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The Misjudgement of Socialism

11 Nov

First off let’s start with a definition.

Socialism: An economic system characterised by social ownership of the means of production. Also a political philosophy advocating such a  system.

Let us take a deeper look at this, because socialism is a very broad term. In economics the original idea was to produce goods and services for their use-value. The goal of this system is for physical units to be produced for use, rather than profit. Which means goods are produced based on usefulness rather than the exchange-value (price). Now we have the political theory of socialism. There’s quite a few terms within this, Anarchism, Leninism, religious socialism, but I will focus on Libertarian Socialism. This term describes a non-bureaucratic society without a private business sector. This form of socialism is highly anti-capitalist. The goal of this theory is to distribute power among the people to promote equality and freedom.

Now that things have been cleared up, we can start on the issue of “Entitlements” and how it is assumed socialists believe they are “entitled” to everything. I believe in Political Socialism, while I am not partial to Economic Socialism. The reason being I know a country could not survive solely on socialism; the economy would more than likely fail. Having some sort of private business sector, regulated and free of greed, would keep the economy afloat without compromising socialist political values. I do not believe that socialism means handouts to those who don’t deserve it while others work for the benefit of them. Socialism is for the benefit of everyone. It is crucial to understand that socialism is not communism where everyone regulated within an inch of their lives; but higher taxes for a stronger social security net.

If the people who have been attacking me lately knew what I stood for, maybe they would realise how utterly idiotic they sound. People believe that I think I do not need to lift a finger, and that everything will be done for me… For us socialists. This is a ridiculous notion and highly untrue. I never believed I was entitled to food or money when my mother was not being paid well. I did not think I deserved to take other people’s food because I was starving. However I was very thankful for the food bank which fed my mom and myself while she got on her feet. I never came to close to thinking or saying “Hey, we live in someone elses basement and do not have a high income, so we should be entitled to welfare and free food.” Keep in mind, I was also just a kid. I highly doubt I even understood the term “government hand-outs” but I was smart enough to realize without the food bank and the kindness of the people we lived with, I would have never survived. The way things were when I was younger could quite possibly be the reason for my political beliefs now. Everyone deserves to have the basic needs met; food, water, and a bed to sleep on. I work for the things I own, I do not want handouts, because there is no better feeling than working for something that you really want, and achieving the goal. But the resources should still be there, because in reality, there are economic busts. We don’t live in a perfect world and people need help. I’ve received this help before, many people across the world are right now.

It’s been quite tiresome hearing the “insults” that involve the word entitled. If you want to attack my beliefs at least do it with facts and proof, if you want to attack me, think about yourself first. Think about what things you might have been through, think about things people you know and love have been through. Discussing ideas and opposing viewpoints is quite interesting, and a lot more productive than launching attacks.

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Mitt Romney- Not The Problem?

29 Sep

As we all know, Obama’s support has been soaring in the polls, while Mittens is left in the dust, begging for some support. But why? Wouldn’t a man who founded one of the countries most successful financial firms, and fluent in the language of economics, be popular among the Americans? There is no denying, when the election season first started, Mitt had a great reputation, and it seemed very likely his inauguration would be around the corner. Twitter had become lively, chattering about the new man on the field, Mittens. People were running.. sprinting to get a piece of this guy, to finally have a republican president again; although he still does have a decent “fan base”, His VP, Ryan dissolved many of his early supporters. Mitt was your “ordinary” conservative candidate, nothing to crazy coming from his side… and then BOOM their policies on rape, birth control, abortions etc blew up.

There has been some speculation saying maybe it’s not Romney, but the new Republican party. Many members of the Republican party have been quick to blame their new figure-head, yet if Romney would preach some sort of economic policy, the party would revolt against him, even our one and only Mittens knows there needs to be some tax raises and spending cuts. oh, but for the Republican party to be able to wrap their heads around tax increases? Yeah, right. As the months have been passing by, I’ve almost started to feel bad for Romney. He’s becoming like Bush, in a sense that, if something isn’t written for him, he sounds utterly ridiculous. Romney is definitely a smart man, he proved this during his run as governor. It’s almost like he’s stuck in between a rock and a hard place, trying not to outrage his supporters and party, and to manage the hate from the other side of the spectrum.

Romney has been tied into a knot, as he tries to campaign without straying from his party strictures. There is a new political correctness with the Republican party, which includes not uttering the word taxes, nor speculate about immigration policies.

Obama Care, Soon Coming to a State Near You!

29 Jun

Obamacare has been passed, and I can’t imagine something better for the population of America. Healthcare costs will virtually change to nothing. Of course, taxes will go up, but nothing astronomically high. Before I go any further, yes, Obama did promise not to tax the middle class anymore, and critics will challenge this greatly, BUT now people won’t have to pay thousands of dollars for a surgery! The prices of healthcare now range from free to affordable. In the picture above, you see the huge differences in healthcare costs, between the United States, and other countries that do have universal healthcare. The prices would only sky-rocket in the future!

The amount of stress Obamacare will take off the populace is great, especially the lower classes, who cannot afford the medication, surgeries and doctor visits they need. Instead of paying $500 dollars to give birth, It will now be something like $90 dollars. Instead of paying $1000 for a cast for your son, will now be something like $200 dollars. I’m from Canada, I know first hand how great universal healthcare is, it will only help things. Once people get over the initial shock of “taxes will be raised” they will realise how great it is.

 

Was Turkey spying on Syria?

27 Jun

We all know about Syria shooting down Turkeys reconnaissance plane, but as Turkey threatens Syria, questions are being raised.
Today, Turkey has said if Syrian forces come near their border, military action will be taken. The alliance said Syria’s actions were “unacceptable.”

Outside officials have been trying to defuse the situation by emphasising that many intelligence reports are conflicting. A preliminary analysis says that the Turkish plane was doing more than a routine training exercise. Questions started to roll in, like “Why was Turkey flying an unarmed reconnaissance plane so close to the border?” and “Did the aircraft receive any warnings to leave Syrian airspace?” NATO has sided with Turkey, and agreed the plane being shot down was unnecessary. An official from NATO said when spying happens between countries, all you do is send a warning.
The Turkish plane, a RF-4E Phantom was equipped for spying. The plane had the ability to gather high-resolution images. If that doesn’t scream suspicious, then I don’t know what does. There has been little evidence that supports Turkey’s claims of the plane not being in Syria’s airspace. The plane was shot down by a weapon with only a 2 kilometer range. It seems more like Turkey is using this plane as an excuse to launch an attack on the already crumbling nation, Syria. What possible motives could a country have for shooting down a plane that wasn’t in their airspace? There are no motives. No possible gain from it, so it seems almost impossible for a nation such as Syria to shoot down a plane. One questions rests in my mind, Why does Turkey want a fight?