Kahlua Tinged Socialism

October 14, 2008 at 10:52 pm (Politics) (, , )

Not me, well, maybe I will be before this post ends. I’ll explain, right after this…

A recent move by the United States Government to buy shares in the nation’s leading banks  was “not intended to take over the free market but to preserve it.” Right.

By buying the shares in the nation’s banks, bad mortgages, securities and financial assets, the government is seeking unprecedented and vastly under-regulated power over the American economy, what was once known as “the free market.”  This is known as nationalization and is advocated by socialists. Since the United States Government is also in possession, via national parks and wildlife reserves, to be the owner of natural resources, this also falls under the socialist mindset.

 The main idea behind socialism is publicly and cooperatively owned and democractically controlled essential industries and social services to provide equal opportunity and equal benefit for all. This has given rise to the socialized (or nationalized) healthcare debate in America. An equal opportunity for all to receive medical care.

The problem is, a socialist economy just doesn’t work because humans are not content to be just like their neighbor when it comes to wealth. They may be content with less, but most of the time, they want more and they’ll barter their soul to the devil for it.

Marx said, “To each according to his needs.” That doesn’t mean we all have the same needs and socialist economy certainly doesn’t satisfy those who need, or want, more. While I think there are noteworthy areas of social reform, which is the capitalistic way of saying, “Socialist type reforms,”  and you can agree or disagree as to whether they have flourished in free-market societies, the fact is, we certainly cannot stand for a government which practices nationalization under the guise of stablization.

The same government which still hasn’t found the weapons of mass destruction.

The same government which has invaded another nation under the guise of liberation.

The same government which has stolen your personal freedoms under the guise of protection.

While some who read this may believe that a little socialism is exactly what all of those that helped create the current economic crisis need – it isn’t.  Socialism has been proven to be nothing more than a Eutopian pipe-dream wherein their fabled classless society actually is a disentegrating society of an elite corrupt government and the poverty class.

Remember, it was Hitler who seized power constitutionally through demagogic rhetoric, appealing to the prejudices, emotions, fears, and expectations of the public to gain political power using nationalist themes during a time of economic crisis. If that doesn’t scare the shit out of you, nothing will.  Stand up, America, and think for yourself. Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.

Welllll… glad I had my Kahlua tinged dinner before all of that. See, my mother, in all of her wisdom,  decided to put my Kahlua in the refridgerator! Now, everything smells and tastes kinda like Kahlua. I used to like Kahlua. She did this quite a while back but I just couldn’t identify the source of this oddness until I had cleaned it for the third time and found the offensive bottle in the inside door along the bottom with old bottles of wine.

I know you’ll all be a lot happier when I stop posting shit about politics and go back to my horrid love life, my great kid, and finally getting to see a concert. Just 20 more days.

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7 Comments

  1. pacer521 said,

  2. PandoraWilde said,

    That reminds me–need to poll the fam about making up a batch of Kahlua for Christmas. If they want it again I have to get it going…

  3. kenju said,

    I rather like your political posts, Inanna. I’m so dumb about stuff like that. It’s nice to read someone who does know.

  4. blackpunkin said,

    Pacer, always glad to see you. Love your blog.

    Pandora, I’ve heard of folks making their own Kahlua… I’d love to make my own mead.

    Kenju, ah, love, that’s because you agree with me! If you don’t, you’re probably quite frustrated, or pissed off even.

  5. Marie (themom) said,

    i read the comment you referred to and understand completely. I am way to [politically motivated. That comes from a long family history of politicians. I am not happy with some of the decisions made in these last few days – but being uncharted territory – and on a global scale, these morons , as usual, would rather spend time passing the blame. ***My one personal feeling, is, as women, we take things more personally, but we are far superior in handling crises. As usual – we shall see. Have a good day.

  6. Vince said,

    We could have a very heated discussion on this subject. Back in my college days, when studying political science, I held the view the democratic socialism was the optimum form of government. My teacher was good enough to point out some flaws in my reasoning without coming out and telling me I was wrong. Which I never got the sense of whether he thought I was or not. Good professor.

    Anyway, I don’t have a problem with socialism because I believe being a Christian (a true Chrisitan, that is) means you should have a socialist mindset. What did Jesus talk about? Giving up all your stuff and having the community share, with the wealthy supporting the needy. The early Christian church as a socialist enterprise.

    Anyway, don’t want to fight via comments and not saying the government taking over the banks is the right move. Just saying socialism is not a bad thing. It’s right wing Conservatives (with a capital C) that have made it (along with the term Liberal) into 4 letter words. And we can all see what the Conservatives have done with this country. When is Conservative going to be a 4 letter word? It should be.

    Sorry, started to rant there.

  7. blackpunkin said,

    Marie, I totally understand. Things get heated around my kitchen table because my parents are Republicans.

    Vince, I totally see where you’re coming from. However, and unfortunately, not everyone is a true Christian, and not all embrace the concept of giving back to our community, even though I do as a member of a non-Christian faith. I also tried to differentiate between economic socialism versus other subtypes of socialism or social reform, which I believe have their place in free-market societies.

    Yes, everyone who hears “socialism” thinks of the big, bad Communists of the Cold War Era. Its not just that cut and dried. Thanks as always for commenting.

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