Words sometimes have a lingering effect … here’s some that are bugging me: Swede, reducing all of the dynamics of the European migration over the North American continent and the resulting devastation of the natives and their way of life to … “socialism.” Read about it in the comment section here.
That’s merely one person’s short-sighted perspective, and my own is not terribly much better. I am hesitant to condemn the whole of the mass of people who took over the North American continent as having planned to do evil … my ancestors simply wanted a better life. But one need only took at bison, passenger pigeons and Native Americans to begin to grasp the size of the influx and it’s devastation on the land and people.
It’s done. The problem now is to help our native brothers and sisters. My magic formula entails moving people up to the same starting gate, giving them a clean shot at success in life. Swede misinterprets what he calls “socialism” as a finish line game – rigging it so that we all get to win.
That’s wrong. That’s not how socialism functions. That’s a product of oligarchy.
My favorite example is George W. Bush – he entered life in a privileged position with trust funds in his name, money in the bank, friends in positions of power to help him along and an inability, no matter how much he fucked up, to fail. His girl friends got abortions, he avoided that pesky war and hid away in Daddy’s shadow, and anyone who probed the matter got in trouble.
Take this guy and strip away his excess privilege, move him back to the same starting gate in life as everyone else, and see how he’d do. My guess: He’d be selling either real estate or cars. He might be good at it. The odds of the presidency in his future:
1 in 300,000,000. Zero. Not good.
Socialism is about equality of opportunity, and not results. Everyone should have access to health care, basic food and education. After that, we are on our own. Wealthy people don’t like that, wanting a rigged game for their kids to succeed. There’s just too damned much native talent out there for the W’s of this world to make their way without a crutch or two or three.
Swede and I might agree on one thing: it is destructive of a person’s character merely to give him or her money. “Welfare” in that sense (and I think that’s how he views socialism) is destructive of human integrity. My God, look what it did to W!
But access to health care, education, food … that is quite a different story. That merely raises our plane of existence, giving everyone a chance to develop their talents and succeed without having illness and starvation stalking them like wolves.
That’s “socialism,” as I view it – moving up to the starting gate preparing everyone for the race. How it finishes … who knows?I have a sneaking hunch all of the W’s and other Bushes, the Kennedy clan, Walton’s and a long list of names of America’s most powerful families you would not recognize … would not do well were they not given that starting gate butted right up against the finish line.