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.