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Socialism Versus Socialism

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  • Socialism Versus Socialism

    http://www.swaminomics.org/articles/...ssocialism.htm

    What do you guys think?

  • #2
    Interesting that the article was written in 1992, but still seems relevant.

    The article clearly shows the importance of labels. Most wouldn't call Reaganism/Thatcherism a kind of socialism, but if you put their policies in the author's context, it seems plausible. Ironic for the champions of capitalism.

    Two things immediately come to mind:
    There is (and always has been) a differnce between the politics associated with socialism and the economic system itself. People too often use totalitarianism and socialism without distinction (as well as capitalism and democracy).

    More importantly, if Reaganism brought a new kind of socialism, it is simply corporate socialism. Framing the consequences of those policies that way is sobering at best, frightening at worst: a welfare state for corporations, not for citizens. Seems to fit :( :?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Doc
      More importantly, if Reaganism brought a new kind of socialism, it is simply corporate socialism. Framing the consequences of those policies that way is sobering at best, frightening at worst: a welfare state for corporations, not for citizens. Seems to fit :( :?
      Yes.. I totally agree on that last part! When will people see it in their interest (both capitalist and socialists). That these two ideologies should work in harmonial synergy to promote affluence and create a just society. I am a worker, and like the people at my job. Mostly anyways. So i will have to vote for the left parties in my country. But i think 'union action' has to enable action with a global consensus in view. American unionists have had to create a new union in order to vent out the stinky and co-opted rabble that where ment to represent them. And they did it in a sort of global initiative (thinking) way of helping the mexicans and their plight. It's quite an attractive story..

      http://www.labournet.net/world/0107/uaw1.html

      Although i will vote left. I would not wish it to become the entirely dominant totalitarian form of government. If that would ever happen i would vote to the a little to the right. In the respect of that we do not think the same way in society, and others should be respected for their needs of realisation. But it's a democracy(?) and we will see what happens.

      http://www.findarticles.com/p/articl...112411337/pg_1

      And it's good to see that Socialism is on a verge of reinventing itself from the "test tube" it once inhabited in the manifesto.

      Most young people without a job or in low wage pay jobs nowadays, are too stressed to even care about politics. They either go for the "trickle down" policy/mentality of the neo-liberals thinking that will save them. Or go as far left or right as they can.
      Seeing the corruption spread among Party Officials and Party affiliated Youth's.

      And that 'can' be dangerous as we all know!

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