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Have the financial crisis and Wall Street shenanigans prompted Americans to give socialism another look?
A new survey suggests that the often-vilified political theory of shared economic responsibility isn't viewed as negatively as some might expect, and that the reviews for capitalism are decidedly mixed, considering it is the dominant economic philosophy.
In its survey of 1,004 Americans, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press asked respondents about nine political words and phrases. "Family values" came out on top, drawing positive reactions from 89 percent of respondents, while "militia" elicited the most negative answers, with just 21 percent reacting positively.
Socialism was viewed positively by 29 percent of respondents as a whole, and found favor with 43 percent of those aged 18 to 29 and 44 percent of Democrats. By contrast, it was deemed positive by just 23 percent of respondents aged 50 to 64 and only 15 percent of Republicans.
Capitalism drew positive responses from only 52 percent of all Pew respondents, with a positive rating as low as 62 percent even from Republicans, and with 47 percent of Democrats and about half of independents reacting positively to the word.
Among 18- to 29-year-olds, capitalism was viewed positively by 43 percent -- the same as socialism -- and among Americans aged 50 to 64, the poll found 54 percent reacting positively.
Originally posted by Misoir
reply to post by tauempire
Or, and I am going out on a limb here, maybe it is that people are sick of a corrupt electoral and legislative system that is pervesed by moneyed special interests and an economic system that takes excess work from the workers and gives it to the owners who do not produce the labor while paying themselves $100,000 and their workers $20,000.
But, like I said, I am going out on a limb here.
Originally posted by Misoir
reply to post by AlreadyGone
I know, look at all of those western countries and their socialism. Now that you say something, that damn Kevin Rudd, Segolene Royal, Gordon Brown, Stephane Dion, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero they all remind of of Stalin.
I just can't believe every other western country in the world is part of the former Soviet Union and the Third Reich! I better make sure to move to Texas and never leave the Texas borders or the Communist/Nazi/ Socialists will get me!
Before you respond I want you, and anyone else who thinks socialism is a system of laziness that stifles innovation, to read all of these and look at the countries of northern and western europe and canada. Don't go to the stereotypical socialist country that you like to fantsize about(i.e. Greece, Venezuela, Spain, Portugal, China, Russia, N. Korea, Vietnam) try and look at the real Social Democratic countries(i.e. Sweden, Norway, Germany, France, Canada, Australia).
Once you are done, then respond, until then I don't really care what you have to say.
[edit on 5/12/10 by Misoir]
Originally posted by Southern Guardian
reply to post by Misoir
The country has never in its history been free of socialism. I do expect a number of replies coming in insisting otherwise, and I will gladly clarify why, what, where and when.