We have managed to demonize the word socialism, claiming that it is the worst possible form of governing known to mankind. Many Americans use the term to identify their anger and frustration at other citizens, who are seemingly taking advantage of certain government social programs.
No conscientious citizen supports situations in which it is more beneficial for anyone, or any corporation, to receive government assistance in lieu of gainful unencumbered employment.
Oftentimes the ugly head of corporate welfare goes unnoticed. When a large corporation hires people at meager wages that force those people to seek government assistance, this, too, is a form of socialism.
Different forms of socialism have already been used and are still being used in this country. Any government-run program like Social Security, Medicare, public education, and municipal fire departments are examples of government-controlled, socialistic, programs.
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The Republican efforts to privatize government programs like the prison and educational systems are misguided and will lead to further divide our population into the haves and have nots.
To think that government should not play a role in creating an environment of fair play and equality of opportunity for all is naive at best and undemocratic at worst. To quote the most powerful spiritual leader in the world, Pope Francis, he said "unbridled pursuit of money is the dung of the devil."
The opposite alternative, total government control, is equally undesirable. Many nations have been able to take the good elements from both ends of the political pendulum and create societies which are much more democratic than ours.
It is time that we studied those experiences and molded our own unique brand. The age of unfettered capitalism has created more economic inequality than has ever existed in our country. It is unsustainable.