Obama is NOT a socialist...
Socialism, in it's traditional and true definition, means "the workers democratic ownership and/or control of the means of production". Such a
definition implies that rather than a government bureaucracy for managing such means, there is a focus on highly democratic organisation, education
and awareness, and every individual is encouraged to become an active, rather than passive participant in that which effect their lives.
Socialism was and is a movement for the people by the people.
You have believed the lies from those who live by exploiting your labor for their own gains, and I bet none of you have ever questioned what you've
been told. Your culture is so full of lies and you just believe it no question, no checking of the facts.
Those in power in the West are paranoid about socialism, they are the ones who will lose, the people (you and me) will only gain from socialism. So
it is in their interest to spread lies and myths about what socialism is.
C'mon ATS members, you are supposed to be good researchers yet you all fall for the biggest lies from your right wing fascist government. You all
claim to not trust government yet you fall for their lies.
The ruling elites don't care about socialism, or fascism, or left or right, those labels are there to control and divide you. The powers that be
will use whatever method of control they can.
Socialism doesn't have to be right or left, it can be libertarian...
It is recognized that there are authoritarian systems and behavior, distinct from libertarian, or non-authoritarian ones. Since capitalism's
early beginnings in Europe, and it's authoritarian trend of wage-slavery for the majority of people (working class) by a smaller, elite group (a
ruling, or, capitalist class) who own the "means of production": machines, land, factories, there was a liberatory movement in response to
capitalism known as "Socialism". In almost every case, the socialist movement has been divided along authoritarian, and libertarian lines. The
anarchists on the libertarian side, and the Jacobins, Marxists, Leninists, Stalinists, and reformist state-socialists on the authoritarian side. (And
liberals more or less split down the middle.)
Libertarian, a system based on non-authoritarian principles.
Socialism, workers ownership of thier means of production.
The private ownership of production is what keeps us exploited and poor. If the workers equally owned the company you work for, we would all be
better off (collectives, COOPS). The wealth created by you wouldn't go to someone else, it would be yours. The harder you work the more you would
make, a direct effect, instead of hoping your 'boss' gives you a raise once in awhile.
So does Obama fit this picture? I don't think so. It will be capitalism and exploitation of labour as per usual.
Social services is not socialism.
Social engineering is not socialism.
Hitler was not a socialist (yes some people do think this).
Russia, not socialist (or communist either).
China, not socialist (or communist either).