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March 11, 2010
Don't know if you've been following the Greece situation that closely.
Last year the Panhellenic Socialist Movement trounced the conservatives in a landslide election.
Voters were reacting to scandals and a faltering economy.
Today, Greece is slipping into insolvency.
Critics are calling for union law to be reviewed and abolished, even.
Germany was the latest to be asked to bail them out.
“It’s Greece on the phone asking for money?"
"If they won't budge on Corfu, how about Mykonos?"
Has the cradle of Western Civilization come to this?
The dictionary defines socialism as an economic system based on cooperation rather than competition.
What's happening in Greece is a boon to those that have been saying, I told you so about socialism, all these years.
The first critic probably arrived when Plato said some nice things about the concept in "Republic" in 360 B.C.
In 1515 Thomas More kicked off the term "utopia" in his treatise of the same name, in which all social distress and conflict is overcome.
A French revolutionary named François Noël Babeuf is credited with the idea of doing away with private property to create equality and is often considered the first socialist.
The Industrial Revolution, which began in England, in the late 1700s, shook up things around the world.
Workers were thrown into sudden poverty due to a lack of jobs as machines began to replace human labor.
The fear: The rich would get richer. The poor would get poorer.
Communes such as Brook Farm and New Harmony began popping up in the United States and Europe.
One of the main arguments against socialism is where it can lead.
You only have to point out Marxist Communism, Nazi Germany and now Greece and you’re off and running.
Critics also point out that socialism denies people the right to advance based on ability.
Stifles innovation. Breeds feelings of entitlement. Empowers the government and disempowers the individual.
H.L Mencken on the subject:
“Socialism: nothing more than the theory that the slave is always more virtuous than his master.”
Advocates point to countries where it does work.
Also claim it gives you all sorts of good things that are still cheaper than if private enterprise ran them.
Socialism, they say, controls the economy preventing big business busts. Regulates jobs and helps you if you lose a job. Provides for your retirement.
Chief Justice Earl Warren, in its defense:
“Many people consider the things which government does for them to be social progress, but they consider the things government does for others as socialism.”
Which brings us to this country and the fear of creeping socialism.
It’s already crept.
And not even its severest critics are turning down Social Security and Medicare anytime soon.
Which has led some to ask, isn't some form of socialism necessary in a democracy?
And...(last question) is the fear of socialism a convenient "straw man" for something else?
Famous Socialists truth-it.net Take a look at an interesting article we found.
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Craig Crawford: The Science of Fearing Socialism Huffington Post Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Which quote is closest to your way of thinking?