- 10 Sep 2017 22:52
For me Wallsy becoming a socialist was about my entire life experiences and all the processes involved in becoming a socialist in thought and more importantly in my actions on a daily basis. I am a socialist in thought and deeds. For many people it is about context and experiences. My sister grew up in the same household--she is not a socialist by any means. She is what I call a person who switches to any position that favors her own interests at a particular time in her life. I have always disliked people like that. They take political stances according to what is the flavor of the month. For me that shows lack of deep thought and lack of analysis. Many people are guilty of that in this world. Or it could be since she is a lawyer she only cares about arguing her current need or interest. I truly despise selfish people. And for me there are those in all political positions. If you are selfish you wind up giving a bad name to any political stripe you label yourself as. If you are an honest, decent, consistent, unselfish person with great humanitarian values? Your politics have much heavier weight than the ones who declare themselves this or that and are ultimately a bunch of lying, indecent, selfsh sacks of inhumane crap people.
I am a socialist because I feel the way most capitalism works in many nations is not about putting the needs of the entire group of that nation or society first....but it places a high value on some elite idiots as the most important and it neglects the rest. No matter who they are. You can declare yourself a communist, an international socialist, but if you live like a King Midas and are a selfish bastard as your people starve and live in misery, and without jobs and stability, and without a means to a decent future? You can go to hell for all I care about your declarations of political ideology! Corruption and hypocrisy are rife in many societies. Labels are just that--actions and level of consciousness and decency are the great distinction of the truly good politicians.
All I know Wallsy is that socialism emerged with the French Enlightment and so on....with a need to deal with the poverty and inequality present in many societies in Europe at the time. Capitalism's lack of stability was very much discussed and well analyzed in the heavy tome entitled "Das Kapital" by Marx and also in his partnership with Frederic Engels" texts. It is obviously true with its ups and downs. Eventually socialism will hopefully will be replaced with something more sustainable and cooperative in the future if we don't nuke ourselves out of existence first. Some people are coming up with alternatives to capitalism that is dysfunctional and socialistic programs that never solve the underlying issues of inequalities in the workplace, and lack of power parity in many corporate structures and other socioeconomic structures. There is a tremendous fear in change though. People fear change. Because of this deep fear of changing a system that no longer works, there are civil wars fought and blood is shed. I usually say if any really true and lasting change in society is imminent? It usually has a blood bath coming beforehand. Heads are going to roll first. Then change will happen. People get complacent and then the elite seize more power than what is healthy, and they wreck society for the working people and middle classes---and then a blood bath ensues (revolutions) start again. That is the pattern. People in the USA are particularly ignorant about socialism and its history in the USA. They take for granted the eight hour work day, labor protections, civil rights and many other long standing American political solutions as just 'emerging' without struggle. But they were all socialistic battles for the lowest classes. Once those protections go away you have violence and mayhem from the poor and underclass or the middle class that follows. Nothing occurs in a vacuum Wallsy. Nothing. History marches on with foolish American dumbells thinking that somehow they are exceptional in human history. Nothing that human beings engage in all nations of every cultural and economic background is exclusive to that culture only. Humans are very consistent in politics and in economics. If you want most of the working people to have very little and take all the profit for an elite? You will have violence at some point down the road. Whether you are a WASP, a South African, a German, a Russian, etc. All nationalities. Humans are humans. For me becoming a socialist is about justice. Nothing less than that. For me having one side being property owners and law influencers and having enormous power, and others not having much of anything is not just. That is why I am a socialist. For now. If someone can come up with a system that replaces socialism that is even better and lifts people out of poverty? I am all for it. For now? Most nations in my cultural group don' t have enough socialism present. That is what is holding progress back in Latin America. Not enough socialism in our societies. I don't want beggars in the street and children not being educated and no high schools in abundance for all. Fix that FIRST. I could care less what all these privileged pro-capitalist fools think in the USA...the day they cut off all socialism in the USA is the day when they will be voted out of office forever. All these Trump voters won't vote Trump when they no longer receive social security checks, or military VA pensions, or can't send their kids to public schools for free and don't even have medicare or Medicaid coverage for anyone in society anymore. That is the beginning of socialism here, and each one of those programs no one can get rid of because the political fallout will undo the person doing that here. No one talks about it---but it is an accepted political reality. People have grown to accept it as necessary to have a stable society. But the Libertarians and the Republicans and the conservatives think government programs are bad and awful and etc. I say let them see what happens to the USA if they have to have people living in the same conditions as they have to live in many societies in Latin America that have zero government socialism. See how long there is stability? I have no tolerance for their lack of historical intelligence.
If capitalism functioned with tremendous greatness this crap about food stamps and state run health care and HUD housing and etc gov't programs like unemployment payments and etc would be unnecessary. Why are they necessary? The simple truth is that capitalism doesn't work all that well. People are not stable enough under this system to make enough money to cover all the expenses involved in educating their kids, or covering their health bills, and finding affordable housing etc with just their bad salaries. The capitalists want the subsidies because they don't want to pay people a wage where someone can afford to pay it all out of their pocket. Their bottom line will be affected. They don't want to pay a lot of taxes and they don't want to pay the workers more. They want the government to tax lower bracket people with less money so that they can profit more without any social responsibilities along the way to their 'freedom' to retain all power and keep all profits. That is not just. And I hate injustice. That is why I am a socialist Wallsy.
Rio Grande de Loíza!... Alárgate en mi espíritu
y deja que mi alma se- pierda en- tus riachuelos
para buscar la fuente que te robó de niño
y en un ímpetu loco te devolvió al sendero.