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What is Socialism?

It is a system where the government controls the means of production. It is basically Communism-Lite.  Socialism wants to be Communism when it grows up. The popular myth is that Socialism is a more caring system than Capitalism, and there’s still plenty of personal freedom. Not true. I’ve spent time in Socialist countries, like Venezuela, and I’ve done extensive travel recently in Communist China.

The first thing you notice there is that everyone is under surveillance. No matter where you go, nor what you do, the government is listening, watching…and paying attention. Even when driving with a friend in a car. Any comments made about the government are made in a quiet voice and, even then, not much is said. There are many ways your words could come back later to arrest you.

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Bureaucracy 

Under Socialism approvals are everything. Approval is the new wealth. If you have a certificate or permission slip, you are rich. You need a stamp, a document, a form, a voucher, a passport, a letter of approval. You must show your papers if you want to do anything valuable. And the people in charge of giving those approvals are unelected bureaucrats who don’t really care whether you get approved or not. Locals learn which queue to line up in, and on which days of the week they should apply in order to be most likely to get approved. People say, “But healthcare, education and public services are free.” Nice joke, what good is free medical care if the provider isn’t available or doesn’t care about assisting you?

From an article by Bret Stephens in the Washington Post:

“Greece has a public health care system that, in theory, guarantees its citizens access to necessary medical care. Practice, however, is another matter. Patients in Greek public hospitals, Tsipras explained, would first have to slip a doctor “an envelope with a certain amount of money” before they could expect to get treatment. The government, he added, underpaid its doctors and then looked the other way as they topped up their income with bribes.

Take a close look at any country or locality in which the government offers allegedly free or highly subsidized goods and you’ll usually discover that there’s a catch.

France’s subsidized day care is, by all accounts, fantastic for working parents who get their children into it. Except there’s a perpetual shortage of slots. In Sweden, a raft of laws protects tenants from excessively high rent. Except wait times for apartments can be as long as 20 years. In Britain, the National Health Service is a source of pride. Except that, even before the pandemic, 1 in 6 patients faced wait times of more than 18 weeks for routine treatment.”

In Capitalism the business owner cares about the customer because they have to, otherwise they lose your business to a competitor who cares more. And others are free to open a competitive business when opportunities are evident. When demand is great you put on more capacity to serve.

Distrust is Socialism’s starting point 

In Urumqi, China in the Uyghur Autonomous Region, I went with my host to the Grand Bazaar to do some shopping. There were military guards at every entrance and a passport was required just to go buy souvenirs or food. I was patted down and put up against the wall by a soldier who spoke no English. Luckily my agent/host came to my rescue and we were allowed in for an otherwise delightful shopping experience. I still suspect that I might have been carried away in one of the many armored vehicles as we were surrounded by heavily armed guards. Whew, that was close. And this is the state that Socialism aspires to achieve.

Rip Offs from Officials

While going through customs in Caracas during the Hugo Chavez era in Venezuela, the customs agent tried repeatedly to make me exchange all of my US dollars for “Bolivares” (the worthless currency of that country.) This happened both as I entered and days later as I departed. In China I applied at a bank to open a checking account so that I could use AliPay on my phone instead of always carrying Yuan currency “renminbi”. The bank, after an associate and I had stood in line for hours, informed me that I could not open an account because my Visa was only approved for ten years. Ten years! There’s not a quicker way either. There was no answer source to help you determine which line to get in or even whether it was worth it. You get in the queue or you go home. Wait your turn, no matter how long it takes. And, if their workday ends before you get to the front…come again to start over another day.

The next thing you notice is bars on windows and barbed wire or broken glass atop walls and fences. Even in Communist China’s zillions of high rise apartment buildings there are often bars on the windows going up as many as nine stories! Who is so desperate to break in that they would climb nine stories to do it? In Socialist countries there is less trust between people, more corruption and “off the books” dealing, and a thriving black market for basic human needs items. Most dealings begin with a payment under the table. There is also rampant crime, though you don’t see it openly.

In Venezuela I was horrified by the aggressive driving practices. Our driver, in a Mercedes sedan, actually nudged other cars out of the way! Intentional collisions!!! He drove on sidewalks when traffic stopped. No policemen even noticed. And poverty is overwhelming. Entire swaths of the city were complete squalor. Tens of thousands living without running water, reliable electricity, or sanitary conditions.

At the “luxury” hotel where I stayed for my speaking engagement I had two encounters that tell you a lot about the culture. First, my hostess on the concierge floor made it clear to me that she was available for extra services. I declined. Then, when I went downstairs to the salon for a simple haircut, my “stylist” fell asleep DURING the cut! He was on drugs and could barely get through the task of cutting my hair. I asked for another stylist but was refused. Thankfully the damage to my hair was minimal. These were not exceptional situations. This was pretty common wherever I went in Caracas. I understand that things have gotten much worse under the Maduro regime.

In other South American countries I’ve been told, “Under no circumstances are you to get into a car where you do not know the driver!” They say, “This is the car, a Dark Grey Honda Civic four door. The license plate is XXX1234. The driver’s name is Juan Saucedo. Don’t get into another car.” Sheesh! OK then. Later I learned that kidnapping of US visitors was very high in that country. Duly warned. That, my friends, is Socialism. Don’t try this at home!!!

Socialism also loves Racism 

Socialism requires “Systemic Racism” in order to work. To sustain control over a large population the government needs multiple ways to divide and isolate smaller groups. Get them to hate, fight, fear each other, then pick them off one at a time. They establish specific rules for each subgroup. The discrimination is built into the structure of the bureaucracy and reinforced daily through the media. Not just races but any identifiable subgroup.

Why do I say “racism” when clearly some of these are not racial categories? Because the treatment is the same as it would be if skin color were the issue. Look at how black conservatives like Candace Owens and Ben Carson are treated in the USA. It is all about seeing people as being “less than” and judging and restricting them accordingly.

In Socialist countries Americans are singled out first, no race required, the US passport proves that you are unworthy. Christianity gets one set of rules. Buddhism gets a different set. Whites are treated differently from Blacks or Latinos. Tourists, Business Travelers and Immigrants are tightly controlled and monitored. Accommodation of non-native speakers is often non-existent. Good luck speaking English in the Xinjiang district of China, or the customs processing facility in a Venezuelan airport, or at any government agency in Central or South America.

What is Racism?  If we are accusing people of it, then we ought to agree on what it is.

Racism is when one asserts that one race is superior to another race. But it doesn’t depend on physical “race” in order to be practiced. Caucasian, Negro, Asian, Latino, Aleutian, Indian, Aboriginal, Samoan, Jewish, Scandinavian, Native American, Arabic, Egyptian, etc. These were the races we heard most about during the past few generations in America. But Racism has morphed into a new context. Now there are “races” that have nothing whatsoever to do with one’s heritage or DNA.

Today there is virtually no distinction between the practice of Racism, Sexism, Leftism, Anything-Phobia, Climate Denial, Ageism (“OK Boomer”), Socialism, Communism, Religious Persecution or any other “ism.” The Leftists in America have recently invented new groups to hate in order to generate fear, disapproval and agreement to allow the isolation of them. “White Nationalist” is a big favorite, so is “White Supremacist” and “Male Domination”. There is no White Nationalist movement, nor are there enough people who desire White Supremacy to generate much concern.

If only whites were in charge of perpetuating racism we would see an end to it within one generation. 

Male Domination is also an easy one for them to perpetuate as an adversary; nature itself is male-dominant, so there’s no escaping that pattern. But these are fabricated judgments. It is the same as racism in practice. It’s all about diminishing the power of one group while advancing the power of your team.

Black Lives Matter is founded on racism.

Not other people’s racism, but their own. Of course lives matter regardless of skin color. But BLM clearly believes that Black is superior to other races, especially Whites. They elevate the needs of Blacks above all others and rationalize it by saying they are repaying past wrongs, even those that have no living victims anymore. They promote lies about police and make accusations that cannot be proven. “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” was a slogan manufactured by BLM to win sympathy for their violence. The Trayvon Martin trial is another where the popular myth was a lie. He was guilty of unprovoked assault and George Zimmerman was the victim who acted in self defense. But that’s not the way the BLM media campaign reported it. They also take isolated instances of police misbehavior and criminal action then they amplify it to seem like a wave of hatred and corruption sweeping the nation! Of course, some police are corrupt or are racists. But so are BLM leaders, church pastors, community organizers, hairstylists, kindergarten teachers and dog sitters. That doesn’t make it an epidemic! Every group has its miscreants but police corruption is not systemic nor highly common.

Accuse others of your sins

A central premise of racism is that, in order for it to work, you must ignore the misbehavior of your own group. The biggest source of black crime in America is at the hands of other blacks. In Chicago alone, gun violence, gang violence, and murders by blacks is epidemic. But the Leftist media and the BLM leaders ignore or minimize that. They rationalize it as evidence of how oppressed their group has been. Then they blame the crimes on the guns. Mostly illegal guns, but they ignore that and want to confiscate the guns owned by law abiding citizens.

Maxine Waters clearly believes that her Leftist racist cult, not her skin color, but rather, her worldview, is superior to others, especially Whites and Conservatives. She incites violence and hatred toward them daily. “Get in their faces wherever they go and tell them You’re Not Welcome Here!” The radical politicians known as “The Squad” quickly take on the same outrageous positions. They can’t afford to have you lose your sense of outrage and desire for “justice.”

One of the most openly racist groups on earth is “Antifa.”

Yet they will tell you that they are fighting Fascism. (Ask them to define it.) Antifa understands that using the same actions as Fascists is the best way to resist what they like to call Fascism. Yet what they do is exactly what the WWII Fascists did; they riot, burn, attack, kill, beat, damage, destroy, loot, intimidate and scream at both innocents and defenders. They are like Mussolini’s Brown Shirts and yet, they accuse others of being the offenders. They seem to have very little concern over who they target. Mostly they are committed to doing harm. They treat conservatives as if they were a lower form of life and it would be OK to abuse them.

Yet, even prestigious law schools keep the small mindedness alive. In early May 2021, at Rutgers law school, a student quoted a legal document that included the N-word and suddenly there was a public outcry to censure the student and heal the school of this awful experience.

“Lopez and his co-dean, Kimberly Mutcherson, said in a statement that the discussion underway had nothing to do with “stifling academic freedom, ignoring the First Amendment, or banning words.” Rather, they said, it was about “how best to create classroom environments in which all of our students feel seen, heard, valued and respected.”

Note: They did not say ‘where all students learn and excel in their subjects,’ but rather, where they feel comfortable. Rutgers is a damned expensive place to go to get good feelings, especially when you could have been getting an education instead of worrying about your feelings, if they just changed their focus.

Capitalism hates Racism

A Capitalist society is rooted in freedom and accountability. If you open a new business and it doesn’t meet a large enough public need to generate profits then it fails and you pay for your error through losses. If you mistreat or deceive your customers then competitors will get the business. America is a melting pot of many races and businesses cannot expect to treat them differently then still win their business loyalty.

Through apps like NextDoor.com and Yelp! among others we have found ways to communicate our happiness or unhappiness when dealing with local providers. This freedom of speech allows us to eliminate the bad apples in a non violent way. We simply stop doing business with them. No race identity is required.

The next time someone says Socialism isn’t a threat to America, or when they hurl “Racist” accusations at others, give them a copy of this article and say, “Make your point with logic and evidence.” That will likely be a very short conversation. Have a profitable day.

 

 

 

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Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE is an Executive MBA Professor, Author of 21 books, Hall of Fame Professional Speaker, Top 1% TEDx video (2.4 million views), US Army veteran, Singer/Songwriter, and Lifelong Motorcyclist. He is known as "Your Virtual VP" for his Advisory/Mentor work with organizations worldwide. Based in Texas...and proud of it!



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Education

Make Universities Accountable for Predatory Student Loan Abuse

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The Biden administration is still talking about delivering on the President’s promise to relieve student loan debt for many Americans. There is continuing discussion on how much debt should be forgiven, how to pay for it, and whether it is fair to all those who have diligently and painfully worked to already pay off their own student loans. After all, if you’re going to eliminate student debt to buy votes, why just limit it to student debt?

Unfortunately for Biden, according to numerous sources including National Review, the executive branch has no generalized power to forgive any amount of student debt. Even Nancy Pelosi confirmed simply that “the president can’t do it. That’s not even a discussion.” The Department of Education came to the same verdict, determining that the executive branch “does not have the statutory authority to cancel, compromise, discharge, or forgive, on a blanket or mass basis, principal balances of student loans, and/or to materially modify the repayment amounts or terms thereof.”

Of course, even if he had the authority, forgiving student debt doesn’t make the debt go away. Reality has a way of breaking into such “freeloading” dreams. It’s pay me now, or somebody else pay me later. But why should some future taxpayer pay off anyone else’s student debt?

Whatever happened to wise warnings of “student beware.” When you get an education and agree to pay the tuition, you ought to realize that you must at some point pay for that education. You signed on the bottom line. Face your real-world responsibilities. Hopefully, you picked a degree major that will ensure a career capable of paying off your loans. Students clearly have some responsibility, but what about the universities that took advantage of the money coming from those loans?

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After all, there is ample evidence that student tuitions exploded far faster than inflation when government funds became readily available for student loans. Complaints of excessive tuition increases by students trapped in their programs tended to be met with a less than caring response—pound sand!

Since 2008, the tuition cost or a four-year college degree has increased nearly 25%. In that same period, student debt has doubled, increasing by 107%. 2015 study found that a dollar of subsidized student loans results in a published tuition increase of 58 cents at a typical university, An NBER paper suggests that changes to federal student loans are more than sufficient to explain tuition increases at private nonprofit colleges. And a 2014 study found that for-profit colleges eligible for federal student aid charged tuition 78% higher than that of similar but aid-ineligible institutions.

In short, there is no doubt that tuition was rising faster than the inflation level. Evidence has been clear for decades. In 1987, Secretary of Education William J. Bennett argued that “increases in financial aid in recent years have enabled colleges and universities to raise their tuition, confident that Federal loan subsidies would help cushion the increase.”

Bennett pointed out in 1987 that federal student aid had risen 57 percent since 1980, while inflation had been 26 percent. A 2020 analysis by the Congressional Budget Office brought the numbers up to date: “Between 1995 and 2017, the balance of outstanding federal student loan debt increased more than sevenfold, from $187 billion to $1.4 trillion (in 2017 dollars).” What is the lesson? The more federal aid to students is available colleges raise tuition more. Salaries rise and bureaucracies expand. There are more courses, more dorms, dining halls, lavish recreational centers, and more money for endowments.

Far too many students find that once they begin their education, their schools raise the tuition at such a high rate that their debt explodes. The university builds their endowment, and the “trapped” student is compelled to finish what they started at a cost they did not expect to have to pay. In such a situation, should not the university be responsible for any increased cost above the increase in cost of living during the same time? It’s time for universities to take responsibility for their share of student debt.

The universities that benefited from these loans should have a part in footing the bill. That means universities that raked in millions to inflate endowments should be holding the bag for those who can’t afford to pay their loans. With universities holding hundreds of billions of dollars in tax-free endowments, any government program to relieve student debt should be completely dependent on taxing those university endowments.

It’s time to counter the Democrats’ vote-buying scheme by making lasting changes to the student loan process. That means putting universities on the hook for their predatory behavior. That will go much further than a temporary payoff that does nothing to solve what is causing the problem.

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Joe Biden, Man of the People

In my sister’s world, Joe Biden has served with distinction during his 48 years in Washington

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As Joe Biden’s administration continues to crumble and his grasp on realty seems ever more distant, it’s a revelation to know that some people think he’s doing a fine job as leader of the U.S. and, by extension, the free world.

Consider my sister. She has a Ph.D. in psychology and is a counselor with offices in New York and New Haven. She can discuss at length literature, sociology, human relations, movies, and so on. As is typical with those on the Left, her political blind spots are beyond glaring.

Sagacious and Sparkling

In my sister’s world, Joe Biden has served with distinction during his 48 years in Washington. He never took money for pay-to-play schemes from China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Romania, or Ukraine and certainly did not take bribes over at the last two decades. According to my sister, the thoroughly corrupt Biden family has never profited by even one dime – not Hunter, not James – as a result of Joe’s position as vice president and, before that as a senator.

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Keep in mind, many of the alleged 81,000,000 or so ‘voters’ for Biden are like my sister. Inextricably ensconced in the liberal media bubble, they are steadfast in ‘what they know.’ They could easily visit alternative news sites for greater perspective, but they never do, thus creating a self-imposed information iron curtain.

In my sister’s world, Joe Biden never cheated in college, and didn’t plagiarize. He didn’t support the 1994 crime bill which essentially made black males walking targets. In her world, Joe Biden never uttered a racial comment that was less than desirable, and certainly never said things such as:

“I tell you if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” (May, 2020); “Poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids,” (August, 2019); “We’ve got to recognize that the kid wearing a hoodie may very well be the next poet laureate and not a gangbanger,” (June, 2019); “They’re gonna put y’all back in chains.” (August, 2012); Obama is “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean,” (February, 2007); and so many other such statements.

Not in Partnership With Obama

In my sister’s world Joe Biden had no part in Obama’s countless scandals or Obama’s self-professed ignorance of them. The Obama/Biden administration claimed to have no knowledge of the ‘Fast and Furious’ scandal; Black Panther voter intimidation; Veterans Administration scandals; NSA spying on German, French, and Japanese heads of state; and NSA spying on reporters and U.S. citizens.

In my sister’s world, Joe Biden was innocent and unaware of the IRS ploy to destroy tens of thousands of emails sought by the House Oversight Committee; the 21.5 million social security numbers hacked from OPM; and the EPA and other agencies paying poor performers not to work, for years, as their cases winded through respective federal bureaucracies.

In my sister’s world, however, anything that Donald Trump did, even somewhat on par with that of Joe Biden, is a crime, punishable by life in prison, if not death.  Meanwhile, she is completely oblivious to Trump’s accomplishment, like, say, the lowest unemployment in 35 years, the lowest minority unemployment in history, the lowest minority youth unemployment in history, the lowest female unemployment in 75 years, an across-the-broad increase in wages, tax cuts for middle class, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, and other trade deals.

Also the Abraham Accords, other Middle East peace agreements, increased military strength, no wars, the U.S Space Force, a restored VA, reduced danger of conflict with North Korea, China tariffs, 400 miles of new and restored border wall, a secure border, decreased illegal immigration, no domestic terror attacks, prison reform, the ‘Right To Try’, lowering the cost of insulin, low gas prices, energy independence, growing the U.S. economy, and bringing back manufacturing, to cite a tiny fraction of his accomplishments.

The Hair Sniffer-in-Chief

Biden’s major missteps in the Middle East and de facto approval of FBI and DOJ corruption sails right over her head. She has no clue about how Biden enabled China to wreak havoc on U.S. power and influence worldwide. In my sister’s world, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are as pure as the driven snow. They are ideologically correct, or close enough, and that’s all that really counts.

In my sister’s world, Joe Biden does not invade the space of girls or women, does not go around sniffing their hair, and does not touch them inappropriately, and he did not take showers with his 5-year old daughter. He is merely a sweet, old ‘Uncle Joe’ kind of guy.

Tara Reade doesn’t exist in my sister’s world and Joe Biden never tried to rape her. Reade is a liar and a glory seeker. While Biden himself said, “believe the woman,” my sister, every time, succumbs to the New York Times, Washington Post, and Atlantic Monthly view of realty. After all, they retain only trusted reporters who dig for the facts, and objectively present them. The Times amazingly found “no pattern of abuse” related to Biden and the women he has abused.

Likewise, to my sister, Rachel Maddow and all the rest of the MSNBC staff, and Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Jake Tapper, and the entire CNN staff are dedicated professionals who seek the truth no matter where the chips fall.

Lucid and Focused

In my sister’s world, Joe Biden is lucid and coherent. His exceedingly few, highly scripted press conferences are the model of competence and credibility. To my sister, Biden makes sense every time he speaks. He is no presidential puppet controlled by handlers. He is his own man.

Indeed, Biden knew that he was the man America wanted. Biden didn’t campaign heavily because he didn’t want to spread Covid-19 to his hundreds of followers. Also, because he had the election locked up, why bother to challenge President Trump, who consistently drew crowds of 30,000 or more?

In my sister’s world, Biden would never cause inflation or supply chain shortages. His weakness did not encourage Putin to invade Ukraine. Biden would never prompt a major crisis on our southern border. He wouldn’t think of tearing down the wall and allowing all manner of immigrants to flood into our land, sinking us financially, medically, economically, morally, and spiritually.

And, well, Joe’s just a good guy, a true American, and you need to realize that.

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