In a poll released this month, Rasmussen Reports found that just 53 percent of Americans say that capitalism is better than socialism (with 20 percent choosing socialism and 27 percent unsure). Among adults under 30, the numbers are roughly even, with 37 percent preferring capitalism, 33 percent preferring socialism, and 30 percent undecided.- csmonitor.com
I was surprised by this and I am not quite sure what I think. Is Obama overreaching as conservatives would have us believe? Does his activist style government play within the policies of maintaining a strong, healthy democracy and enriched by capitalism?
I'm a fair person, and I think that I should point out that both the Clinton and Bush administrations continually forced banks to sign home loans to poorer and poorer people.
This would not be capitalism, or socialism, but rather...fascism. But we must not use that word, because it scares our populace.
Bottom line is, truth be known, its always best for the government to do as little as possible. Sure, Andrew Carnegie and other "robber barons" of the day needed to have some regulation, just as people even today still need it as well.
But all of this could be avoided if people had an idea of "ethics." And unfortunately, I think eBay's all out of'em.
Consider the fact that we're going hogwild over the Swine Flu. Many of those in our government hold stocks in the maker of Tamiflu.
And loads of free press via Gibbs! Neat!
Fascism is defined as corporate economic power within a Governmental institution. Or perhaps best put by Mussolini..
Liberalism, democracy, this does not mean that the XXth century must also be the century of socialism, liberalism, democracy. Political doctrines pass; nations remain. We are free to believe that this is the century of authority, a century tending to the 'right', a Fascist century. If the 19th century was the century of the individual (liberalism implies individualism) we are free to believe that this is the 'collective' century, and therefore the century of the State.
FDR, said this:
"The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power." (thanks Wikipedia!)
I under no circumstances see Obama as a socialist. My God, folks--it is the Republicans over reaching with their PROPAGANDA in portraying him as such, and obviously, by the tenor of the info. you dug up, they are somewhat succeeding. Obama is a liberal/possibly centrist on most issues.
And to reiterate what some in excellent hubs (think it was pgrundy ?) have said, socialism can live besides capitalism happily.
Let capitalism thrive throughout the world.. Because, socialism is only for poor, lazy, and mischievous people who want to live on others' labour. Let everyone work and earn. Let everyone become a capitalist, with a huge capital formations behind everyone of them. Let people forget poverty. Let everyone become financially independent... then there will be no discrimination among the people.
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