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    @Nygaard

    Sure, I know about McCarthyism and the Red Scare and so on, but what, exactly, does the average US citizen have against socialism?

    It's not socialism per se, it's an idea backed up by the term 'socialist', a nice scary word. The police and fire dept, the US Mail, all are social services. People don't believe them to be 'socialist' because the politician isn't suggesting it to them. At least not yet.
    • CommentAuthormlpeters
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2008 edited
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    @Nygaard
    Any attempts at socialism are attacked on three fronts - -from the hard-line anti-communist types, who secretly miss the cold war... from libertarian minded folks who see it as an attack on autonomy and from the rich who know they can't maintain that "neo-laissez-faire feudalism" (great term by the way - -I may have to steal it) that has made them top of the heap. There's also a weird strain among some Americans that they only want to help them whom they feel deserve helping... but actually needing help instantly means they don't deserve it.

    Edited to add rickiep00h hit the nail on the head -- greed and a lack of empathy - -weird thing is even if a person only has a little money, they're easily convinced any "redistribution of wealth" will mean money taken from them, even if they would most likely be on the receiving end... This lack of empathy isn't only a trait of the rich, but many who aspire to be rich.
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      CommentAuthorLokiZero
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2008
     (4005.323)
    I'm currently waiting for the backlash on my family's Facebook thread for outing myself as a pro choice atheist. The shit my wife's grandfather gets away with saying, but when I speak my mind we get disowned, it's disgusting.

    That's my way of saying I can't wait for this election to be over... and my wife's family are a bunch of crazy Catholics.
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      CommentAuthorNygaard
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2008
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    There's a strand I can pick at I guess. An inverted solidarity of the American dream? Where it's better to have maybe ten birds on the roof than one in your hand today. Maybe the secret hope deep down that you could be rich one day makes one protective of one's potential future fortune.
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    Aaaaaand closed.

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