by Ken Bylund
January 16, 2012
Probably wrong to repeat this comparison, but here's how Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary covers the alternatives, and the question to keep in mind is... which of these systems do you want to live under?
com-mu-nisim \ n - 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 2a : a doctrine based on Marxism-Leninism that is the official ideology of the [failed] U.S.S.R. b : a totalitarian system of government in which a single authoritarian party controls state owned means of production with the professed aim of establishing a stateless society c : a final stage in Marxist theory in which the state has withered away and economic goods are distributed equitably.
Note: problem with the "final stage" it never withers away - any government Fascist State will hold dictatorial power indefinitely... seems like human nature - a Monkey Trap - can't let go of the prize. - PS. Aristocracy is fascism - oligarchy is close enough.
fas-cism \ n 1 : a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and race above individual and stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition. 2 : a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control.
Note: the clear result of promising socialism and universal utopian hedonism to gain power and then holding that power through "terrorist maneuvers" - like Hitler's Third Reich, Mao, Lenin, Kim Jong Il's Democratic People's Republic of [North] Korea, one of too many extreme current world examples.
cap-i-tal-ism \ n an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision rather than by state control, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market.
oli-gar-chy \ n 1 : a government in which a small group exercises control esp. for corrupt and selfish purposes; also : a group exercising such control... [sound's familiar?]
Almost unfair to use facts to rebuke your diatribe but we know by your words what you hate; tell us what you want? Rule by one party is not a new idea; think your people vs. my people will ever consider term limits with legal insider trading so lucrative? Look way back to 1969 when congress and LBJ funneled our [too fat?] Social Security Trust Fund into the General Fund via the "unified budget action"... how can that stunning fact be overlooked? Be interested in your problem/solution re-design of economic theory and how it will save civilization; keep in mind, printing money, the Zimbabwe currency example, and where that went, and eliminate the hate speech, doesn't add weight to your argument.
So, even narcissistic thieves, of which there are many running our government, are better than murders like Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao tse Tung, Kim Jong Il, Saddam Hussein... so what's your plan? Ayn Rand and Friedrich Hayek are honest to God heroes who saw the choice and made it. Capitalism is a practical economic system and parasites, rich and poor, will take advantage of any system... and blaming the system for bad behavior is ignorant, at worst, dumb.
Shameless dishonesty and obfuscation -- or truth? Truth is the proven method of achieving positive change and expressing reason.
-- If one has no affection for a person or a system, one should feel free to give the fullest expression to his disaffection so long as he does not contemplate, promote, or incite violence -- Mahatma [the Great Soul] Gandhi.
Received January 13, 2012 - Published January 16, 2012
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