cos they haven't known equality since inception..that's the American way of life
All socialism is is taking care of people who need it. All the money used is from capitalism. The only difference is that the 1% of the wealthiest people are burdened with helping pay for probably 40% of the entire population. Why does anyone need a billion dollars or a hundred million when some do not even have enough to eat, no place to sleep and no medicine or education. I would imagine that 90% of all crime would be eliminated if people didn't have to steal just to survive. God Bless America.
Socialism is just the formalised reaction to Capitalism - and Capitalism is failing, Socialism will fade with it and something new must come to the fore.
The idea that we are all servants of the same few people who employ us, govern us, sell to us and tell us what to think via the media that they own - is past its sell by date.
Whatever new comes along has to address the issue of power and money, like the separation of church and state so must we learn to separate money and state.
Why, if I am hard working and have spent my life earning money on ideas that have come from my brain, would I EVER want to give up that to someone who refuses to get off their butt and not earn a dime?
If I FREELY give to charity then that is MY choice. Why should I want to have someone tell me where my money should go?
When you have a Government that is 'Socialist' your freedoms of choice are taken away from you. It has been proven time and time again that Communism and Socialism will only work for a short time, the mind of the people will not be stunted for long.
Americans are scared of lots of things.
Americans confuse socialism with communism. Socialism is a democratic idea best understood by the adage "To each according to (his) needs, from each according to (his) abilities. It is not the same as making a lot of money and keeping it for yourself, or doling it out to what you consider to be the "deserving" poor.
Associated with socialism are concepts such as universal education and universal health care. Americans want us to believe that their version of "freedom" can be had without this social framework. Those with more than one brain cell know better.
Practically speaking each of us can only be intimately involved one on one with a very limited number of people.
Politically speaking we may be thinking altruistically that everyone deserves to live on some minumum scale even if we can't agree on the level necessary for life to be livable.
This kind of thinking may be what some of us think of when we think of socialism.Each according to their ability makes sense to me.Each according to their need is charity and not something earned.Charity is a personal choice ,not a requirement.It may be morally the right thing to do if you have the means to do it.
Others on the political spectrum think socialism means giving everyone what they "want" much like a spoiled child gets from their parents who can or canot afford it.Credit cards allow this to some extent.
People may or may not realize that we are all dependant on each other to some extent.Many think that they are independent of everyone else.This may be true of a very limited number of people who live on an Island or in an area that's no easily accessable to others such as mountain retreats deserts or a castle with a moat around it.
Most are obviously not scared of socialism. At least most of the voting ones aren't. The people they elect have progressively been more socialistic over the years. (Calling socialists the more politically correct name of "liberals", doesn't change the fact that they are socialists.)
But, keep in mind that the American brand of socialism is a collectivism that is actually a mixture of socialism, fascism, and corporatism.
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I don't know that Americans in general are afraid of it. Most of them in actuality would not recognize it if they met it in the road. More and more we see the fingers of it and under the current administration, it seems to be the goal. Ultimately, once you recognize the beast you know that it is a utopian belief that we can all share equally in everything. It is redistribution of wealth. In the end, it kills productivity, it kills initiative, and it kills motivation. Look at the history of socialist societies and you will see they all eventually fail from lack of productivity. Americans have good reason to fear socialism but first they have to learn to recognize it when it is diguised as something else. WB
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