The Spectre of Math

April 15, 2009

Misinformation about socialism, communism, and teabagging

Filed under: Politics — jlebl @ 6:49 am

So it seems that some, especially on the right, are confused about what “socialism” and “communism” means.  Now, I understand this from some of the lunatics out there, but I know some people personally that think that Obama is a socialist.  If only that were true.  It seems that they are afraid we might end up like … gasp … Europe.  That would be terrible wouldn’t it?  Healthcare for everybody, generally a higher quality of living for most people, though some of the super rich would have to “rough” it a little.  Western Europe, some of which has higher per capita GDP and standard of living than the US, is hardly something to scare people with.  Come on, use something that is actually scary.  Tell people we’ll end up like Albania.  Because using Sweden as an example of how horrible socialism is isn’t going to fly (especially with anyone who’s actually been to Sweden).

Not to mention that there has been lots of socialist-like practices in the US for decades, such as progressive tax and social security.  The government essentially buying up banks (not by force!) that are about to collapse has nothing at all to do with socialism nor communism.  Why are people under the impression that the government is some amorphous being that is disjoint from the populace.  We are in a democracy, therefore “the government” is “all of us.”  It is essentially a very large corporation in which we are all shareholders.  This corporation decided to buy some banks.  Hence, we became owners of those banks.  Not “the government.”  The government is the term for the current set of people we elected to take care of this corporation.

Finally, anyone who thinks that “teabagging” has to do with not liking taxes has not been watching enough porn.  But if they don’t know what communism nor socialism is … one cannot expect them to know meanings of less common words.

2 Comments »

  1. Why are people under the impression that the government is some amorphous being that is disjoint from the populace.

    This attitude has always confused me a lot. Especially when people understand that “the government is spending our money”. To me it points to a lack of faith in the electoral process. The two party system (one party system plus one), “lobbyist” corruption and dominance of pork over policy might be legitimate reasons why people feel that way. Still, it sucks and I really hope it gets better.

    Comment by Ian McKellar — April 15, 2009 @ 3:31 pm | Reply

  2. I’m not confused about these things much anymore. I don’t understand how someone comes to these conclusions, but I’ve seen so many people make completely illogical jumps in reasoning (if they were reasoning at all), that I’m not surprised nor confused anymore.

    Comment by jlebl — April 17, 2009 @ 4:42 pm | Reply


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