Conservatives, put mildly, have consistently slandered socialism. Among other things, they have convinced many people that all attempts at establishing social justice end in tyranny.
By Curt Day | May 15, 2011
Karl Marx: One of the greatest political scientists and social egalitarians of all time. Hated by untold millions who never read a word of his writings but whose minds continue to be poisoned by business propaganda.
Since switching my political convictions from being a conservative Republican to becoming a Socialist, I have experienced a great number of discussions/debates/arguments about Socialism and why people disagree with it. One could easily summarize the objections to socialism as a rejection of the Socialist label more than the concepts. And, most efforts to focus attention on the key concepts of Socialism are usually rebuffed by redirecting the spotlight on the Socialist label.
What is apparent in most complaints against Socialism is that Conservatives allow themselves to enjoy some luxuries that they prohibit others from experiencing. Take the association of the tyrants from the past with Socialism. It is more than obvious to those who have read American Socialists is that the subjugation of others is not consistent with the basic tenets of Socialism. Thus, we have a parallel with those whom Republicans call Republicans In Name Only (RINOs) and those tyrants who are Socialists In Name Only (SINOs). We could use this term if conservatives allowed others to play by the same rules they play by. But we are barred from doing so by those who want to prevent anybody from considering other choices to Conservatism than impotent Liberalism. Continue reading »
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