I’ve started this blog several times. My goal each time was to provide a simple definition and explanation of America’s mixed economic system and where socialism has always played a part. My motivation came from a meme that a friend posted on Facebook and that a friend of theirs took to task.
Every time I began writing, however, I ended up with something the size of War and Peace and may be as confusing as Frank Herbert’s, Dune.
Then, while messing with YouTube I came upon a debate/discussion between two guys who know what the hell they’re talking about and have the credentials to back up what they say, Nobel Economist, Paul Krugman and the University of Massachusetts Professor Emeritus, Richard Wolff.
The discussion is very timely as Bernie, the avowed Social-Democrat is about to emerge the winner of the Nevada caucus.
So, I decided to make this blog consist of two things, a simple working definition of socialism from me, and an informed discussion between two men who can legitimately wear badges that say, Experts.
My definition: In a pure capitalist economy one gets what one earns and government plays no part. If some get far more than others, so be it. In America, however, we have never been a purely capitalist nation. The government has always manipulated the system to some extent. Our leaders have decided that the government can do things more efficiently and effectively than we as individuals can do. So, it is the government that maintains our military, our police forces, much of our medical system, builds and maintains our highways, educates our children, sees that we save some money for retirement, protects our investments, helps provide us with safe air, water, and food, and so much more. Here’s the deal, the truth, every example of government doing something for us rather than us doing it for ourselves is, socialistic.
Like it or not. Admit it or not. All these things, and much more, are socialist:
- VA Medical Care
- The Military
- Social Security Disability
- Social Security Retirement
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
- Public Schools
- State Teachers & Public Employee Retirement Systems
- I-70 and SR-28
- The US Navy
- The GPD and Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District
- McClain High School and Buckskin Elementary School
- The Greenfield Water Department and the Highland County Health Department
- The SEC, HHS, HUD, CDC, TVA, FAA, ODOT, FDA, FEMA, FBI, CIA, NASA, NOAA, NPS, ETC…