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Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 01:36 am
Capitalism: doesn't it make you (mentally) sick?

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qscrisp
qscrisp
Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 11:42 am (UTC)
Socialism is a four-letter word

I found this peculiarly American (castigate me with great severity if I'm wrong). It's a rant that uses global inequality of wealth to 'argue' against socialism. I quote:

"Though we are the daily recipients of these and other amazing miracles, what do we do? We complain. We could be suffused in awe and appreciation for all these wonders, but noooOOOOoooo. None of this abundance is good enough. We want more, we want better, we want newer. We want the government to give us stuff for free, stuff like health care and housing, food and employment. These are things that earlier generations knew were our own personal responsibility to provide for ourselves.

"Instead we prefer to whine and gripe and moan our way to socialism because we've become a nation of professional victims."

Really, really peculiar.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 11:54 am (UTC)
Re: Socialism is a four-letter word

Not sure how you landed on that page, but the ads say it all: a book asking "Should Christians be armed?", a magazine with a lead story on "Secrets of the left" with a graphic showing a snake wriggling across the American constitution, and a banner ad showing smiling soldiers with machine guns under the Israeli flag.


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 12:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Socialism is a four-letter word

Their front page is filled with crazy.

"Has Pepsi gone 'gay'?"

"U.S. to break up by 2010?"

"Jihad inside U.S. cannot be ruled out
Intel report cites surprising absence of attacks during 2008"

"Mystery: Did UFO wreck wind turbine?"

"Czech cardinal: Europe headed for Muslim future"


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qscrisp
qscrisp
Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Socialism is a four-letter word

Last time I tasted Pepsi, it certainly seemed to be on the turn, and had a somewhat bi-curious flavour to it, so this headline doesn't surprise me.


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qscrisp
qscrisp
Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Socialism is a four-letter word

Just read the Pepsi article. Interesting use of the word 'alleged':

PepsiCo's DeCecco told WND he would "look into" the issue of the company's alleged refusal to support organizations that oppose homosexuality. However, he never responded to requests for comment.


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qscrisp
qscrisp
Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 12:35 pm (UTC)
The Ultimate Biblical Exploration of Self-Defense

I'd like to say that I peruse World Net Daily every morning over my grapefruit, but I'm afraid the truth is I was directed there by someone well-meaning.

a book asking "Should Christians be armed?", a magazine with a lead story on "Secrets of the left" with a graphic showing a snake wriggling across the American constitution, and a banner ad showing smiling soldiers with machine guns under the Israeli flag.

Of course, in such a context, the article is less peculiar by comparison, but presumably, all this (the website and the people and lifestyles from which it has sprouted) actually exists and is not merely a shared hallucination. People live in such a mental world. And it is quite mental.


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pay_option07
pay_option07
Sat, Jan. 10th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
Re: Socialism is a four-letter word

It seems the fear that socialism is just that. Your future depends on your social circle (neanderthals suck) where the opposite depends on urbanization, industrialization and modernization to motivate the consumer (Van Den Berghe,1981)..


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)
Re: Socialism is a four-letter word

"My Russian sister-in-law nearly wept the first time she set foot inside an American grocery store."

Bitter tears of disgust, I hope!


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qscrisp
qscrisp
Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Socialism is a four-letter word

She may have just been moved to see that you can purchase sticks of celery and peanut-butter dips together in the same packaging to save you the trouble of buying them separately.


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