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Socialism: Your thoughts and opinions

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Paulwe Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would like to see some opinions on socialism from the community. Here's my current (changeable) stance on it:

Look. Here's the deal. Socialism and Communism are dirty words in America. I am not a Communist, but I am a Socialist. Coincidentally, I am also Canadian.

You say we have no arguments. You say that socialism requires handing all power to the state. You say the we're all dirty pinkos, that we can't make our own decisions, that we're un-American and should be shot.

But we require no arguments. If you have ever seen a homeless person on the street, and though, "There must be a better way of doing things," then you are a socialist, for socialism is simply the reform of government in a way meant to eliminate a poor underclass. If you have not thought that even once, you are a filthy monster. This is all there is to it.

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meanus Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
California is the most liberal, most socialist state in the Usa
it has 167 billion in debt!!!!!!!
its schools rank 37 out of 50
it has over ten percent unemployment
despite having eight percent of the us population...it spends one third of the welfare dollars the fed gives out
you have to be rich to buy a house there
it has the highest prison population BY FAR
the weather is nice though
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hooded-wanderer Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
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This article best exemplifies that the most "Socialist" nations are also apparently the least socialist nations ;)
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sonrouge Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Putting it bluntly, socialism is a smokescreen thieves hide behind to distract their victims and, in too many cases, fool themselves into believing they are committing a moral act rather than an immoral act of force. No act of kindness (such as allegedly wanting to eliminate an poor underclass, though I should mention it is socialism that divides people into classes) justifies the use of force outside of self-defense.

And I don't recognize your right to dictate my morals or make me ignore reality, so you can take the "you are a filthy monster for not believing as I believe" and throw it at someone stupid enough to believe it.
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Scnal Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Socialism is like meepo from DOTA 2 (if what I've heard is correct). If you're bad as meepo, meepo is the worst hero you could possibly pick. It doesn't help that he's the hardest hero to play good as too. But if you're good as meepo, he's the best hero you could be and the team will be expecting you to be the one to win the game (even if there's other carry's).
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freyv Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Socialism is about sharing your things and caring about the people that aren't as fortunate as you. Think about that next time you call someone a filthy communist for wanting high taxes.
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meanus Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
no job, nothing to share sweetheart...with anybody
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sonrouge Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
No, that's what freedom is. Socialism is someone forcing you to share your things against your will at the point of a gun because he isn't willing to put his money where his mouth is.

And if you believe something is worth your money, feel free to put your own money towards it. Leave those of us who don't agree with you alone.
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Ragerancher Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Not really. Socialism is about forcing people to share because they DON'T care enough to do it willingly. That was the whole basis of it (wealth being concentrated in fewer hands and the rich not paying the poor enough to buy the goods they produced).
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meanus Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
socialism is great if you aren't willing to work
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Ragerancher Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Likewise corporatism and cronyism are great if you are getting paid for it. What do you think is worse: A poor person not working but getting paid a bit for it or a poor person working their arse off but barely scraping a living while a richer person who puts in far more work lives in luxury. Which do you think is the greatest injustice?
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