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Re: Theos-World Brian's latest posting

Nov 30, 2002 09:26 PM
by leonmaurer

Steve, Where did I make the statement about Socialism that you clipped out of 
context -- (probably from a long questioning sentence I may have written to 
someone else)? Also, what does it have to do with Brian's latest posting? 
Besides all that being very misleading, I think your definition of socialism 
is also way off the mark. And, if I did mention it, it had an entirely 
different connotation. So, let's define it as follows: (to prevent any more 
misunderstandings when you pontificate on what you seem to know about 

"Socialism n 1. A social system in which the means of producing and 
distributing goods are owned collectively and political power is exercised by 
the whole community." (American Heritage Dictionary)

Under that definition, is it any wonder that the wealthy capitalists who 
control our Western governments hate it like poison? While I do not 
subscribe to political "Socialism" -- when I was in business, all my 
corporations were employee owned and operated, even though we did business in 
a Capitalist, and supposedly, democratic, system, where the political power 
should be exercised by the "whole community." If that's your idea of 
"feudalism writ large," I'll eat my hat. (Although, the way things are going 
these days, I'll admit that the US, with its political oligarchy and their 
corporate cronies promoting "Globalization" and a "New World Order" is 
beginning to look like the beginnings of Feudalism -- with a new twist. 
Maybe we should reread Orwell's, 1984, and get prepared.:-) 


In a message dated 11/29/02 9:15:18 AM, writes:

>--- In theos-talk@y..., leonmaurer@a... wrote:
>> the US is a 'masked' Socialist country
>Don't think so. Socialism is just feudalism writ large, in which 
>everyone in the society who was formerly a peasant becomes 
>reclassified as an aristocrat, and v.v. It was originally a reaction 
>of the remnants of feudalism to the industrial revolution, and is 
>popular in countries with a long feudal tradition. It is the lack of 
>a feudal tradition in the US which is responsible for the failure of 
>socialism to find much sympathy there.

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