I still don’t understand why “socialism” is such a boogeyman. And why folks will argue until they are blue in the face that socialism is bad, and simultaneously that universally-beloved public services aren’t socialism.
Perhaps it needs new branding. 😜
What if everyone contributed a small percentage of their income in order to ensure the elderly and folks with disabilities would have a financial safety net? SOCIALISM! Also known as “Social Security.”
What if we all chipped in a bit to make our communities better and provide essential services to those who need it? SOCIALISM! Also known as, “social services.”
How about we all agree to collectively fund a place for our children to get a comprehensive education, helping builds a foundation for the rest of their lives? SOCIALISM! Also known as, “public schools.”
What if as a community we decided to collectively purchase and maintain a bunch of books and other media so anyone could read them and learn, be entertained, etc.? SOCIALISM. Also known as, “public libraries.”
Hey roads are kind of critical to modern life—what if we decided to collectively pay to build and maintain them? SOCIALISM! Also known as, “public roads.”
How is e.g. Internet access any different? We *require* Internet access for education, job searching/applying, and much of modern life. Why do we leave these virtual roads maintained by “capitalism” where they are guaranteed to be prohibitively expensive for the most at-need?
Years of right-wing propaganda has caused people to vote against their own interests and against the interests of society as a whole.
@cassidyjames What have the Romans done for us?
@cassidyjames Yeah, we need to brainwash children about socialis starting early, in public schools. Colledge might be too late.
@cassidyjames In Sweden this small percentage is 33-56%. You are chipping in not just to support elderly. Someone should feed all these refugies, I guess.
@cassidyjames You don’t seriously not know about all the massive amounts of funding going into propaganda to trick us into giving up our universally-beloved public services, do you? You’re joking, right?
@cassidyjames I think it's actually a category label problem, where "socialism" in the US is somehow taken to mean the state totalitarian "socialism" from the cold war (the second S in USSR), whereas socialism in most of the rest of the world just means the common or garden post-WW2 social democratic norms established in most of the West that provides public services though taxation. Also hi :-)
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