“Lou Dobbs, former CNN resident-in-chief, incendiary conspiracy theorist, was on hand at a midtown Manhattan tea party rally Thursday evening to pander to the screaming right-wing fringe crowd. “About half of our economy is socialist and no one is talking about it,” he declared to thundering applause.” (ChattahBox)
When I read that, I realized that many Americans have been led to fear Socialism, but do not know what it is they fear. Fear is a way of uniting a group to oppose a common foe. It does not matter what the fear is, as long as it unites the group. In his 1927 essay “Supernatural Horror in Literature,” H.P. Lovecraft stated: “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” (Wikimedia Foundation). Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Fear of the unknown is at the root of the fear of death, as John Hollander explains that the fear of death encompasses.
The Teapartiers, Lou Dobbs, Rush Limbaugh, most of the staff at FOX, and Americans who fear Socialism do not really know what Socialism is. Americans who fear Socialism only know it is bad because they have been told it is bad and to fear it by Lou Dobbs, Rush Limbaugh, the GOP and those like them.
Socialism, true Socialism, professes that the government own and run everything. Ideally, the people of the Socialist country would make the decisions. That has never happened nor in my opinion, will it.
CNN) “Socialized health care” is on its way. The “socialist agenda” is taking over America. And best of all, Barack Obama, a “committed socialist ideologue,” is in the Oval Office.
But Wharton, co-chair of the Socialist Party USA, sees no reason to celebrate. He’s seen people with bumper stickers and placards that call Obama a socialist, and he has a message for them: “Obama isn’t a socialist. He’s not even a liberal. We didn’t see a great victory with the election of Barack Obama,” Wharton says, ” and we certainly didn’t see our agenda move from the streets to the White House.”
There are not very many Socialist countries in the big wide world. Of the countries that can be called Socialist, not many practice true Socialism. Here is a list of the 11 Socialist countries of the world from Associate Content News. USA is not even close to being on this list.
Cuba: Cuba is one of the most Socialist nations, as it has a mostly state-run economy, universal healthcare, government-paid education at all levels, and a number of of social programs. It does not have a stock exchange.
North Korea: The same is true of North Korea, which has an almost entirely state-run economy, as well as the same social programs mentioned for Cuba. Like Cuba, North Korea does not have a stock exchange.
Venezuela: Economy has more private ownership, but the government social programs are quite extensive and the foreign policy is very left-wing. Cuban doctors and teachers have been brought to Venezuela to provide some medical and educational services.
China: A substantial part of the economy is still state-run, although there are not as many social programs as there once were and universal healthcare has been eliminated. Still has a Socialist-type foreign policy, for the most part.
Vietnam: A significant part of the economy is state-run. Close ties with Cuba, Venezuela, and Belarus.
Syria: Although not commonly referred to as Socialist in the West, Syria has a mostly state-run economy and universal healthcare, along with a left-wing foreign policy.
Belarus: Much of the Belarussian economy is state-run and some govt. social programs are available. Belarus has close ties with Venezuela, China, and other Socialist countries.
Sweden: Mostly private industry, but many well-funded govt. social programs are offered. Universal healthcare and government-provided education at all levels is made available.
Laos: A large part of the economy is state-run, and the government has close ties with most other Socialist countries.
Zambia: Some elements of the economy are state-run, including most of the media. Universal healthcare and primary education are available. Zambia has a left-wing foreign policy and is friendly with China and North Korea.
Turkmenistan: Mostly state-run economy, various free and subsidized services are provided by the government. Housing and transportation are subsidized, natural gas and electricity are provided to citizens free of charge.
Other countries which might be considered Socialist, depending upon the interpretation of different factors, include Norway, Libya, Algeria, and Namibia.
These so-called Socialist countries maintain close ties with each other. None have close ties to the USA, unless you want to consider China close because of the huge debt the USA owes them.
The oppression of the working class is really the only way the USA resembles Socialism. There is always an elite group that makes rules, sets policy, and lives off the wealth of the oppressed working class. The USA has that elite group. By the way, that elite group is the same group that does not want the working class to have government run health care. It is that same elite group that listens to lobbyists instead of the people who elected them.
Maybe it is time we eject lobbyists from the nation’s capital. But, that opinion will require another article.