What exactly is socialism in the USA? Well, it’s not a subject easily found in schools. Socialism is one of those words whose meaning is lost in confusing a word with a thing. word is a label that stands for a thing or concept. It is something that can carry a lot of baggage.
Hillbilly is one such word that carries a lot of baggage, baggage in connotations of ignorance, inbreeding, and retardation. It’s a pejorative label for a group of Scots/Irish immigrants (my people) who came to America for a variety of reasons and settled in the Appalachians.
Jew is another pejorative that refers to a group of Americans outstanding for their contributions in the arts, sciences, and intellectual diversity.
Homeless is another term for many who have suffered through recent economic reversals and losses but paints a picture of a subhumans who have failed in life and are a burden to all of us. But they are not -they are us.
Socialism is another term used for its affective value, one that causes the hackles on the necks of Americans to rise and gets us ready to fight. Fight what? What has socialism meant to the us? It depends. Americans think we have a free-market capitalist system. Americans like to think they have a chance to win the lottery of life and believe that if they do they want to keep it all.
Our Capitalism is closer to an oligarchy where true power comes, not from the people, but from monied interests can afford four lobbyists for each legislator (I don’t have any lobbyist except for the AARP and a few others and that’s just a fractional interest). The supreme court recently ruled that a corporation is a person just like me but I don’t have any shareholders or an expense account.
They think that less government will solve all their problems until the universities starve and students go abroad to be educated, until the firemen start issuing numbers for service, until parks start closing, and ambulances ask for your visa card before service. I am not too big to fail.
Like a crooked card game the odds are against the individual. A Yale education (if you can get in) might help you get a better job but a tuition will cost $160,000 plus books. A white Anglo-Saxon pedigree may help (especially if your father belongs to the right club). Tall is good, people look up to tall people. Having a penis is an advantage – it means you’re one of the boys. Having an IQ of 160+ may trump everything.
So, for the 99% of us who do not have the above advantages, lets take a short look at a YouTube film to see how American socialism affects us – even though none dare speak it’s name. – carlos