Socialism, Scourge of the American Way

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

What Socialism means in the USA…

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About carlos

I'm a curious person, of reasonable intellect, "on the beach" (retired) and enjoying my interest in anthropology, language, civil rights, and a few other areas. I've been a hippie/student/aerospace tech writer in the '60s, a witness to the Portuguese revolution in the ‘70s, a defense test engineer and witness to the Guatemalan genocide in the '80s, and a network engineer for an ISP in the '90s. Now I’m a student and commentator until my time is up. I've spent time under the spell of the Mesoamerican pyramids and the sweet sound of the Portuguese language. I've lived in Europe, traveled in Brazil, Central America, Iceland, New Zealand, and other places. My preferred mode of travel is with a backpack and I eat (almost) anything local. Somehow, many of the countries I have been to have had civil unrest (for which I was not responsible). I'm open to correspond with anyone who might share my liberal, humanist interests. I live in San Buenaventura, California.
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3 Responses to Socialism, Scourge of the American Way

  1. Susan Sayler says:

    Hi Carlos,
    I think the physical part of our existence is completely run by biochemistry and genetics, and like most animals, has a reciprocal relationship with nature. I think that human life evolved vertically out of that. Human life is dominated by ego; the left brain narrator — as Gazzaniga describes and the meme generator that has managed to dominate the outer world and mechanical physics to what we are seeing as a dangerous degree today. I think humans are still evolving and I think there is an incredible vertical rise in consciousness that is truly exhibited by Holy men of every culture and time. The replicator for that higher level of existence is the archetype. The idea is very similar to morphogenetic fields: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morphogenetic_field
    You can’t create a holy man with a god helmet.

  2. Susan Sayler says:

    Hi Carlos,
    On the other hand, look at what has happened to the word “pimp” due to modern hip hop and rap lyrics. The word has been glorified and a whole new generation of young people think it is cool to traffic in humans because of it. One high school was in the news because they decided to have a “pimp and ho” dance where guys came dressed as pimps and women came dressed as hoes. The high school principle, so numb to hearing it, didn’t even react until the whole community got up in arms about it. We get so used to hearing it in songs and YouTube that we begin to imagine it is cool when the reality is not cool at all. Sorry for the long winded reply. I think you could really expand this topic.
    Susan
    By the way, here is my blog on Sleeping Beauty Slavery: PIMPS http://sleepingbeautyslavery.wordpress.com/category/_sleeping-beauty-slavery-all-posts/human-trafficking-_sleeping-beauty-slavery-all-posts/pimp/

    • carlos says:

      I love reading your blog. Wide ranging, in-depth treatment of many subjects.
      I differ in what I get from your recent book on love in that I take a more anthropological and mechanistic view of love. I believe the phenomenon of “love” to be more driven by chemistry than spirituality. We do what we do because of the electro-chemical influences of oxytocin, serotonin, dopamine, etc. Probing the brain with surgical tools can elicit many of the same emotions and actions experienced through other activities. I did find an interesting link, http://www.biopsychiatry.com/ that further illustrates the mechanistic nature of experience.
      The pimp thing is an unfortunate phenomenon that impinges on a human desire to experience control and degradation otherwise known as BDSM. I’m personally not sympathetic to this whole area but on the other hand I see that some people may derive pleasure from having hooks placed in their backs and hung from the ceiling. I’m reminded of ancient ascetics who stayed in the desert until the hallucinations came and martyrs who volunteered to be burned and tortured as proof of their faith. What a wonderful creation we are! – carlos

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