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.
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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Conservatives are always railing against using products and services from left-wing activists, so why are some who clearly have the option of choosing otherwise not doing so? One of the most glaring areas where this is taking place is in red state governments. They hire left-wing PR and advertising agencies, giving them millions of taxpayer dollars which enables the agencies to continue attacking conservatives, helping leftist causes and possibly even sabotaging the conservative governors they are supposed to represent.
A classic example of one of these agencies is New York-based MMGY NJF, one of the largest PR companies for tourism offices in the country. It was founded by Democrat Nancy Friedman. Her Twitter feed is full of progressive posts, including retweeting Rachel Maddow and David Hogg. She gave money to Kamala Harris and the DNC in 2020.
MMGY NJF Vice President Danny Guerrero’s Twitter account is also full of hate. He retweeted Joy Behar urging Beto O’Rourke to run against Ted Cruz, and another person gloating that the Military Band played “Hit the Road Jack” outside the White House on President Trump’s last day. He also retweeted Robert Reich wanting to impeach Trump 10 days before the inauguration. MMGY gave Guerrero a big award this month.
So who uses MMGY besides typical woke areas of the country like West Hollywood? Texas and South Dakota, both states with conservative Republican governors. South Dakota and Travel Texas are proudly listed as two of their clients. Their contract with South Dakota is valued at over $20.7 million. Visit Rapid City also uses the agency.
MMGY recently bragged that Travel Texas and Visit Florida, Florida’s tourism office, are funding their woke study examining the “intersectionality” of “LatinX” tourism. It’s entitled “Latinx U.S. Travelers: Observations and Insights on Themes of Diaspora and Intersectionality.” Intersectionality is a Marxist term that means looking at political issues in terms of identity, viewing everyone as a white male, a queer transgender, etc., and how privilege and discrimination apply. LatinX is a term made up by woke white leftists to refer to Hispanics, which MMGY defines as a “gender-neutral” term. One Hispanic was so offended he wrote an article for USA Today denouncing the made-up word.
Profits from the study’s sale will be donated to Travel Unity. Travel Unity puts on events featuring woke speakers such as Brandan Robertson, a “trusted voice on progressive faith and politics.” Speaker Adrienne Lee worked for a global social justice organization and has a love for “intersectional environmentalism.” Sara Emmert managed communications and public relations for the New York State Legislature Democratic caucus members and for Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo. And speaker Alanah Keddell-Tuckey is a public outreach specialist for New York’s DEC’s Office of Environmental Justice. The list is devoid of conservative speakers but full of SJWs.
After the announcement, Visit Florida was scrubbed off of MMGY’s website as a sponsor. Maybe they wised up? Before MMGY, Texas used Edelman, the firm of Steve Schmidt of Lincoln Project infamy.
Democrats are great about hiring each other and canceling Republicans out of jobs. So why are these conservative governors allowing MMGY to stay on as a client? There are plenty of conservative PR agencies who would love the work, and may desperately need it due to the cancel culture.
MMGY is all about dividing people by race and other categories. It is not inclusive, it is perpetuating divisive stereotypes. Why are tax dollars in red states going to such an openly progressive agency?
Some levels of government are doing the right thing and pushing back. North Carolina’s Surry County Commissioners recently announced that the county is banning Coke machines after Coke issued a statement denouncing Georgia’s new voting integrity laws.
There is probably something going on behind closed doors that the American public doesn’t know about. There are a few people in those three states with power who stand to gain from contracts with MMGY. They’ve become buddies with the top brass at MMGY, and likely reap benefits, tangible or intangible, from the partnership. These types of sleazy people frequently use blackmail to force politicians to do what they want.
When conservatives rail against RINOs, this is the epitome of the type of behavior they are ranting about. Many RINOs at the top echelons in government care more about their personal pockets than principles. Sadly, the American public rarely discovers these backdoor secrets, because those kinds of people are masters at covering their tracks. It’s allowed to remain a frustrating mystery.
It sounds like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may have finally put the lid on MMGY. Now it’s time for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem to do the same. If they don’t, MMGY will be like a ball and chain following them around if they run for higher office. It may seem like a very small move to dump the agency. But every little bit counts pushing back against the woke progressives’ indoctrination, and since they control so many areas of society, fighting piecemeal may be our only option.
There is a feeling in this country that we are more divided, more violent, less informed and willing to just go along to get along. Why is that? Why are people willing to take to the streets and burn and loot? How can even a small vocal minority support communist regimes that have murdered hundreds of thousands thru out history? Why do those popular “man on the street” interviews show so many citizen’s ignorant of even basic civic knowledge? Possibly a closer look needs to be taken at how the youngest of Americans are taught and where their views are shaped.
In America we have compulsory but not mandatory Kindergarten thru 12th grade. Like almost all government type programs the users pay nothing but the taxpayers pay dearly. The costs for education has outpaced inflation for quite a few years. Despite what some say more money does not equal better students. Using almost any matrix American students are falling behind their counterparts in the rest of the western world. In some blue state’s average property taxes can equal almost half of the federal income tax paid.
There was a time when schools concentrated upon the three “R’s”, Reading, writing and arithmetic. The goal of school was to prepare students for the real world. Today we have books banned in school so it doesn’t offend or inform students about the real world. In quite a few school cursive writing is no longer taught since it is difficult and beside we have Bill Gates and Microsoft helping us to write and spell. Math or arithmetic has been branded “racist” because laws of math are absolute and to teach students that they might be wrong just might damage their self-esteem. Advanced placement classes are being defunded across the nation to make room for more special education placements. Because some doing better than others could hurt some students and parents feelings.
If the basic three “R’s” are no longer being taught what is happening in our schools? Reading classics like “Huckleberry Finn” has now been replaced by “Heather has two mommies”. Writing assignments might consist of a short essay on your heroes. But make sure it’s a woke hero and not anyone like Jesus or Trump. Arithmetic in use for at least since the pyramids were built is now being performed by the “Common Core” method instead of the traditional time honored way. Which is probably why cashiers these day can’t figure out change without the machine. Don’t forget the latest fad “Critical Race Theory”, where if you are not the correct shade of brown you don’t even deserve your change back.
Education and schooling has always been about building a base for a better future and short on actual practical knowledge. There is some truth to the saying those that can do and those that can’t teach. So what are our most vulnerable being taught in public schools these days? To be an activist, a social justice warrior, to despise the very foundations that allow them the freedom they enjoy today? It has either accelerated lately or maybe just become more open as a result of remote learning. Many parents forced to stay home during the Conovirus scare were able to witness what is usually hidden behind school walls.
So this is the education children are getting for all of those tax dollars. Learning to hate the very people footing the bill for this “education”. Not only thru property taxes but that same money pays teachers salaries. In spite of many districts being Union Free it doesn’t mean what you think. A percent of every teachers pay is sent off to the teachers union who then uses their power to make sure their voice is heard loud and clear by the politicians that make up the rules. Don’t think the unions don’t care at all about students, why just this year the head of the American Federation of Teachers warned teachers not to post photos of their exotic vacations while insisting neighborhood schools remained closed.
What can be done to alter the course of our failing schools? Budgets can be voted down but those are just increases and most time re-votes are scheduled until they get what they want. School boards whose job it is to speak for the citizen’s mostly don’t know what is going on in the very schools they represent. They spend their time defending the status quo. Just like our local and national politics we must be informed and active. Ignoring the problems won’t make it go away.
The only hope for future citizens is that there are good teachers out there, their voices are suppressed like in most industries. The students themselves might rebel against authority realize they have be lied to and manipulated thru out their school days and reject the indoctrination they received during their primary education.
The only hope for parents present and future is one of three: 1) Private school if it is economically feasible, after first a thorough due diligence, 2) Home school if someone at home can afford the time, 3) If public school is the only option the time must be found to stay involved and informed to counter act any socialist training.
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