Russia: Back To The Future?

In am old enough to remember the days of the USSR….the days of hiding under desks in case of a A-bomb attack…..the days of HUAC….and the days of a communist under every rock…..kinda like the rocks that ISIS is hiding under these days.

We were told that the communism/socialism was a bad thing…..that you would be oppressed if it were instituted….and they gave the Russian peasants as an example…..all that propaganda has lead to a situation today in Russia……

A recent poll revealed that most Russians would like to see the return of the Soviet Union and socialism.

The majority of Russians polled in a recent study would prefer living under the Soviet Union and would like to see the socialist system and Soviet state restored.

According to the latest poll conducted by the Levada Center, over 50 percent of Russian citizens believe the collapse of the Soviet Union was bad and could have been avoided. Only 28 percent of the population surveyed feels positive about its collapse, while 16 percent were unable to answer such a complex question.

Source: Poll: Most Russians Prefer Return of Soviet Union and Socialism | Informed Comment

Does that surprise you?

It shouldn’t!  You see there was a study here in the US and the ages between 18-29 were polled and they said that they would have no problem living with socialism.

Millennials are simply not that alarmed by the idea of socialism. For instance, a national Reason-Rupe survey found that 53 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds view socialism favorably, compared to only a quarter of Americans over 55. A more recent January YouGov survey found that 43 percent of respondents younger than 30 viewed socialism favorably, compared to 32 percent thinking favorably of capitalism.

It is an interesting stat….the problem, for me, is I am not sure that those polled have any idea just what socialism is and how it effects the country.

Back to Russia…..what are the chances of a return to the days of yore and the days of the USSR?  Could Putin make the adjustment?

If communism returns to Russia, just how contentious will the world become?

This is like any other “survey” it will probably change tomorrow….take it with a grain of salt….but it was an interesting survey.

But what does it matter?  Most will wait and see what happens then go about bad mouthing someone….I just think ahead not in reverse.

Why Is Bernie So Popular?

For some time now the media has been asking that very same question…..they cannot grasp the reason why someone who fights special interests and refuses PAC money could possibly be getting the crowds he, Bernie, is getting.

The MSM answer to this phenom is that he is the anti-Clinton candidate or that he was just in the right place at the right time for all the anger the voter is having over our political process……there is a wealth of other possible reason for his popularity.  All I can say is that if the journalists had been reading IST this whole time I have answered that exact question with a poll that they were too good to pay attention to when it came out……

What poll would that be?

I did a short post back in 2009 that answers their question…….

Source: Many Americans Prefer Socialism | In Saner Thought

Bernie is talking about the issues that the American people care most about….he is not playing the same game as the GOP with their accusations and blame……

But check it out for yourself……

14 things Bernie Sanders has said about socialism – Michael Kruse – POLITICO.

If the American people stay angry and keeps on message and does not fall prey to the attacks….then the possibility of a better government is just a vote away.

The problem is….the longer Clinton is exposed to the public the more her numbers slide…….

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, took a nosedive in a new Reuters poll released four days before the first Democratic primary debate, the Hill reports. Clinton lost 10 points in just five days, dropping from 51% on Oct. 4 to 41% on Friday. According to Newsweek, Clinton’s loss amounted to gains for Bernie Sanders (28%) and Joe Biden (20%), who has yet to say whether or not he’s even running. The Hill points out Clinton’s slide in the poll comes amid ongoing coverage of her personal email account and Benghazi. But it’s not all bad news for Clinton. Despite dropping 10 points overall last week, her lead over Sanders actually increased over what it was in September, according to Newsweek.

There is a good possibility that her slide is thanks to the news cycle and the fixation on her by the media…..that bids well for Bernie……as long as she is the news story du jour then Bernie’s star will shine.

There are some news sources that paint a better picture of Bernie….the media and the little dictator of the DNC, Wasserman-Shultz and are doing all they can to make Clinton the nominee…..but Bernie is popular where he should not be popular…..

Source: The media’s lying to you about Bernie Sanders: This is why a socialist can win the Fox-loving red states – Salon.com

I wish that I could say that the prospect of Bernie getting the nomination looks good ……….I am not optimistic…….I feel the American people will dumb it down and vote for tweedle dumb or tweedle dumber for prez……sad……we have a chance at some real change and we will blow it….like always.

All said…I still Feel The Bern!

Bernie On Socialism

Bernie is a socialist……..this will be a rallying call of all his opponents hoping that others will fear him……..it will be laughable because most Americans would not know a socialist if it bit them in the ass……

Bernie over the years has said much on the subject of socialism…….here are some of the more notable statements……

 

14 things Bernie Sanders has said about socialism – Michael Kruse – POLITICO.

Just What Is Socialism?

College of Political Knowledge

I am glad you asked!  I apologize for the redundancy, but as long as people keep using the term to describe Obama, I will be here to dispute their claim…..

As promised, I will once again teach you what socialism is and what you could expect from a government….

First, if you learn nothing else from our time together….learn this one fact….the statement, “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need” was NOT uttered by Marx, but rather a Frenchman, Louis Blanc…….

I have been fighting the insult of socialism for many years…..too many people throw it around and yet have NO idea what it is they are saying……I try to help people understand the political theory known as socialism.

The newest red meat thrown at Repubs is Newt…well not so new but rather the next right winger to get his day in the light….and Newt does not disappoint…..he has thrown the term “socialism” around more in the last couple of weeks than in most of his career…..sorry my GOP fans….Newt is an arrogant sociopathic little toad…you know this from past dealings with the man….but yet hatred for a prez will allow this person another look see…..

And then there is Rick Perry using the insult…….“We have a president who is a socialist,” Perry said in response to a question at the early morning GOPdebate in Concord, N.H.

And now the GOP’s front runner, Mitt, is using the insult but at least he tries to disguise the fact…..”He wants to turn America into a European-style entitlement society.  We want to ensure that we remain a free and prosperous land of opportunity.”  (The ever present “WE”….whoever they are)……

Like I have said…..Many use the term….few understand it…….Let me try to make in simple so that there is NO confusion….

  • Socialism guarantees everyone a decent life with food, shelter, health care, and education.
  • Socialism will work to eradicate poverty and great disparities of wealth.
  • Socialism works to uproot racism, sexism, and homophobia. It aims to dismantle the hierarchies of gender and race.
  • Socialism focuses on the common good as the way for individuals to excel and explore their talents and desires.
  • Socialism puts working people—the working class—in charge of their destiny through workers’ ownership and active participation and management of production, land, public services, assets, and utilities.
  • Socialism works to end the brutal cycle of policing and mass incarceration, and seeks to build a justice system that values human life and community empowerment.
  • Socialism puts the global ecological system at the center of all economic activity.
  • Socialism is about expanding individual rights (including the freedom to criticize), deepening and widening democracy and democratic institutions (like government, schools, unions, community groups), and ensuring dignity.

In other words….it is democracy at work……a political theory that involves and includes all people in the process of governing…….with that said…I do NOT see Obama fitting into that category at all.

Democracy is a form of government in which all citizens take part.  It is government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

Socialism is where we all put our resources together and work for the common good of us all and not just for our own benefit.  In this sense, we are sharing the wealth within society.

Of course when people hear that term, “Share the wealth” they start screaming, “OMG you want to rob from the rich and give it all to the poor!”  But that is NOT what Democratic Socialism means.

To a Democratic Socialist, sharing the wealth means pooling tax money together to design social programs that benefit ALL citizens of that country, city, state, etc.

And there are many forms of socialism……..but the basic tenets are the same……it is a truer form of democracy than most others……the people are in control….and is that not what we think the Founding Fathers had in mind?

Now ask yourself….do we, as Americans, have a social contract….that is a contract between the governed and governing?  (A future post coming to a blog near you)….

Road To Dystopia

College of Political Knowledge

Votes are counted in Iowa and most likely mean absolutely nothing…..and now on to New Hampshire.

While you suffer through the endless interviews and sound bites I would like to give you something to think about….before you return to the reality of the political circus.

I know the title sounds like one of those zany movies with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby….but that is not what I am writing about….though the movie might be more interesting to some…..

When you study political philosophy you will inevitably study the works of Sir Thomas More, especially his writings on the perfect idyllic world of the island paradise of “Utopia”……..his writing was about the perfect society for man….his ideas were forward thinking for the day, which was 1516 and included such as ideas as the abolition of private property, universal obligation to work, right to an equal share of society’s wealth, the concept of equal rights under the law and state management and control of production……..

Of course he made these observations during the reign of bonnie King Henry VIII and all these proposals were very risky and More paid for them with his life…..and for a hundred years maybe a little longer the world forgot about the writings and the concepts put forth bu Sir Thomas More….but then in 1656 or there about, the concept of “Utopia” was re-visited by another Englishman, James Harrington.

Harrington, once King Charles I was executed spent time in the countryside writing about a proper government for the people of England….during this time he acquainted himself with More’s “Utopia” and expanding onto it a bit……to include a strict division of power between an executive and a legislative branch….he called for two houses an upper called the senate that could debate issues but had little to no power, a lower house that voted on the policies that were proposed…the upper house would draw from the aristocracy and the lower were from the people that were voted into office and served a fixed term on a rotating basis….those for the lower house were open to all adult males with the exception of bachelors and attorneys…they could vote but not hold office…..(an idea that has some merit when it comes to attorneys)…..Harrington also had the idea of a separation of powers and indirect election of a president….all this was an expansion on More’s Utopia but Harrington called his idyllic society as the “Commonwealth Of Oceana”…….(BTW, if you bother to read More and Harrington then the founding father that is credited with so many accomplished ideas, Jefferson, does not look as genius as the historians would have us believe)……..

I bet about now, my reader is going…..Get to the point, Professor!  What is “Dystopia”?

I am coming to the point…just gimme a couple minutes to set it up……

The year now is 1868 and enter…… (stage right)……. a political philosopher named John Stuart Mill…..he read and understood More’s Utopia and as this was a place that was good and honest to exist, Mill came up with the antagonist he called “Dystopia”, meaning a place that was too bad to exist…….and now we are to the point of this post!

Dystopia is the idea of a society in a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian, as characterized in books like Brave New World and 1984.  Dystopian societies feature different kinds of repressive social control systems, various forms of active and passive coercion.  Ideas and works about dystopian societies often explore the concept of humans abusing technology and humans individually and collectively coping, or not being able to properly cope with technology that has progressed far more rapidly than humanity’s spiritual evolution.  Dystopian societies are often imagined as police states, with unlimited power over the citizens.

What are the characteristics of this society?

Propaganda used to control society, concept is worshiped by citizens of the society, citizens are under constant surveillance, citizens are taught fear of outside world, citizens live in a De-humanized state,  the natural world is distrusted, citizens are encouraged to conform to a prescribed conduct and society is an illusion of a perfect world.

Stop and think…does the internet bill or the detention bill or the way some people treat others or ……I could keep putting in the “or”s but you get the point….just look around…take a solid objective look at our country today…..now what did you see?

Now that paragraph is the meat of the post…In my opinion, the US is moving rather rapidly toward becoming Dystopian country…Americans need to sit down and take stock of what this country is becoming….all the hyper-partisanship, all the fear tactics used to insist on compliance, all the false idols that were are told to worship, like capitalist, heroes, etc……

Utopia does NOT exist….but Dystopia is rapidly approaching by Americans lack of concern for the country as a whole….their mini concerns will guarantee a country that NO one will want to live in…it will be too bad to exist….a DYSTOPIA!

I now return you to your news source for updates on the circus I call the 2012 Circus of Stars!

Merits Of A Romney!

We, Americans, have been bombarded with endless accusations that Obama and most Dems are some how socialist….some think that are closet socialist and others think that they are outright…..and then there are those like Romney that are scared of using the term and try to cloak the accusation in doublespeak…..

Romney got about as close to suggesting the current president wants to bring pure socialism to America as one can without actually saying the word.

“He seeks to replace our merit-based society with an entitlement society,” Romney told an audience at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s candidate forum.

He explained that Obama’s vision for the country is some kind of meritless-free, government-controlled superstate straight out of the pages of Orwell.

Was it humor?  Or maybe Mitt giving us his vision of what “HIS” America will look if he is EVER elected?

I know that most Americans prefer their politics boiled down to bumper sticker slogans or 30 second sound bytes….but they need to pull their heads out of their butts and listen to what these people are saying there is more to it than a sound byte….and if they cannot accomplish this feat then this whole system that they are so proud of is a doomed exercise in futility……

As an observer of political theory, I see a message embedded in the statement by Romney.  When he said “He seeks to replace our merit-based society with an entitlement society,” he is giving us a look into his idea of our society in his plan……to me, he is championing a “Meritocracy”……

Right about now most readers are asking….HUH?

Meritocracy is a system of government or other administration wherein appointments and responsibilities are objectively assigned to individuals based upon their “merits”, namely intelligence, credentials, and education,  determined through evaluations or examinations. The “most common definition of meritocracy conceptualizes merit in terms of tested competency and ability, and most likely as measured by IQ or standardized achievement tests.”

Meritocracy itself is not a form of government, but rather an ideology.   In government applications, individuals appointed to a meritocracy are judged based upon certain merits which could range from intelligence to morality to general aptitude to specific knowledge.

Supporters of meritocracies do not necessarily agree on the nature of “merit”, however they tend to agree that “merit” itself should be a primary consideration during evaluation.

Is that what Romney has planned?  A country where intelligence, education or morality…in other words, only certain types of people will be tolerated……. all others will be subjects to the will of a few……

Maybe we voters need to take a closer look at all those pertaining to be concerned about the direction of the country…..Pay attention to what is said!  There may be a clue to what you may be really voting for……Just a thought!