posted on Oct, 5 2012 @ 10:11 PM
reply to post by amfirst1
map might tend to disagree with your blanket
statement about capitalism.
I believe in capitalism on a fundamental level - the key concepts. The problem is that the key concepts have been hijacked and totally polarized by
two factions and now doctrine and dogma has created a nearly inescapable trap for us.
Deregulation killed the free market. Think of it this way. You have a day off. You decide you want a full day so you go out to eat for breakfast,
lunch, and dinner - all at different restaurants. In between meals you shop at five or six different stores. You go see a movie. Then you go home.
You've done your part in things. You've consumed. You've "contributed"
But there is actually a pretty strong statistical chance that even though you went to ten different "shops" - they were ALL owned by the same
"parent company". Thus all your money went into one pocket - and not many.
Or two pockets. Maybe three or four. But you see what I am getting at.
And now we're seeing this trend towards referring to any and all social programs as "socialism" This is disturbing. Often, when arguing this point
on ATS I find myself tempted to say "You realize that, by your terms, the ULTIMATE in 'socialism' is jail and prison. Right? Are you saying that
you'd gladly let the jails and prisons in your area release all of their inmates today? After all... they are living on the tax payers
This polarized and absolutist division is created, contrived, and is used to manipulate us. It's almost like we're all on either "Team Hannity" or
"Team Mathews" and both teams are so entrenched that they'll attack anyone who is not 100% on board - and with ferocity.
I am on "Team Common Sense" - and we don't win many games or have many fans. But we keep stepping up to the plate.