing when a storm, tornado, earthquake, or snow is coming? Socialism makes this possible and available to everyone.

    72. The White House – Our taxpayer dollars through a socialist means pays for the house that the president and his family live in during a presidents time in office.

    73. Government – Like it or not, our country would not be a country without a government. Every single day, government on state and local levels serve us in ways we simply take for granted. Government as an entity operates and functions on our tax dollars through a socialist structured funding system. From the military down to the county dog catcher, socialism turns the wheels that make our society function.

    74. Law – Laws and rules make our democracy possible. Remove these laws and you have sheer anarchy. Laws do not appear out of thin air. To have law, you need a government. You need elected lawmakers to make the laws and a government to implement and enforce them. Socialism is responsible for every law in this country. Without our government and lawmakers which exist thanks to socialism, there would be no laws. So the laws themselves, are enforced and implemented thanks to socialism.

    75. Civilization – As an American citizen, you enjoy freedoms that many in other countries do not. Like anything else in this world, our government is not perfect, but you should be thankful everyday that your country has a government that feels an obligation to serve the people and protect their rights and freedoms. This is completely possible because of government, taxes, and socialism. Do you think the private sector would do a better job of governing our country? Do you think corporations would enact laws to help protect and serve you and your family or them and their profits? The reason you can read this blog and the reason I can write it whether you agree with it or not is because of the freedoms we have here in America enforced and protected through socialist means. Our entire civilization depends on us being a people united. Socialism is a glue that binds us together and makes possible the things that we could not accomplish as individuals working against each other.

    I don’t care who you are.

    Rich or poor. Teaparty Republican or Liberal Socialist.

    You benefit from at least one or more of these 75 American Government-Run, Taxpayer funded Socialist programs, agencies, and laws.

    My overall argument is not for a completely socialist nation. This would not work. A completely capitalist nation would not work either.

    I’m just simply saying that I, as a Democratic Socialist, feel that the two can co-exist. I know this because they always have. Socialism and capitalism have always co-existed in America.

    I also believe in freedom. I believe options are a form of freedom.

    Right now in the United States of America, I can send mail through the public postal service or I can choose a private option like FedEx. I can send my kids to public school or private school.

    As liberals, we don’t want a government takeover, we want options. We think we should have the freedom to be able to choose to have government health care if we don’t like our private plan.

    If we are 18-64, we have no options or freedom over our own health care. I don’t understand why this isn’t viewed as a corporate takeover of health care.

    Socialism is not a bad thing. It is a foundation in this country of ours. Claiming socialism is bad because of radical and non-factual comparisons to Hitler and Stalin is like saying all guns are bad because of the Columbine killers and Jared Loughner.

    National socialism and communism are very, very different from Democratic Socialism here in America. I’d explain further but this topic is for another post, this one is long enough. Besides, socialism defeated Hitler.

    So let’s just stop the madness and have a serious discussion about socialism and the role it plays in America.

    “Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a president and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country” – FDR

    Originally posted to TheNewDeal00 on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 08:13 AM PDT.
    Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and Daily Kos Classics.
    http://www.dailykos.com/ story/ 2012/ 03/ 29/ 1078852/ -75-Ways-Socialism-Has-Improved-America

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    Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried. Winston Churchill

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    The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. H.L. Menkin

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    There is no such dichotomy as “human rights” versus “property rights.”
    No human rights can exist without property rights. – Ayn Rand

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    Wherever there is a jackboot stomping on a human face there will be a
    well-heeled Western liberal to explain that the face does, after all,
    enjoy free health care and 100 percent literacy John Derbyshire

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    If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. – Thomas Paine

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    Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it. – Thomas Sowell

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    Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried. Winston Churchill

    “PC” is another right-wing lie: Missouri proves reactionary forces really are waging war against college kids
    Forget “political correctness”: The truth is young people are really suffering from conservative culture wars

    It’s been trendy in the past few months for pundits to raise the alarm about the supposedly out-of-control culture of “political correctness” on campuses. Audiences are expected to be appalled at students asking for “trigger warnings” before viewing violent material in class or to tsk at young people for not enjoying the comedy stylings of Dennis Miller, which is surely because they are too “P.C.” and not because he’s not funny. We’re meant to see this as a one-sided war of overwrought lefty bullies attacking innocent victims, be it their elders or even peers who aren’t “social justice warriors.”

    No doubt there are some instances where young people, puffed up on self-righteousness and still sloppy about politics, go way too far with the P.C.-policing. But Monday’s resignation of Tim Wolfe as the president of the University of Missouri system in the wake of a wave of racial ugliness on campus should be a reminder that while a few loudmouthed lefties who overplay their hands may be annoying, young people—particularly young women and people of color—are less victimizers than victimized. All this chatter about “trigger warnings” and the supposedly over-coddled young has served to cover up the real story: Young people are under assault from reactionary forces and most of their grievances are not about imagined slights, but about very serious problems they are facing, on and off campus.

    As this timeline from the Maneater, the student newspaper at the University of Missouri shows, the revolt against Wolfe didn’t come out of nowhere. The accusations that Wolfe was indifferent to a handful of racist incidents on campus are only the tip of the iceberg. It appears that, for months now, the campus has been the staging ground for all manner of conservative attacks on the wellbeing of young people not just on campus, but across the state.

    Over the summer, the school tried to take away health insurance subsidies for graduate students, blaming Obamacare. That didn’t last long, but it certainly put students on notice that their basic access to health care was under threat by conservative forces. Then the university got caught up in the state’s heightened anti-choice politics, after state legislators strong-armed the school into forcing a doctor who worked at the school to quit providing abortions at a local Planned Parenthood. The school also canceled contracts with Planned Parenthood that allowed medical and nursing students to gain hours there, in response to the hoax videos that came out over the summer falsely accusing Planned Parenthood of selling body parts. They eventually came to their senses and renewed the contracts, but, as with the graduate student health program, the message was sent: The school was listening to and willing to interfere with the health care and educational access the students had, to pander to the whims of a bunch of delusional culture warriors.

    While all this is happening, black students on campus are reporting a series of racist incidents. Campus protests were invigorated by the protests against police brutality in nearby Ferguson, but it also appears that all this tumult is invigorating racists, too, who are getting increasingly confrontational and provocative. While many news reports suggest that the main complaint against Wolfe was that he was insufficiently responsive to student concerns over this, it was actually much worse: Students report that a car driving Wolfe actually revved up the engine in the face of students who were blocking him in an anti-racism protest, and that one student was bumped by the car. It was likely unintentional, but still the result of treating the very real concerns of students at the center of this culture war whirlwind as if they are nothing but an annoyance.

    Any one of these incidents, in isolation, doesn’t seem like a big deal, but taken together, it becomes easier to see why so many students feel under attack. Nor is this just about the University of Missouri. Young people in general have very real reasons to feel under attack in this country, and the shit show at Missouri is just a boiling over of pressures being felt from coast to coast by young people.

    The culture war is usually discussed in this country in terms of religion, gender, or race, but it’s very rarely discussed in terms of age. But young people are definitely feeling the pain. Police violence is disproportionately dished out on young people of color. The attacks on Planned Parenthood are mostly about depriving teens and women in their early twenties access to contraception and STI services—services that women a little older usually can get through other means. Sexual assault on campus is endemic, but Republicans have responded by trying to make it harder for young women to get protection from their assailants.

    Even the war over Obamacare has a generational aspect to it. Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 are the most likely to be uninsured and therefore have the most to gain under the Medicaid expansion and federal subsidies available through Obamacare. Surprise surprise, these happen to be the aspects of the law getting attacked the most by conservatives. That, and contraception coverage, which again is needed the most by young women who are having sex but may struggle to pay full price for their preferred contraception methods.

    Colleges are becoming a staging ground for this hostility towards young people, where students have to face soaring tuition rates and unmanageable levels of student debt, with elders too busy making fun of “trigger warnings” to worry about the economic destruction being dished out to young adults. Wolfe himself was hired not from the world of academia but from the business world, brought on for his skills at cutting costs more than his commitment to quality education. His hire was a demonstration that the state of Missouri prioritizes slashing education budgets to fund tax cuts over investing in young people’s futures.

    So yes, young people sometimes do silly or nonsensical things in the name of social justice. But if young people in this country feel that they are under attack from reactionary forces, it’s because they are. They struggle to get health care, they pay too much for education, they face dismal job prospects in the real world and far too many of them, particularly young people of color, have to live in fear of police violence. If their reactions are sometimes imperfect, their heightened emotions in this environment are entirely understandable. As Wolfe’s resignation shows, the culture wars on campus are about something much deeper than a few scuffles over Halloween costumes or trigger warnings. While it’s always fun to make fun of overwrought student leftists who go too far, it’s time to start paying some real attention to the serious problems that young people are really facing, in Missouri and in the rest of the country.
    “PC” is another right-wing lie: Missouri proves reactionary forces really are waging war against college kids
    http://www.salon.com/2015/11/09/pc_is_another_right_wing_lie_missouri_proves_reactionary_forces_really_are_waging_war_against_college_kids/
    Amanda Marcotte is a politics writer for Salon. She’s on Twitter @AmandaMarcotte
    http://www.salon.com/2015/11/09/pc_is_another_right_wing_lie_missouri_proves_reactionary_forces_really_are_waging_war_against_college_kids/

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    Low Information Voter Thoughts
    • How do I sign a check on the front?
    • Why stop at Gun Free Zones? We should also create Crime Free Zones!
    • I voted for Change, so how come things are still the same?
    • The National Socialist Party had nothing to do with Socialism, right?
    • We have weekends off, thanks to unions. If enough people join unions,
    we can get the other five days off.
    • My body is my business, but so is what other people earn.
    • I don’t care what the Bill Of Rights is, as long as someone’s footing the bill.
    • Why read the Constitution when you can watch the Daily Show?
    • Voting “D” = free stuff. Voting “R”= bummer, I’ll have to work.
    • I read in Cosmo that Republicans want to ban sex. It’s totally true.
    • We keep voting democrat, but we’re STILL poor.
    • The First lady is like Kim Kardashian, except with other people’s money.
    • Someday I’ll live in my OWN basement.
    http://thepeoplescube.com/peoples-blog/low-information-voter-thoughts-t10490.html

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    The Democratic Majority Is Doomed
    The entitlement mentality can’t survive a weak economy.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324338604578329071895628296.html

    It’s an interesting theory, but of course it’s wrong. Politics, like much in life, tends to move like a pendulum, shifting back and forth around equilibrium. While the liberal Democratic coalition is ascendant now, a few decades ago people were speaking about the decline of the Democrats.

    But the primary reason today’s liberal Democratic coalition will fade is because the very policies it pushes sow the seeds of its own destruction. The coalition can survive over time only by allocating slices of our nation’s economic pie in a way that favors and placates its constituent members. But people, being human, will continually want larger slices of our economic resources, so continued success in placating those members, while at the same time adding the necessary new members, requires a continuing and ever-growing economy. A flat or shrinking economy will never generate the resources needed to feed the coalition.

    Yet the White House and congressional Democrats are working to stifle economic growth. From their views on taxes and redistribution, to their policies on energy and regulation, liberal Democrats are standing in the way of the strong economy their coalition needs.

    Instead of pushing policies that spur innovation and risk-taking, the left advances policies that discourage them. Instead of lower marginal tax rates and less complication in the federal tax code, we see higher rates and more complication. We see new taxes in ObamaCare and the partial expiration of the Bush cuts. California’s new tax on millionaires brings the state rate to more than 13%, and the combined federal and state rate to almost 52%. The high rates are discouraging at least some wealthy taxpayers from staying in or moving to the state. As federal rates increase, such economic discouragement will be found across the nation.

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    Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT): Sequestration Was Obama’s Idea
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAd1trp0rgk&feature=player_detailpage

    Jay Carney Admits Sequester was the President’s idea
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqsxdHVMSbc&feature=player_detailpage

    Sperling Admits Obama Misled in Debate: The President Did Propose the Sequester
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/sperling-admits-obama-misled-debate-president-did-propose-sequester_705015.html

    White House economic adviser Gene Sperling admits that, yes, in fact, the sequestration was President Obama’s plan:

    WH Adviser Gene Sperling: We Did Put Forward The Framework Of Sequester
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTkn3bY6qmQ&feature=player_detailpage

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    ‘No-Government’ Conservatives and the Meta-Narrative
    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/354820/no-government-conservatives-and-meta-narrative-michael-walsh
    The key to understanding the Left is knowing that they inhabit a Manichean fantasy world in which history is controlled by roiling, magical forces, in which signs, symbols, and portents are more important than empirical reality and in which their opponents are not just wrong but evil. They see life as a zero-sum game of winners and losers, with themselves cast as the heroes of their own overarching ur-Narrative, from which all other their other dialectic narratives (rich vs. poor, black vs. white, “privileged” vs. the undeserving poor, the “war on women,” etc.) flow.

    Now along comes former Obama wunderkind speechwriter and Hillary Clinton fan Jon Favreau in the Daily Beast, indulging in a particularly revealing flight of “progressive” fantasy. In this latest installment, the not-entirely-irredeemable “moderate Republicans” have been routed by the orcs and uruk-hai of the far Right, who have finally “purified” the Republican party of its humanitarian streak and can now proceed with their villainous campaign to cast the rest of the world into benighted, perpetual darkness. After hailing a predictable list of “good” Republicans — new pin-up boy Chris Christie, Jeb Bush and, yes, John McCain and Lindsey Graham — for their enlightened responses to such things as federal aid for Hurricane Sandy victims and the recent capitulation on the filibuster, Favreau proceeds to whale the tar out of his revanchist and irredentist straw men:

    The goals of no-government conservatives are not primarily economic. They will propose more tax cuts in times of surplus and times of deficit. They care little when the nonpartisan experts and economists at the Congressional Budget Office say sequestration will cost up to 1.6 million jobs next year, or that immigration reform will boost our GDP, or that Obamacare will reduce the debt over time. No-government conservatives are not compelled by the evidence that temporary benefits such as food stamps and unemployment insurance put money in the pockets of those most likely to spend it at local businesses that will grow and create jobs as a result. Their only jobs agenda, their only growth agenda, their only deficit agenda is eliminating government, no matter how many people it helps or how big a boost it provides the economy.That is also precisely why no-government conservatives view the successful implementation of Obamacare as an existential threat—because it would prove that limited government intervention in the market can still be an effective force for good. It is why some Republicans are threatening a shutdown unless Obama agrees to defund the Affordable Care Act—a step they know can’t even be achieved through the annual budget process.

    As if. In politics, the opposite of something is not necessarily nothing, as Favreau would have it — it’s a different something: in this case, responsive, responsible and limited government.

    Citing fellow lefty Jonathan Chait in an argument from authority and offering Grover Norquist as the poster boy for movement conservatives are just two of Favreau’s many fallacies. You can read a brief fisking of his pipe dream here, and of course you’re free to write your own, to which I would just add that I don’t think even Favreau believes what he’s written — not rationally, anyway. Rather, he’s articulating the Meta-Narrative, the fairy tale that regressive Neanderthals tell each other in order to try and make sense of a world that fundamentally frightens them. It’s the only way they can deal with such an inimical universe, one whose laws of gravity, physics, and economics constantly contradict their tribal beliefs and in which their beautiful theories are subject to relentless muggings by a gang of brutal facts from the Cro-Magnons on the other side of the river.

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    What is a Straw Man Argument?
    http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-straw-man-argument.htm

    A straw man argument is a rhetorical device that is meant to easily prove that one’s position or argument is superior to an opposing argument. However, the straw man argument is regarded as a logical fallacy, because at its core, the person using the device misrepresents the other person’s argument. The person does this because it then becomes easier to knock down the weaker version of the opposing argument with one’s more substantial counter argument.
    The straw man argument, also called straw dog or scarecrow, deliberately misrepresents and weakens the argument of the opposing side.

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    “You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”
    Adrian Pierce Rogers (September 12, 1931 – November 15, 2005), was an American pastor, conservative, author, and a three-term president of the Southern Baptist Convention (1979-1980 and 1986-1988).

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    “The Founding Fathers knew a government can’t control the economy
    without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to
    do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. “ Ronald
    Reagan

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    Schumer Promises Universal Background Checks Won’t Create A Gun Registry… Then Calls It “Universal Registration”…
    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/02/25/schumer-promises-universal-background-checks-wont-create-a-gun-registry-then-calls-it-universal-registration/

    We have seen CONFISCATION being the natural outgrowth of Registration in other countries following the lines of punishing the innocent for the actions of a lunatic.

    Universal Registration with make it that much more arduous to have a means of self-defense.

    Universal Registration with make it that much more expensive to have a means of self-defense with high taxes on transfers.

    Universal Registration with make it easy for the government to harass innocent gun owners with ever increasing requirements to keep what they already own.

    And Universal Registration with make it easy for the government to incrementally CONFISCATE guns on a piecemeal basis until they take them all.

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    Tax bills for rich families approach 30-year high
    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TAXING_THE_RICH?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-03-03-12-55-15

    With Washington gridlocked again over whether to raise their taxes, it turns out wealthy families already are paying some of their biggest federal tax bills in decades even as the rest of the population continues to pay at historically low rates.

    A new analysis, however, shows that average tax bills for high-income families rarely have been higher since the Congressional Budget Office began tracking the data in 1979. Middle- and low-income families aren’t paying as much as they used to.

    The average family in the bottom 20 percent of households won’t pay any federal taxes. Instead, many families in this group will get payments from the federal government by claiming more in credits than they owe in taxes, including payroll taxes. That will give them a negative tax rate.

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    “It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.” –Thomas Sowell

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    Hitler and the socialist dream
    He declared that ‘national socialism was based on Marx’ Socialists have always disowned him. But a new book insists that he was, at heart, a left-winger

    Half a century on, there is much to be said. Even thuggery can have its reasons, and the materials that have newly appeared, though they may not transform judgement, undoubtedly enrich and deepen it. Confidants of Hitler. such as the late Albert Speer, have published their reminiscences; his wartime table-talk is a book; early revelations like Hermann Rauschning’s Hitler Speaks of 1939 have been validated by painstaking research, and the notes of dead Nazis like Otto Wagener have been edited, along with a full text of Goebbels’s diary.

    It is now clear beyond all reasonable doubt that Hitler and his associates believed they were socialists, and that others, including democratic socialists, thought so too. The title of National Socialism was not hypocritical. The evidence before 1945 was more private than public, which is perhaps significant in itself. In public Hitler was always anti-Marxist, and in an age in which the Soviet Union was the only socialist state on earth, and with anti-Bolshevism a large part of his popular appeal, he may have been understandably reluctant to speak openly of his sources. His megalomania, in any case, would have prevented him from calling himself anyone’s disciple. That led to an odd and paradoxical alliance between modern historians and the mind of a dead dictator. Many recent analysts have fastidiously refused to study the mind of Hitler; and they accept, as unquestioningly as many Nazis did in the 1930s, the slogan “Crusade against Marxism” as a summary of his views. An age in which fascism has become a term of abuse is unlikely to analyse it profoundly.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/hitler-and-the-socialist-dream-1186455.html

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    “Wherever there is a jackboot stomping on a human face there will be a
    well-heeled Western liberal to explain that the face does, after all,
    enjoy free health care and 100 percent literacy.” John Derbyshire

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    “There wasn’t a man voting for it who didn’t think that under a setup
    of this kind he’d muscle in on the profits of the men abler than himself.
    There wasn’t a man rich and smart enough but that he didn’t think that somebody was richer and smarter, and this plan would give him a share of his better’s wealth and brain.”

    “But while he was thinking that he’d get uneared benefits from the men above, he forgot about the men below who’d get unearned benefits, too. Heforgot about all his inferiors who’d rush to drain him just as he hoped to drain his superiors. The worker who liked the idea that his need entitled him to a limousine like his boss’s, forgot that every bum andbeggar on earth would come howling that their need entitled them to anicebox like his own.”

    “That was our real motive when we voted – that was the truth of it – but we didn’t like to think it, so the less we liked it, the louder we yelled about our love for the common good.”
    Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand

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    To Understand Obama and the Democrats, You Must Understand Liberal Ideology
    October 30, 2013
    RUSH: You people know this, but I’m glad the story’s out there. Glenn Beck’s website TheBlaze.com has a piece here called, “The Psychology Behind Leftist Lies” by Dr. Gary Casselman, who earned his PhD in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977. I’ll read you some excerpts of this piece. “Liberals comprise only about 20% of the voting public,” and that’s true. In polls where people are asked to identify themselves as conservative, liberal, moderate, independent, wishy-washy, afraid to say, whatever, 20% say they’re liberal.

    Almost 40% say they are conservative. Not Republican or Democrat, but liberal versus conservative. “So,” Dr. Casselman says, “So, how has the left been so successful in swaying the majority of voters to believe what they feed them, when most often what the left says is not supported by the facts and what they do actually does harm to their voting constituents? Well, in mine and Tim Daughtry’s recent book, Waking the Sleeping Giant: How Mainstream Americans Can Beat Liberals At Their Own Game, we discuss the issue of the misinformed and the uninformed voter typically voting for Democrats.

    “Rush Limbaugh often refers to this voting segment as the ‘low information’ voter. It is from this set of voters that the left is able to draw the additional 30-35% of the votes that they need to win elections, taking our country down the path of socialism,” and I have to tell you, these guys are right on the money. There is only 20% hard-core liberals self-identified, but they do own the low-information crowd made up of pop culture warriors and all of that. So his question is: “How do they do this?”

    How do they get these low-information voters? “How do they do this?” Two words are the answer: “They lie. For example, Democrats have convinced the nation that people are poor because they have been treated unfairly and are victims of greedy capitalists. To address this purported social injustice, President Obama’s approach is to ‘re-distribute’ the nation’s wealth. President Johnson pushed through ‘The War on Poverty’ as part of his ‘Great Society’ platform to rectify, supposedly, the ‘social injustice’ committed by those ‘evil capitalists.’

    “The fact is that poverty levels in the United States since The War on Poverty was implemented are unchanged in 50 years — despite the re-distribution of literally trillions of dollars. Since President Obama’s first inauguration, poor people are notably poorer now than when he took office in 2009, only five years ago! Household median income, since President Obama took office, is down $3,000. Since 2009 the poverty rate has risen from 14.3% to nearly 17% in 2013.
    “Additionally, 20% of the nation’s children live in poverty. And the blunt force to the face of Obamacare hasn’t even hit yet. As has been said for years: ‘If you think health care is expensive now, just wait until it is free!’ … The misinformed believe [the lies from the left about Republicans] because it is consistent with the lies they have always been told and already believe. The continuous stream of lies from the left make them feel even more threatened and even angrier,” because the lies from the left about Republicans are designed to be threatening.”

    Republicans won’t negotiate with us on the debt ceiling, threatening the country with the fault of catastrophic economic collapse! Republicans want to kill you! Republicans do this and that! Republicans hate people, Republicans don’t like women, Republican war and all this stuff. “They lie. … Currently, the left is blaming Republicans for the government shutdown, painting Republicans as uncaring, greedy, hateful and corrupt.

    “According to Democrats, Republicans don’t care about children, veterans, seniors, African Americans and the poor. They spew forth lie after lie about how Republicans want to push granny off the cliff, cut social security, school lunches, veteran’s benefits, welfare, etc., indeed wanting to keep the disenfranchised, well, disenfranchised. One cannot listen to the news for more than a minute to see this reflected in the thinking of Republican politicians.

    “On Oct. 7, 2013 on the Kelly File on Fox News, Senator Ted Cruz said that the Veteran’s Administration was closed in the recent government shut down even though the House Republicans had put forth a bill to the senate to fund the agency. But, he goes on to say, Senator Harry Reid won’t bring the bill to the floor. Senator Cruz’s analysis: ‘This just doesn’t make any sense!’ Logically, he is right, it makes no sense. But from a psychological, limbic perspective, it makes perfect sense.”

    Really, I’m just glad to see this, because you know this. We’ve talked about it a lot, but it’s what we’re up against, is lies. In your personal life when you’re up against a liar, pathological liar, you’re frustrated. What do you do, how do you deal with this, particularly if the liar has persuaded other people, and the lies are about you or your family or whatever.

    This is why I say, this is why I keep harping on the fact, I really do believe the solution to all of this lies in ideological education, because there is a truth in the midst of all the lies, and it is that liberals lie. Liberalism is a lie, liberals lie, wherever they are. And if you know that about liberals because you understand the ideology, can you imagine how far ahead of the game we’d be or how much damage we’d have been able to prevent if people simply knew the truth about liberals?

    I mean, it’s why I was able to say “I hope he fails,” ’cause I knew what was in store. It’s not because I have any great powers to predict the future. I just know liberals. Like every square inch of my glorious naked body, I know liberals. And somehow, you know, the truth is a great counter, but what is it Churchill said, “A lie is halfway around the world before the truth even starts to catch up,” or something like that. But you have to first understand the ideology, you have to acknowledge it. The Republicans are not there. They don’t look at the Democrats that way. McCain couldn’t possibly, while in the same breath, praising Hillary Clinton for crying out loud. And for what purpose?

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    Glenn: We don’t lose, period.
    On radio this morning, Glenn gave a passionate hour-long monologue about why those fighting for freedom will always come out on top.

    “I’m going to go through a bunch of stuff really fast. For something like this normally I would sit and plan and promote to it and everything else, but I think you need to know the truth and know it now,” Glenn said. “I think you need to know we are not going to lose. We don’t lose, period. We don’t lose, and I believe I can prove to you they know they are going to lose.”

    “We say this is the last gasp of freedom, right? If freedom disappears, there is nothing left. Last gasp of freedom, the last gasp of the Constitution. No, no. [This is] the last gasp of this system that we have built,” he continued. “This system does not resemble the Constitution. What we are living under right now is not constitutional. It hasn’t been Constitutional in many ways for about 100 years, but it is certainly not constitutional now. So we’re not losing the Constitution, gang. We already lost the constitution… You are not losing man’s freedom. You are about to gain it.”

    We are currently fighting the oldest battle known to man – or as Glenn described it, we are currently fighting Satan’s plan: Will someone else make the decision for you.

    “This is the last gasp of Marxism. This is it. This is it for the entire world. This is: Will we control the entire world? The answer is yes, if it weren’t for technology,” Glenn explained. “This would have worked had it not been for technology.”

    If the power is really at our fingertips, as Glenn believes it is through the power of technology, what do we need to do? We all know the dangers of technology. The internet allows for a permanent record of anything and everything. It also allows for the manipulation of words and actions that has the potential to enslave people. But it also has the power to free people.
    “The same technology they could make a slave out of us, that same technology, if you don’t get lost in the matrix, we can use to network with each other. That’s what they hate the most. Wait a minute. These are real grassroots,” Glenn said. “Because we can network, they cannot control us… The best part: No way to put this genie back in the bottle. There’s no way to put the genie back in the bottle, unless you have an EMP and destroy all technology because they would have to kill 500 million of us. The Internet itself was based around the individual. It was based on the idea that there’s no central bank, there’s no gatekeeper.

    “Freedom is always a new idea because freedom is based on the individual… How can we free even more people than we freed 200 years ago? We don’t have slaves to deal with. We don’t have to compromise on slavery. [The Founders] did. We don’t. Great, so how can we set more people free,” Glenn asked. “Meanwhile, the Marxists are: How can we take this old system that killed 150 million people and not have it end in killing 150 million people this time? Freedom is forever new. Marxism is on its last gasp, and it fails forever.” http://www.glennbeck.com/2013/10/29/glenn-we-don%E2%80%99t-lose-period/

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    “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” Thomas Jefferson

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    “The people cannot delegate to government the power to do anything which
    would be unlawful for them to do themselves.” – John Locke

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    “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” Thomas Jefferson

    ‘Follow the Money’: NSA Spies on International Payments
    The United States’ NSA intelligence agency is interested in international payments processed by companies including Visa, SPIEGEL has learned. It has even set up its own financial database to track money flows through a “tailored access operations” division.

    The National Security Agency (NSA) widely monitors international payments, banking and credit card transactions, according to documents seen by SPIEGEL.

    The information from the American foreign intelligence agency, acquired by former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, show that the spying is conducted by a branch called “Follow the Money” (FTM). The collected information then flows into the NSA’s own financial databank, called “Tracfin,” which in 2011 contained 180 million records. Some 84 percent of the data is from credit card transactions. http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/spiegel-exclusive-nsa-spies-on-international-bank-transactions-a-922276.html

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    Venezuela
    Alternative titles: Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela; República Bolivariana de Venezuela
    Official name República Bolivariana de Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela)
    Form of government federal multiparty republic with a unicameral legislature (National Assembly [1651])
    Head of state and government President: Nicolás Maduro
    Capital Caracas
    Official language Spanish2
    Official religion none
    Monetary unit bolívar3 (plural bolívares; VEF)
    Population (2014 est.) 30,208,000
    Total area (sq mi) 353,841
    Total area (sq km) 916,445
    Urban-rural population Urban: (2012) 93.7%
    Rural: (2012) 6.3%
    Life expectancy at birth Male: (2012) 71.8 years
    Female: (2012) 77.7 years
    GNI per capita (U.S.$) (2013) 12,550
    1Includes 3 seats reserved for indigenous residents.
    2Indigenous Indian languages are also official.
    3The bolívar was redenominated on Jan. 1, 2008; as of this date 1,000 (old) bolívares (VEB) = 1 (new) bolívar or “bolívar fuerte” (VEF).

    Administration and social conditions
    Government

    The Venezuelan constitution of 1999 prescribes a government based on republican, democratic, and federalist principles. Citizens age 21 and older are eligible to vote. All males have had this right since 1872, but universal suffrage was not instituted until 1946. The government is divided into executive, legislative, and judicial branches. During the period 1961–99, the constitution prescribed a government led by a directly elected president, who served a single five-year term, as well as a popularly elected bicameral legislature and a multitiered judicial branch headed by the Supreme Court.
    global.britannica.com/place/Venezuela/Administration-and-social-conditions#

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    “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”—John F. Kennedy

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    Venezuela Re-Jiggers Election Rules to Favor Chavez Ruling Party
    CARACAS – The National Assembly passed a bill setting out a new law under which the distribution of seats after an election is to be weighted towards parties and individuals who win the largest share of votes.

    In the wake of the vote at the end of a brief second debate on Friday, all that’s required now for the legislation to go on to the statute book is for President Hugo Chávez to sign it into law. Since the proposal is said to have emanated from the presidential palace, Miraflores, that’s being taken as a done deal.

    The Electoral Processes Law has predictably stirred up a storm among Chávez’s critics in the Opposition. They claim it represents the end of proportional representation in Venezuela.

    However, the smaller parties allied to the government – Patria Para Todos (PPT) and the Venezuelan Communist Party (PCV) – have also voiced misgivings. Their fear is that the change will push them into political irrelevance because their smaller number of votes won’t count for so much any more.

    The government has shrugged off such murmurs of discontent with the argument that the majority opinion should have the final say. Government advisors talk about “the tyranny of the minority” impeding social progress.

    Few voices were raised against the legislation in the chamber, which is all but entirely dominated by Chávez’s ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and its minor allies. The mainstream Opposition isn’t represented after abruptly pulling out of the last parliamentary elections in 2005 alleging unfairness and a lack of transparency in a decision that’s highly questioned to this day.
    http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=340588&CategoryId=10717

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    Facts are to the mind what food is to the body. Edmund Burke

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    The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. H.L. Menkin

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    Facts are to the mind what food is to the body. Edmund Burke

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    Venezuela’s ruling party targets new opposition leader http://news.yahoo.com/venezuelas-ruling-party-targets-opposition-leader-203956854.html?soc_src=mediacontentstory&soc_trk=tw via @YahooNews

    Venezuela’s ruling party targets new opposition leader
    February 24, 2015
    Caracas (AFP) – Lawmakers from Venezuela’s ruling party said Tuesday they have asked prosecutors to investigate a leading opposition lawmaker for conspiring to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, the latest attack on his opponents.

    The move came after leaders of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela accused Julio Borges, a lawmaker for the opposition Justice First party, of participating in an alleged coup plot against Maduro.
    https://news.yahoo.com/venezuelas-ruling-party-targets-opposition-leader-203956854.html?

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    “The Founding Fathers knew a government can’t control the economy
    without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to
    do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. “ Ronald
    Reagan

    “You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”
    Adrian Pierce Rogers (September 12, 1931 – November 15, 2005), was an American pastor, conservative, author, and a three-term president of the Southern Baptist Convention (1979-1980 and 1986-1988).

    Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it. – Thomas Sowell

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    “The Founding Fathers knew a government can’t control the economy
    without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to
    do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. “ Ronald
    Reagan

    “You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”
    Adrian Pierce Rogers (September 12, 1931 – November 15, 2005), was an American pastor, conservative, author, and a three-term president of the Southern Baptist Convention (1979-1980 and 1986-1988).

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    “It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.” –Thomas Sowell

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    Safeguards keeping the NSA from spying on Americans were removed by the Obama administration

    According to a new report from The Washington Post, President Obama’s administration sought to relax restrictions on National Security Agency surveillance in 2011, winning permission from a surveillance court to deliberately search for the intercepted phone calls and emails of citizens without a warrant. The court also reportedly extended the length of time that the NSA is permitted to store intercepted US communications to 6 years, up from 5, and even longer under “special circumstances.”
    The 2011 decision overturns a 2008 ban on warrantless searches of the NSA’s databases containing email and phone call records of American citizens and legal residents.

    The Post’s report comes as the Obama administration and the US intelligence community have made a concerted effort to reassure American citizens that surveillance programs strike the right balance between national security needs and respect for civil liberties.

    As part of that PR effort the Obama administration and the US intelligence community declassified a secret court order in August, revealing that the NSA regularly collected thousands of emails and other communications each year belonging to US citizens with no connection to international terrorism. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, author of the declassified opinion, scrutinized the program and required the NSA to make procedural changes to protect civil liberties. But the restrictions were related to the agency’s “upstream” collection methods, which pull data directly from internet cables, and not “downstream” collection from companies like Google and Yahoo, which the relaxed rules detailed by today’s report from the Post concern.

    Government officials confirmed to the Post that the administration had requested the lift on the ban, but would not acknowledge how many warrantless searches have been performed. According to the declassified FISA court order released in August, the NSA uses its PRISM data collection program to “acquire” more than 200 million “internet communications” each year, which largely come from companies like Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo. http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/8/4707920/nsa-domestic-spying-restrictions-obama-administration

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    “There wasn’t a man voting for it who didn’t think that under a setup
    of this kind he’d muscle in on the profits of the men abler than himself.
    There wasn’t a man rich and smart enough but that he didn’t think that somebody was richer and smarter, and this plan would give him a share of his better’s wealth and brain.”

    “But while he was thinking that he’d get uneared benefits from the men above, he forgot about the men below who’d get unearned benefits, too. Heforgot about all his inferiors who’d rush to drain him just as he hoped to drain his superiors. The worker who liked the idea that his need entitled him to a limousine like his boss’s, forgot that every bum andbeggar on earth would come howling that their need entitled them to anicebox like his own.”

    “That was our real motive when we voted – that was the truth of it – but we didn’t like to think it, so the less we liked it, the louder we yelled about our love for the common good.”
    Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand

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    Friday, February 09, 2007
    Origins of the Word Capitalism: Thackeray not Marx?
    Robert Lawson writes:

    Recently I was explaining to a friend why I generally refrain from using the word “Capitalism”:

    “My reasoning is mostly tactical. The word was first coined by Marx and continues to be used as a pejorative by the left. ‘Capitalism’ as a term implies to me that capital is special and that the owners of capital, the capitalists, are therefore the special beneficiaries of the system. This of course was Marx’s view. Even today, to many people capitalist = fat cat. But the fact is that ‘capital’ as a factor of production plays no more of a special role in a market economy than any other factor. You and I would argue that the real beneficiaries of the system are consumers and laborers. It would in my book be more accurate to say “laborism” than “capitalism”.

    Comment
    I am not sure that Karl Marx invented the word ‘capitalism’; he certainly began using early, particularly in volume 1 of ‘Capital’, or at least his editors of the Moscow edition sprinkle his text liberally with it (from memory).

    The Oxford English Dictionary, considered an authority on the English language, credits William Makepeace Thackeray for the first published use of the word ‘capitalism’ in his novel, The Newcomes (1853-55), though it is clear from its context that this refers to finance capital, rather than as a ‘system’. Financiers in 19th century novels tend to get a bad press; see Trollope’s ‘The Way We Live Now’.

    The origin of the word ‘capitalist’ is of much earlier vintage: in French, A. R. J. Turgot (1727-1781) used ‘capitaliste’ in his essay, ‘Reflection on the Formation and Distribution of Wealth’ (1769-1770), and WilliamGodwin used its English version, ‘capitalist’, in his Political Justice (1794).

    I take Robert Lawson’s point about the word capitalist over emphasizing its importance as the main factor of production, though I am not so sure that ‘laborism’ is a better alternative because it is another factor. I would have thought that ‘consumer’ is better than ‘capitalist’ and ‘labourer’ (two factors) bearing in mind that Adam Smith considered the consumer was the sole purpose of production (perhaps ‘consumerism’?).

    Still, Smith called his fourth age of man, ‘commerce’ (after Hunting, Shepherding and Farming), and I have long preferred to name it as he did, despite the differences between the elements that he considered were important in the commercial economy and the mass consumer societies that have followed. Just a thought.

    [Read the ‘Division of Labour’ Blog, to which Robert Lawson is a regular contributor, at: http://www.divisionoflabour.com/%5D
    https://adamsmithslostlegacy.blogspot.fr/2007/02/origins-of-word-capitalism-thackeray.html

    Blogger Robert said…

    I agree that “capitalism” is a misleading term, but I am surprised to see that no one is mentioning “the free market” (which is a sylable shorter) or “free enterprise” as an alternative. Or “economic freedom.”

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    The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. H.L. Menkin

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    There is no such dichotomy as “human rights” versus “property rights.”
    No human rights can exist without property rights. – Ayn Rand

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    Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it. – Thomas Sowell

    Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it. – Thomas Sowell

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    The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. H.L. Menkin

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    There is no such dichotomy as “human rights” versus “property rights.”
    No human rights can exist without property rights. – Ayn Rand

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    Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it. – Thomas Sowell

    Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it. – Thomas Sowell

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    In “The Road to Serfdom,” Friedrich Hayek noted that “the power which a multiple millionaire, who may be my neighbor and perhaps my employer, has over me is very much less than that which the smallest functionnaire possesses who wields the coercive power of the state on whose discretion it depends whether and how I am to be allowed to live or to work.”

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    Jerry Brown Touts ‘Coercive Power of the State’ on Climate Change
    Tells an audience in Paris to never underestimate that power being used “in the service of good.”

    California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) raised some eyebrows while attending the United Nations Climate Summit in Paris, proclaiming the “coercive power of the central state” is needed to promote good public policy, specifically when it comes to a cleaner environment.

    Taking part in an onstage presentation with billionaire and climate activist Tom Steyer, Brown said government regulations force companies to adopt clean technologies.

    After Steyer mentioned business frameworks, Brown said, “Tom, you used the phrase ‘policy.’ Good policy. But I want to unpack that term a little bit. Inside the policy, you need a law. You need a rule. You need the coercive power of government to say, ‘Do this.’ Now, you have to be wise and don’t say something stupid or order something stupid but the fact is, the regulations supported by the laws drive innovation.”

    The Sacramento Bee reported that Brown later urged a small crowd to “never underestimate the coercive power of the central state in the service of good.”

    “You can be sure California is going to keep innovating, keep regulating,” the 77-year-old Democrat said. “And, shall I say, keep taxing.”
    [..]
    “Gov. Brown’s statement is a frank admission that politicians and government in the U.S. are out of control,” said Dan Kish, senior vice president at the Institute for Energy Research, a public policy organization that calls for free market solutions on energy policy.

    “The governor bragged about the ‘coercive powers of government’ and how his state would keep regulating and taxing. The United States was formed to put citizens in charge of their lives by putting a fence around government power and control,” Kish said in an email to Watchdog.org.

    “Gov. Brown has shown he thinks people should be inside the fence, with government, and their crony business partners, using its coercive and taxing powers to make them do what the politicians say, and it’s illustrative he is doing it at the Climate Summit in Paris. This is how freedom is lost and tyranny and coercion prevail.”
    https://reason.com/archives/2015/12/13/jerry-brown-touts-coercive-power-of-the

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    Jerry Brown: ‘Never underestimate the coercive power of the central state’
    December 7, 2015
    PARIS

    One of the goals of Californians who traveled to Paris for climate talks this week was to showcase green-energy businesses that are succeeding in the state.

    But on Monday it was the “coercive power” of government for which Gov. Jerry Brown was seeking credit.

    Regulations, he said at an event with billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer at an art museum in the city, “work hand in glove” with innovation, forcing companies to adapt to cleaner technologies. Brown held out the introduction of the catalytic converter and the proliferation of renewable energy as examples of industry responding to regulation.

    “You do have to have, at the end of the day, a regulation, a law,” he said. “Progress comes from well-designed regulatory objectives that business then follows.”

    Later, at the site where world leaders are meeting to negotiate a climate pact outside of Paris, Brown urged a small crowd to “never underestimate the coercive power of the central state in the service of good.”

    “You can be sure California is going to keep innovating, keep regulating,” the Democratic governor said. “And, shall I say, keep taxing.”
    http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article48466200.html


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    Jerry Brown Hails Climate Deal, Calls for ‘Aggressive Action’ http://bit.ly/1UkGw3V via @BreitbartNews

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    “Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.” – Alexis de Tocqueville

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    The Democrats’ socialism problem http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/dec/14/jason-pye-the-democrats-socialism-problem/#.VnAtrYtkKIw.twitter via @washtimes

    The Democrats’ socialism problem
    The party is lunging leftward thanks to Bernie Sanders
    Since his first run for the White House, Barack Obama has mocked political opponents who have called him a socialist due to his promotion of class warfare, frequent calls for increased spending, and costly regulatory agenda. He was successful at making his political opponents look crazy, but Bernie Sanders‘ rise is a problem for the Democratic Party.

    When Mr. Sanders began toying with the idea of a presidential bid, he made it clear that his run would focus on issues popular with the Democratic Party’s so-called “progressive” wing. Indeed, his campaign platform is filled with all sorts of “freebies” that will require massive increases in taxes and spending. His message is resonating. He captured 33 percent of registered Democrats in the most recent CBS News-New York Times poll, up from 27 percent in September.

    During the summer, when Mr. Sanders began his ascent in the polls, MSNBC host Chris Matthews asked Democratic National Committee chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz about the difference between a Democrat and a socialist. Initially speechless, she uncomfortably deflected. “The more important question is,” she said, “what is the difference between being a Democrat and being a Republican.”

    In a separate appearance just days later on “Meet the Press,” Ms. Wasserman Schultz was asked the same question and, once again, she deflected by going after the Republican presidential candidates. Questions about socialism may be awkward for Democratic leaders, but Mr. Sanders and his team think his beliefs jive with the party.
    [..]
    Mr. Sanders has praised the Scandinavian socialist model, which he wants the United States to emulate. “I think there’s much that we can learn from those countries that have had social democratic governments and labor governments or whatever,” he told USA Today.

    Indeed, there is much we can learn, but the lesson isn’t about the perceived wonders of socialism, but rather how socialism has stunted economic growth and diminished prosperity. In reality, Sweden began moving away from socialism years ago. Apparently, Mr. Sanders never got the memo.

    “The admired Swedish model was in fact abandoned in the 1970s, precisely when it gained its international fame and admiration. Then the world’s highest tax rates were introduced, together with interventionism, particularly in social policy and the labor market,” Waldemar Ingdahl wrote in The Freeman in 2007. “An ill-fated attempt to introduce the radical ‘next step’ toward Yugoslav-style trade-union-controlled socialism ended the decade.”

    Similarly, Nima Sanandaji, author of “Scandinavian Unexceptionalism: Culture, Markets and the Failure of Third-Way Socialism,” explains that Sweden’s socialist experiment “proved such a colossal failure that few even in the left today view the memory as something positive.”

    Sweden has continued to implement reforms to alleviate the burden of its generous welfare state. Its economy has grown and unemployment has fallen and as a result, though still not as successful as, say, Switzerland, which has been more market-oriented than Scandinavian countries.

    Despite the clear case against Scandinavian socialism, Mr. Sanders has trotted out several proposals. Basically, he is Matthew Lesko, the annoying guy famous for his infomercial about “free” money, sans the over-the-top enthusiasm.
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/dec/14/jason-pye-the-democrats-socialism-problem/

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    All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party. Mao Zedung

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    A lie told often enough becomes the truth. Lenin

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    5 Myths Many Economists Believe | Donald J. Boudreaux http://fee.org/articles/5-economic-myths-that-many-economists-believe/ via @feeonline

    5 Myths Many Economists Believe
    They fail public choice and basic price theory
    There are many such fallacies, and it’s difficult to rank-order them according to their ridiculousness. My list and rank-ordering, of course, reflects my own understanding of economics (which is Hayekian-Alchianian-Coasean-Buchananite-McCloskeyan) and my subjective assessment of ridiculousness.

    But Mr. Bryant’s question is fun, so here’s a list of five:

    (5) The idea that government-subsidized health care will lower the cost of health care.

    (4) The notion that government must have monopoly control over the money supply in order to ensure sound performance of the economy.

    (3) The belief that large differences among people in monetary incomes or monetary wealth reflect some “market failure” that ought to be “addressed” by the state.

    (2) The blind faith that government officials in democratic societies can be trusted to exercise power over people who economists do not trust to make choices for themselves.

    (1-b) The notion that welfare payments (other than EITC) “subsidize” employers by pushing workers’ wages lower.

    (1-a) The notion that the minimum wage is, or can practically be, a boon to all low-skilled workers.

    Each of these notions reflects not only an ignorance of history but also an utter failure to grasp basic price theory.
    http://fee.org/articles/5-economic-myths-that-many-economists-believe/

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    A lie told often enough becomes the truth. Lenin

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    Never waste a good crisis Hillary Clinton

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    Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.

    Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

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    In “The Road to Serfdom,” Friedrich Hayek noted that “the power which a multiple millionaire, who may be my neighbor and perhaps my employer, has over me is very much less than that which the smallest functionnaire possesses who wields the coercive power of the state on whose discretion it depends whether and how I am to be allowed to live or to work.”

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    Once again we see the utter Failure of the Left’s national Socialist agenda:

    Is the US economy running out of gas?
    Is there another U.S. recession on the way?

    That’s a question rattling investors, worrying business leaders and shaping the debate on the presidential campaign trail.

    The answer depends a lot on how you measure the strength and durability of the recovery, now in its seventh year based the business cycle dates tracked by economists at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

    “There is always some chance of recession in any year,” Fed Chair Janet Yellen told Senators on Thursday. “But the evidence suggests that expansions don’t die of old age.”

    To see how this recovery compares, CNBC tracked a series of economic and market data over the last eight recessions since 1960 — starting each cycle with the beginning of each downturn.

    By just about every measure, the current expansion has been the weakest of the eight.

    One of the main reasons has been the relatively sluggish pace of spending an investment — by consumers, government and businesses — since the Great Recession began in December 2007. Consumer spending has recovered far more slowly than past recoveries. And despite a massive stimulus program in 2010, government spending at all levels is actually lower than when the Great Recession hit.
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    http://www.cnbc.com/2016/02/11/is-the-us-economy-running-out-of-gas.html

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    Poli-sci: 101 The Real political spectrum
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3395837/posts

    Poli-sci: 101 The Real political spectrum
    This is a short dissertation on the Real political spectrum, Each step of the way will be confirmed by the dictionary definitions of the various political ideologies and how they relate to the spectrum.

    In order to properly set it out in a logical manner we need to base it on the metric of governmental power since this should be the clearest method of distinguishing where the ideologies fall on the spectrum.
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    1. Government Control scale.
    For the sake of simplicity we will use a scale of %0 to %100 with zero for no governmental control and ranging up to 100 for total government control. Since its generally axiomatic that Conservatives and Libertarians favour Limited and lesser government it will start with zero on the Right end of the scale. And by the same token the tendency of the left is for increased government control and thus the Left end will be %100 governmental control.

    2. Defining the ends of the scale.
    The zero point will clearly correspond to the ideological condition of anarchy

    Full Definition of ANARCHY
    1a : absence of government
    b : a state of lawlessness or political disorder due to the absence of governmental authority
    c : a utopian society of individuals who enjoy complete freedom without government
    2 a : absence or denial of any authority or established order
    b : absence of order : disorder not manicured plots but a wild anarchy of nature — Israel Shenker
    Origin of ANARCHY
    Medieval Latin anarchia, from Greek, from anarchos having no ruler, from an- + archos ruler
    First Known Use: 1539
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anarchy

    While the 100 percent corresponding to the condition of a Total government Control:

    Definition of TOTALITARIAN
    1a : of or relating to centralized control by an autocratic leader or hierarchy : authoritarian, dictatorial; especially : despotic
    b : of or relating to a political regime based on subordination of the individual to the state and strict control of all aspects of the life and productive capacity of the nation especially by coercive measures (as censorship and terrorism)
    2a : advocating or characteristic of totalitarianism
    b : completely regulated by the state especially as an aid to national mobilization in an emergency
    First Known Use of TOTALITARIAN
    circa 1934
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/totalitarian

    3. Now that we have established those data points we can examine what occurs as one moves along the scale from right to left

    The right end scale with smaller percentages of Government control would have Libertarianism followed by Conservatism.

    Full Definition of LIBERTARIAN
    1: an advocate of the doctrine of free will
    2a : a person who upholds the principles of individual liberty especially of thought and action
    b capitalized : a member of a political party advocating libertarian principles
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/libertarianism

    right wing: the part of a political group that consists of people who support conservative or traditional ideas and policies : the part of a political group that belongs to or supports the Right
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/right%20wing

    Definition of CONSERVATISM
    1capitalized
    a : the principles and policies of a Conservative party
    b : the Conservative party
    2 a : disposition in politics to preserve what is established
    b : a political philosophy based on tradition and social stability, stressing established institutions, and preferring gradual development to abrupt change; specifically : such a philosophy calling for lower taxes, limited government regulation of business and investing, a strong national defense, and individual financial responsibility for personal needs (as retirement income or health-care coverage)
    3: the tendency to prefer an existing or traditional situation to change
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conservatism

    Moving on towards the Left to the higher reaches of the scale corresponding to higher and higher levels of government control

    left wing: the part of a political group that consists of people who support liberal or socialist ideas and policies : the part of a political group that belongs to or supports the Left
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/left%20wing

    Definition of SOCIALISM
    1: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
    2a : a system of society or group living in which there is no private property
    b : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
    3: a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done
    First Known Use of SOCIALISM
    1837

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/socialism

    Full Definition of FASCISM
    1 often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
    2: a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control early instances of army fascism and brutality — J. W. Aldridge
    Origin of FASCISM
    Italian fascismo, from fascio bundle, fasces, group, from Latin fascis bundle & fasces fasces
    First Known Use: 1921
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fascism

    Definition of COMMUNISM
    1a : a theory advocating elimination of private property
    b : a system in which goods are owned in common and are available to all as needed
    2capitalized
    a : a doctrine based on revolutionary Marxian socialism and Marxism-Leninism that was the official ideology of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
    b : a totalitarian system of government in which a single authoritarian party controls state-owned means of production
    c : a final stage of society in Marxist theory in which the state has withered away and economic goods are distributed equitably
    d : communist systems collectively
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/communism

    Thus we have set out a basic scale of the real political spectrum backed up by the factual definitions of the various points on the scale. While there may be disagreements with regard to the specific locations where a particular ideology will fall, the overall sequence will still be sound.

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    Physicist formulates how long conspiracy theories could realistically remain a secret « Hot Air Headlines http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2016/01/27/physicist-formulates-how-long-conspiracy-theories-could-realistically-remain-a-secret/
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    ‘If moon landings were fake, the truth would have come out in 4 years’ http://dailym.ai/1ShviOi via @MailOnline

    ‘If the moon landings were fake, the truth would have been exposed within 4 years’: Physicist formulates how long conspiracy theories could realistically remain a secret

    A physicist calculated how many people would have potentially worked on popular theories, from the moon landings to climate change
    He then formulated how likely it would be that the secrets would be kept
    Moon landings would have been exposed in three years and eight months
    For a plot to last five years, it would need to involve just 2,521 people

    From the moon landings being an elaborate hoax, to climate change deniers, there are many conspiracy theories that are believed by a large number of people worldwide.

    But the amount of people who would have been involved in keeping such large-scale secrets suggests that if they were true, they would have been exposed by someone by now.

    With this in mind, a physicist has calculated how many people would have potentially worked on some of the most popular theories, and what is the likelihood of them all keeping a secret.
    Using this model, the truth about the moon landings being a hoax would have been exposed in three years and eight months.

    A climate change fraud would have been uncovered in three years nine months, a vaccination conspiracy would take three years and two months to be revealed, and a suppressed cancer cure would come to light after three years and three months.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3417640/Oxford-University-physicist-formulates-long-conspiracy-theories-remain-secret.html

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    “Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.” – Alexis de Tocqueville.

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    “Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.” – Alexis de Tocqueville.

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    “Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. Or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States when men were free.” Ronald Reagan.

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    Distrust all men in whom the impulse to punish is powerful. – Friedrich Nietzsche

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    “You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a
    reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very
    phrases which our founding fathers used in their struggle for
    independence.” Charles A. Beard, Historian (1874-1948)

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    “Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. Or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States when men were free.” Ronald Reagan.

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    Distrust all men in whom the impulse to punish is powerful. – Friedrich Nietzsche

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    “You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a
    reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very
    phrases which our founding fathers used in their struggle for
    independence.” Charles A. Beard, Historian (1874-1948)

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    “Collectivism doesn’t work because it’s based on a faulty economic
    premise. There is no such thing as a person’s “fair share” of wealth.
    The gross national product is not a pizza that must be carefully divided
    because if I get too many slices, you have to eat the box. The economy
    is expandable and, in any practical sense, limitless.” – P.J. O’Rourke

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    “Collectivism doesn’t work because it’s based on a faulty economic
    premise. There is no such thing as a person’s “fair share” of wealth.
    The gross national product is not a pizza that must be carefully divided
    because if I get too many slices, you have to eat the box. The economy
    is expandable and, in any practical sense, limitless.” – P.J. O’Rourke

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    In “The Road to Serfdom,” Friedrich Hayek noted that “the power which a multiple millionaire, who may be my neighbor and perhaps my employer, has over me is very much less than that which the smallest functionnaire possesses who wields the coercive power of the state on whose discretion it depends whether and how I am to be allowed to live or to work.”

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    In “The Road to Serfdom,” Friedrich Hayek noted that “the power which a multiple millionaire, who may be my neighbor and perhaps my employer, has over me is very much less than that which the smallest functionnaire possesses who wields the coercive power of the state on whose discretion it depends whether and how I am to be allowed to live or to work.”

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