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  • Capitalism, Socialism, Fascism or Communism – You Tell Me Where Our Country Is At

    by Founder on May 25, 2009

    in Voice of the People

    People love to chatter back and forth about where this country is headed – about what kind of government Obama is changing our government into. People wonder if we are doing the right thing with our monetary policies or whether we are headed towards Socialism or Communism – or where ever you think this great country may be heading. Everyone has their opinion.

    So now it is time for YOU too make your own opinion. You can read the actual definitions of these different forms of society and make your own educated guess as to where we are as a country – right now – and maybe more important were we are headed. Let us begin.

    These are the official Merriam-Webster Dictionary definitions of each of these philosophies.

    1. Capitalism – An economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market. – Say that out loud – it Just sounds so free and empowering. Like it just bursts with “America!”
    2. Socialism – Any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods. ** A system of society or group living in which there is no private property. ** A system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state. ** A stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between Capitalism and Communism and distinguished by the unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done. – Reading that one out loud gives the feeling of rigidity and restraint – a greyness and dullness.

    3. Fascism – From the Italian Fascismo, from Fascio – meaning bundle, fasces or group. From Latin Fascis – bundle. – A political philosophy, movement or regime 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. * A tendency towards or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control. - Wow! Read that one and it sounds very militaristic in nature – a lot of control, a lot of poor and very few elite rich – a very futuristic and scary image.
    4. Statism – Concentration of economic controls and planning in the hands of a highly centralized government often extending to government ownership of industry. – This one sounds eerily close….
    5. Communism – A theory advocating elimination of private property. * A system in which goods are owned in common and are available to all as needed. * A doctrine based on revolutionary Marxian socialism and Marxism-Leninism that was the official ideology of the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics. * A totalitarian system of government in which a single authoritarian party controls state-owned means of production. * A final stage of society in Marxist theory in which the state has withered away and economic goods are distributed equitably. – This one is straight out of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged – no one could have written it better. It is a scary scenario with the mindless masses pushing out the actual few who can produce and think.

    So which do you think best represents where we are at right now? I wouldn’t think there are too many that think this country is entrenched in Capitalism or that Obama is heading us right up the glorious road towards a gold paved Capitalistic society!

    I think if you are objective and examine these definitions it is pretty easy to determine which apply to Obama’s policies and which apply to where our government is right now. Notice that Capitalism as so easy to read and filled with words of openness and hope and freedom and opportunity – those words immediately vanished from the definitions of all the other philosophies.

    It is clear that if you want a life of happiness, freedom and prosperity – that Capitalism is the one and only way to go – if you like “things” and opportunities, and limitless possibilities then Capitalism is the game for you.

    IF however you want to put some restraints on this freedom, some limits on this earning possibility – and some heavy redistribution of my income and yours to those that “just don’t try” then you will like these other ways of society – just don’t try to better yourself – the government will be against it the whole way.

    If you are for Capitalism and the Constitution – for freedom and prosperity – for letting businesses fail when they no longer make a profit – for entrepreneurs guiding this great country with Capitalistic innovation – if you are for the true America – then please make your voice heard today – and let us stamp out any threat of Socialism, Fascism or Communism – but we must do it quick as I can smell these three killers of society lurking right around the corner ready to be unleashed by our radical Congress and new President. Make your voice heard today.

    the unearthly dvd

    { 3 comments… read them below or add one }

    n3w.sk1n.2012 October 4, 2011

    Please wake up…for your own sake people! None of these economic systems have proven themselves of any worth over the past 100 years. Capitalism, especially, marks the end of freedom…and at the hands of its own people! Continue frolicking along its path and find yourself, family, friends AND YOUR COUNTRY in an immutable state of debt. But wait! There’s hope! Your government…hold on…better yet…the corporate entities that control your government will exercise their power to create a world in which manipulation, exploitation, and slavery are ubiquitous throughout all other nations but your own. The people elsewhere sew the seeds while you and your country (corporate entities) reap the benefits…and while all this is occurring you get to sit in your throne of naivety; voting for your party’s runners, taking out loans, indoctrinating your children, consuming, consuming, and consuming. What a GREAT life you must live when all you have to do is close your eyes, shut down your mind, and turn your head! I envy you…really…


    Stephanie January 12, 2012

    I’m 31 & have just only begun really evaluating our government and really asking questions after 9/11, but truly started to open my eyes to this after the 2006 bill (introduced by the Bush administration called, The Military Commissions Act).
    This is one of my poems – 2010/11:
    Thoughts on Government: Corruption

    Confusion, illusion, diffusion among us.
    Inspired by those who are in power of us.
    Our protectors are devils, disguised in angel eyes,
    Misleading, deceiving, tricking us into believing
    we are safe while we are dreaming.

    All the while they are scheming, demeaning,
    Manufacturing a false sense of security
    just to maintain worldly positions, possessions,
    with no discretion.

    We are only puppets in their puppet show,
    Singing and dancing for their pockets to grow.
    Assets no longer, it’s time to go,
    oppose their code and to jail you will go.

    A seemingly endless supply,
    Brainwashed from inside the womb.
    It’s not us they care about,
    It’s power, greed, prestige, they protect.
    More money to make, more souls to take.

    It’s Freedom we need to protect, it’s us
    Who need to direct.

    To stand up for Our rights, unit one another…
    Believe in each other!

    Follow your hearts, find wisdom within, rejoice in your choice!
    Find faith strong, lead those who are wrong, forgive in mistakes of your past.

    So stand up to “Big Brother” and those who waiver.
    Question those that lead, big or small, any who have power.
    I call out to the bold, the brave, the timid and the meek,
    To find all the truths we seek!

    Let’s stand together and protect one another
    United we can be, a nation standing together.
    Igniting a flame in the hearts of each other.
    A true “United States” we can be,
    and a united world is a future I wish to see.

    I do not consider myself Republican nor Democrat, though I registered as a Republican when I turned 18 (because that is what my mom is). However, in the years since then, I have begun to see that it really shouldn’t be about “Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, or the “man in the moon”…it should be about “Us”, as a whole, as a nation, and as one united entity…working toward a united world.
    Personally, I hate being “labeled”, stereo-typed into a category, whether it be political, societal, medical, or “all of the above”. I am my own entity, as are we all. To condense us to just two main categories, where we choose who will be the leader of this nation based more upon what party they represent rather than what “true” views and values they have is a shame. If we didn’t have so much internal conflict on which party should run the country, many of the problems we currently have would be solved right there.
    What’s the deal anyway, do you really think our votes for President really have a say as to who will be our next President? Just look at what happened (twice, I might add) with Florida during our elections. I’m sorry, but if I had made that kind of mistake at my job just one time, let alone two, I’d be in the unemployment office before I could blink. Something needs to give though. The one constant I am sure of is that everything changes, nothing stays the same.
    With that said, maybe it’s time to start thinking of some better methods lead the country. Methods where the American people’s best interests aren’t ignored and are at the top of the agenda. It seems to me that our gov’t. has forgotten what this country was founded upon and why.
    Politicians are so concerned with public appearance and keeping their major campaign contributors happy, that it doesn’t seem like they have much time to actually govern. Maybe changing the system, even slightly, seems too big a task or risk for politicians that they don’t even try. Maybe, the people feel the same way…but we do need to find some sort of solution, this country is in a world of hurt and our leaders don’t seem to be all that concerned. Maybe their pockets are still phat and happy, but too many American’s are out of work, can’t afford their lease payments or are losing their homes to foreclosure.
    When I see the United States flag, I feel proud, because the flag doesn’t represent the government. The United States flag represents “us”, the American people. We are the very heart and soul of this Nation. After all, isn’t what our Constitution is based upon? Individual rights, the right to freely make a choice, the right to have a voice and say what we think and feel, it’s the very foundation, the very fabric America has been developed with…Freedom!
    I don’t feel so alone in questioning what our leaders or those that govern over our freedoms now that I started listening to Coast to Coast and finding information out on the internet, and that there are a lot more people here who feel just as I do.
    Sometime after 9/11 some questions began forming in my mind, but when I started to ask around, they were usually/quickly dismissed by my fellow peers, friends, and family. I kind of felt like I was the one in the wrong for asking them….I really began wondering after 2006 when Bush’s bill, The Military Commissions Act, removed part of Habeas Corpus.
    I began writing and inquiring more about corruption behind the government. Until recently I only leisurely searched/posted information regarding this topic. Mostly at first because I listened to those around me, saying that I was over dramatizing the situation, imagining conspiracies that Hollywood had implanted in my head, or that I was just oblivious to our government and that they would never do nor be able to implement any of the things I was thinking (because of the Constitution and “checks and balances” that are in place for our protection). However, I still felt compelled to write and talk to those with similar ideas, and I feel this more so than ever.
    The past two-weeks have really brought to light the things I have been thinking and feeling for at least the past six years. It seems more important than ever to get people to listen, to think at least for themselves, to at the very least take the information out there and at least read it. Forget taking the government’s word for it, forget just taking the newspaper’s word for it, and forget taking just anyone’s word that everything is fine and that WE, America, the American Nation are alright, just fine and dandy! Does it seem that we are fine? Does it seem that everything is running smoothly? Far from it my friends…
    When is enough, enough? At what point do we say it’s time for change? How long are we going to wait to say anything, to do anything? And at what point will it be too late to do actually do anything about it???!!! Because, OUR rights, OUR freedoms are being taken away NOW, slowly, slyly right out from under us. I have heard remarks such as “How are they going to take our rights away without the American people throwing a fit about it?” or “There is no way they could take away any of our rights without us knowing about it, let them try to take away the freedom of speech or the right to bear arms! Your just paranoid.”
    WAKE UP people, WAKE UP America!!! Did you really think they would just all of a sudden try to remove the 2nd amendment or that they would inform the U.S. public that they were going to be removing such freedoms?? The government may be corrupt, it may be greedy, it may be many things…but one thing it is not, is honest with the American people or the rest of the world. Just think about this for a moment, and ask yourself this question, “What is one thing that the government does really well?”. How about secrecy? We actually have an agency called the “Central Intelligence Agency”, the “Federal Bureau of Investigation”, “The Secret Service”, and of course statement they can and do fall back upon when in doubt : “In the name of National Security”.
    We look to our leaders to address these major issues and do something about them. So what do we do? Educate ourselves, knowledge is one of the best defenses and offenses anyone or nation can have against the opposition.
    Empower yourself, talk to your friends, family, online contacts and networks, use all available resources to broaden your horizon and to learn all that you can on what is going on around you and the rest of the country.
    Don’t just take the government’s word, but check things out for yourself, verify what is being said, question things and find the answers, and above all don’t feel silly or stupid for asking questions and wanting to know the facts, it’s your right, it’s OUR Nation…we can ignore the problems at hand or we can try to find solutions.
    Let’s get to work America, talk to each other, start finding possible solutions, ideas, sharing knowledge with not just fellow Americans, but with the rest of the world as well.
    We need to take it above and beyond, we have the world at our fingertips with the availability of the internet and mobile devices, we can reach further as an individual than ever before. We all as individuals truly have a voice now, we can be heard, we have the information necessary to educate ourselves and our youth right here in our homes, our businesses, our schools, our libraries, or on our cell phones while in line at the grocery store.
    Parents, talk to your children about this, educate them and empower their minds, encourage them to find out more, to seek out the answers to their questions, not just take their friend’s, teacher’s, or favorite television star at their word. It also works the other way too, the youth of America has many valid points and ideas that we, the adult community tend to dismiss all too easily because they are young. So, listen up America! Young, old, everyone in between; all nationalities, all creeds, shapes and sizes, the poor and the rich…We are AMERICA! Land of the Free!
    So if we want to continue being free, if we want to pass these freedoms onto our children, then we need to find a way to come together as one nation, a united nation. “United we stand, divided we fall…” (Pink Floyd) those lyrics seem to express what I am trying to say perfectly.
    Comments welcomed!


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