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#76    Mr Right Wing

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:29 PM

View Postquestionmark, on 04 January 2013 - 02:23 PM, said:

The USSR was as communistic as East Germany was democratic (official name: German Democratic Republic). What failed is not communism, what failed is state capitalism, which is not the same. We still have to see a communistic state.

Whether it be Socialism or all the way with Communism the same applies.

It isnt in tune with the external environment and doesnt manage its resources correctly to aid survival. The reason why socialist states in the EU are doing well is they've created an economic bubble with the EU that prevents outside nations competing on equal ground. If it was removed the EU nations would need to streamline their economies pretty fast to survive.


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Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:37 PM

View PostMr Right Wing, on 04 January 2013 - 02:29 PM, said:

Whether it be Socialism or all the way with Communism the same applies.

It isnt in tune with the external environment and doesnt manage its resources correctly to aid survival. The reason why socialist states in the EU are doing well is they've created an economic bubble with the EU that prevents outside nations competing on equal ground. If it was removed the EU nations would need to streamline their economies pretty fast to survive.

Which tells me that besides your "learned by heart" tirade you have not bothered to learn anything about it. And fanatic "learned by heart" and repeated like a mantra is certainly not a lasting argument.

If I say communism is unworkable I know why.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:50 PM

View Postquestionmark, on 04 January 2013 - 02:37 PM, said:

Which tells me that besides your "learned by heart" tirade you have not bothered to learn anything about it. And fanatic "learned by heart" and repeated like a mantra is certainly not a lasting argument.

If I say communism is unworkable I know why.

You expect me to understand that reply?


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Posted 04 January 2013 - 03:21 PM

View PostMr Right Wing, on 04 January 2013 - 02:50 PM, said:

You expect me to understand that reply?
Not really. But it does not matter either.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 06:19 PM

I was going to wait until I got caught up, but you are just getting sillier as each post goes along.  You need to be soaked and then B!tch slapped a few times before being hung to dry.

View PostBr Cornelius, on 04 January 2013 - 11:24 AM, said:

By acknowledging that is doesn't really exist.
"Is the thought of a Unicorn a real thought ?" Philip K Dick
Apples and oranges.  The Unicorn may or may not have existed but Socialism is a reality.  A Unicorn doesnít steal Freedom from the people.

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You see your mistake is to attribute what is happening in America to socialism - when in fact it has been on a long slow slide into a fascistic totalitarian state. By mis-diagnosing the cause you make any resistance you might offer ineffective.

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What do you think Iíve been saying?  Socialism has been creeping into our system for over a century now.  I would say that is a long slow slide into a Totalitarian state.  There is no flaw in logic here.  No misdiagnosing the cause.  Socialism is the greatest bait and switch ploy ever.

Yes, it is resistance and it is very effective because I am pushing your buttons so hard that you instinctively go to defend that idealistic, utopian concept of what you think Socialism *should* be, where we all sit around the camp fire and sing Kumbaya.  The hard cold reality is that Socialism today is the most common form of government and has the ruling elite taking more and more power from the people.  And the OP was just one example of that.  Iím not going to waste my time being considerate to peopleís sensibilities; Iím going to call a spade a spade.

Every post so far youíve made has been one excuse after the other.  I would imagine that all the ones following will be of similar kind?!

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:03 PM

View PostCradle of Fish, on 04 January 2013 - 04:43 AM, said:

I've learned not to debate with Raven-Hawk since he claimed that the majority of people on Earth are 'soulless', except for him of course.
Please just stick with putting words into your mouth and not others.  Donít worry; I wonít report your personal attack on me.  I realize that is all you have.

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There is nothing socialist about this law. It's a socially conservative way to enforce homogenity onto the people. It does absolutely nothing to redistribute the wealth, in fact it has nothing to do with economics at all.
Hello?  Enforcing homogeneity against someoneís will is not socially conservative.  Forcing this onto the people is Socialism.  Socialism is not just about redistributing wealth.  It is all about power and who holds it.  Socialism is anything Oligarchical.  And that means that the society doesnít rule by law, it is the rule of one or the group and that always leads to oppression.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:47 PM

To me all this about socialism or communism, plutocracies such as US or elected oligarchies such as UK, is redundant. All this is about people with nothing better to do than talk to each other while ordinary people have to do real work. The political classes of left and right are worthless parasites, and I see many on the so called left who are appalling hypocites who have no idea of real work, whose hands are as soft as babies. What is a trait of socialism? well, I think it is all as one with capitalism, as in Animal Farm. I curse all of them. For me, with some reservations, Nestor Makhno showed the way. He was hated by left and right, so perhaps he had correct ideas as left and right usually join together to crush anybody that threatens their monopoly on power.


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Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:06 PM

View PostYamato, on 04 January 2013 - 01:20 PM, said:

Socialism is not having to work to pay for things?  That is indeed an abused high ideal then.
Not really, it's not having to PAY for things, you still have to work as it's your responsibility as part of the community to contribute in your own way to the society.

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What do you have to work for?
Judging by Star Trek (and they actually give this answer at least once in the show) - to better yourself, to achieve goals you set yourself.  

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One's inner altruism and personal pride?
Bingo.

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Is this magic world somehow free from greed too and everyone is going to behave themselves just like the nice man in the uniform instructed?
Exactly why I said it's too high an idea for current mankind.
And they not going to behave themselves because an authority tells them to, they're going to behave themselves because it's the right and proper way to act.


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Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:33 PM

View PostWearer of Hats, on 04 January 2013 - 12:35 PM, said:

Socialism is a very easily abused high ideal - an ideal so high that we're not ready for it and as such turn it to the neds of whever is powerful enough to do so.

Star Trek's Federation and Banks' Culture are arguably socialistic as noone has to work to pay for tings, if you need something it's provided fo you and there is no real govern,ent beyond a group of people maling sure the lights work and noone invades you.


The Ferengi disagree. Greed is good, platinum is pretty. The Federation is boring and your human females are unattractive when clothed. Blaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! How can you stand yourselves? *cracks electrical whip*

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:35 PM

Well, one trait of Socialism is that is an ECONOMIC idea.  Gun Control is neither socialistic nor capitalistic. Naming babies also has nothing to do with socialism.  Star Trek is indeed a socialist utopia with maybe the exception of the Ferengi.  However, I personally think due to human nature, our future socialist utopia will be more like WALL-E.


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Posted 05 January 2013 - 12:17 AM

View PostRavenHawk, on 04 January 2013 - 06:19 PM, said:

I was going to wait until I got caught up, but you are just getting sillier as each post goes along.  You need to be soaked and then B!tch slapped a few times before being hung to dry.


Apples and oranges.  The Unicorn may or may not have existed but Socialism is a reality.  A Unicorn doesn't steal Freedom from the people.


What do you think I've been saying?  Socialism has been creeping into our system for over a century now.  I would say that is a long slow slide into a Totalitarian state.  There is no flaw in logic here.  No misdiagnosing the cause.  Socialism is the greatest bait and switch ploy ever.

Yes, it is resistance and it is very effective because I am pushing your buttons so hard that you instinctively go to defend that idealistic, utopian concept of what you think Socialism *should* be, where we all sit around the camp fire and sing Kumbaya.  The hard cold reality is that Socialism today is the most common form of government and has the ruling elite taking more and more power from the people.  And the OP was just one example of that.  I'm not going to waste my time being considerate to people's sensibilities; I'm going to call a spade a spade.

Every post so far you've made has been one excuse after the other.  I would imagine that all the ones following will be of similar kind?!

You do not understand socialism so you cannot comment on it. Your comments are abundant evidence of your lack of understanding.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 12:36 AM

View Postquestionmark, on 04 January 2013 - 01:59 PM, said:

No, that is communism. Socialism is when the government is democratic and its aim is that every citizen is insured an minimum level of subsistence. Everybody should still work. The only ones who are exempt are those who would be exempt in any society and they  get the minimum any political system confers upon them to avoid that they make a nuisance out of themselves.
I thought the "government" was democratic in a hippie commune.   Everyone should still work, why?   What for?   That was my question, still isn't answered.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 01:33 AM

Control of oficial baby names is efective in my country since almost its beggining, and socialism was not even an idea back then. People tend to confuse comunism, socialism and totalitarism frecuently, usually because of their own flawed conceptions.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:49 AM

It all comes down to people calling themselves something that they are not, and changing the definition of the word. I.E. Socialists who called themselves socialists weren't really socialists but government douchebags and people miss that part and use government douchebags for the meaning of socialist.

What does everything in nature do? It grows, that is what working is. Growing making things better. If you are not working your making things shrink, taking away, making things worse.  Problem is defining what is actually working.


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Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:53 AM

View PostYamato, on 05 January 2013 - 12:36 AM, said:

I thought the "government" was democratic in a hippie commune.   Everyone should still work, why?   What for?   That was my question, still isn't answered.

The government is everywhere there democratic where the sovereign is the people. Even if in some places We the People could not care a sh!t about being the sovereign.

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