Thursday, March 26, 2009

Socialism? Fascism? Newspeak?

I find it fascinating how the Republicans have redefined the term socialism. It didn't help that some fascist governments, claimed to be socialist. They did so, because in those days, socialism was a popular movement. The USSR (United Soviet Socialist Republic for the youngsters) for instance, was as much about socialism, as the Texas Railroad Commission is about boxcars.

Loosely defined, socialism is a system whereby human beings have power, and the government works in service of the human beings. Collectivism and unions are socialist structures whereby the people gain power through self organization.

If you delete the people, and replace them with corporations, then you don't have socialism, you have fascism. The people rigging this game are fascists, not socialists. If they were socialists, they'd be rigging the game for to enhance society's welfare. They are rigging it for select corporations. Corporations are not human beings. So this can have nothing at all to do with socialism.

Our country's most famous words, are socialistic, "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

These words are meant for human beings, not corporations. We've become a nation that hates it's founding ideals, and look where that has brought us.

This increased regulation, proposed by Geithner and Obama, will be used by the top corporations to regulate their competitors out of business. It will not be used to promote the general welfare. When crooks write the laws and regulations, you can be assured that these laws and regulations will benefit them, and no one else.

You can be sure that these regulations and the new laws coming will not be borne out of such socialistic ideals, as to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. They will be used to promote a fascist agenda.

Words and ideals are twisted by our radio and television propagandists to remove them from acceptable discourse. With the meaning of socialism gone and the golden rule derided, we have no common words or memes to share, to engage in conversation on these concepts.

When you misuse the word socialism, in a manner that the fascists have prescribed, you're giving them another small victory. You're letting the thieves have power over your words and thoughts. You're letting them dictate your use of language, and accepting their Newspeak Dictionary.

8 Comments:

At 8:33 AM, Anonymous Applesaucer said...

Well said!

Applesaucer

 
At 12:14 PM, Blogger Weaseldog said...

I got flack on KD's forum for this post. Some folks think Stalin and Lenin when they think socialism.

Though I thought I was clear that they don't fit my usage of the word, this doesn't stop some folks from creating strawman arguments, just to be annoying.

 
At 3:06 PM, Blogger an average patriot said...

Under Bush we had Fascism that was to be continued by McCain and Eva Braun Palin.
Now Bush instituted Socialism and Obama is being credited with turning us both ways. This is sick!
I happen to think some socialism is the only thing that will save us now.

 
At 4:15 PM, Anonymous edgar said...

Ignorance is Strength

 
At 4:48 AM, Blogger Mike said...

As Applesaucer and I have discussed, the (sloppy & inaccurate) overuse of Fascism in the past has managed to weaken the word.

So now that we're really seeing it, the word that best defines it is unavailable to us.

 
At 7:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your and idiot if you think that socialism will do anything but cater to private interest groups. Furthermore, it is impossible to perform economic calculations under socialism. Give up your romantic utopian dreams and study economics for a change. Barriers to entry/regulations create larger corporations. Smaller private companies can not compete with a govt monopoly. Your ideas are foolish and dangerous.

 
At 8:04 AM, Blogger Weaseldog said...

Anonymous, you didn't read anything but the title, did you? Because you sure missed the point.

Regulations and laws can be used for good or evil. If you take away the laws, then corporations can simply burn down factories owned by their rivals. Al Capone ran a business that didn't recognize laws or regulations. And he created a monopoly in his region.

"Smaller private companies can not compete with a govt monopoly." Yes, that's one of my arguments. Are you saying that you agree with me and that you're wrong too?

Who told you it's impossible to perform economic calculations under socialism? It doesn't sound like the person that taught you this, was very smart. If you know the rules of the system, you can model and do mathematical analysis of it.

As I've explained in other articles, we're taught a false system of economics under capitalism. And this is why our mathematical predictions of market behavior, pricing models and many other projections are almost always wrong. Mainstream economists find it impossible to predict bear markets because of this, so they are only right when the market goes up.

If these folks that can't get economics right under pure capitalism, are the ones telling you that they can't do the math under other systems, then duh. They are incompetent.

 
At 4:36 PM, Blogger an average patriot said...

Kudos Wease!

 

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