Friday, September 21, 2018

168th Candidate Kristin Seale's retweet of a "revolution" towards capitalism ought to make for an interesting election season.





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  1. Orwell was right: "Socialists don't care about the poor, they just hate the rich."

    "The Road To Wigan Pier" Ch. 11




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    1. Therefore...Kristin Seale and the many other progressive activists like her aren't motivated by a desire to address injustice? What was Orwell right about? He was a committed lifetime socialist. Through his writings you discover someone capable of criticizing injustice whether it came from a totalitarian state or the kind of abject inequality that results from private control over (what should be) community resources. Which would you say we are faced with in the US today?

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  2. Socialism's oversimplified purpose is to flatten inequality - social, gender, economic, etc. However, when in the last 200 years has either a left or right achieved this goal?



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    1. When has anyone ever eliminated poverty or hunger? As Unknown observes, some societies address the issue better than others. But it's fallacious to say that because poverty and hunger still exist there is no point in addressing the issue.

      Look, I've read a lot of what you would the call the right-wing's "intellectual heritage" and I basically don't see an interest on the right in addressing these types of issues. Mainstream economists will tell you inequality is "good" for economic growth, at least so long as things don't get so extreme that people riot. The right pretty much focuses on the idea that trying to do anything through government to improve people's lives or address social issues is a non-starter because government can't do anything, only the private sector can function effectively -- so make sure more resources are being diverted to the goal of private gain: the entrepreneurs and "job-creators" will save us if we keep them in control. That is our current form of private enterprise in a nutshell and we see how it is working out in its social effects.

      Socialism has always been a response to the injustices inherent in letting a minority of the population control the society's resources. It addresses economic inequality in the same way #MeToo addresses inequality between genders and Black Lives Matters addresses the relationship between people of color and civil authorities. The socialist solution has always been to make the society more democratic by putting more or fewer parts of the economy under public control. Government is the institution through which modern societies practice democracy. It's little wonder that the right takes such an "anti-government" stance in public: they want to convince the electorate it will never be able to do anything for them, all while expanding the government in areas where it can protect private interests (namely, corporations).

      It makes sense that as economic inequality broadens so does the renewed interest in socialism. The younger generations are looking at their prospects for the future and they don't like what they see. The right has no answers for them other than more of the same.

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    2. Communal suffering with no reward for innovation and hard work. Works every time.

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    3. Stalin told the Ukrainians the same thing. #Holodomor Perhaps there are still posters that can be sent to Venezuela

      The Soviet's printed posters declaring: "To eat your own children is a barbarian act."

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  3. Wow, Chris Quinn's "accomplishments" must really stand for themselves if this is the level of communication issued by the GOP.

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  4. “Communal suffering with no reward for innovation and hard work.”

    In the US this is called privatizing profit, socializing losses! A community can innovate/work hard all they want but in the end they don’t own the fruits of their labor. Consider the rust belt.

    Stalin — really? Because Stalin-era Russia is analogous to the situation Americans find themselves in how exactly?

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  5. Republicans are really desperate. They must be very afraid. We all know their numbers are shrinking but now smear tactics

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  6. I can't believe you would post my comment. Censorship much

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  7. Another entitled creep. Just look at this guy Reilly. Tedman is in love.

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  8. Typical Tedman a little queen. He wont post opposing comments

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