reply to post by StinkyFeet
I live in the Great White North; Canada. Many seem to believe because we have social programs such as health care and government pensions, that we
are commies or socialists. Far from it. The economy is organized as a capitalist economy. What few social benefits we have, were won through
struggle, of the people, by the people, for the people. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? Many in the US denigrate social safety nets
not realizing that virtually all the freedoms in your country were won through democratic action and agitation by the proletariat.
The right to an 8 hour work day, paid vacation, pensions, work place safety, the abolition of child labour. These things were not born out of
capitalist desire, in fact, capitalists and industrial robber-barons fought tooth and nail against these reforms. These were democratic, and dare i
say, socialist, reforms.
Much of the freedom your grandparents knew was because of direct democracy. Perhaps it is time you took a good, long, critical
look at how
labour was organized in the 1800-1930's, who was in power, who got to control the lions share of the wealth. You might find some shocking
similarities and re-occurrences.
If capitalism is such a good thing, why is it the same system poisons the water in Guatemala with industrial effluence? Why is it water is diverted
from villages to hydro-electric dams in India?
Capitalism is not the great liberator. Direct Democracy is.
On topic. does it really matter? hundreds of millions of US tax dollars are spent, illegally by organizations like the CIA to import and produce
coc aine every year, and you are concerned about the propaganda your current administration is spewing? Show me one US presidency within the
last 40 years that has not used propaganda and I will show you the lucky charms leprechaun.
[edit on 10-10-2009 by InSpiteOf]