Monday, March 14, 2011

WORDS OF WISDOM

          "Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have."

---Ronald Reagan

Sunday, March 13, 2011

ISO-THE CASE FOR SOCIALISM--In Their Own Words

From: The INTERNATIONAL SOCIALIST ORGANIZATION
--The Case for Socialism
by Alan Maass, editor, Socialist Worker

"Human need, not corporate greed
Socialism is based on the idea that we should use the vast resources of society to meet [people's] needs.
It seems so obvious--if people are hungry, they should be fed; if people are homeless, we should build homes for them; if people are sick, the best medical care should be available to them. A socialist society would take the immense wealth of the rich and use it to meet the basic needs of all society. The money wasted on weapons could be used to end poverty," It would certainly end our sovereignty, as a foreign military comes through the country, unopposed, raping and pillaging along the way. "homelessness, and all other forms of scarcity.
There's no blueprint for what a socialist society will look like." That's because this type of society has never worked.
"That will be determined by the generations to come who are living in one. But it seems obvious that such a society would guarantee every person enough to eat and a sturdy roof over their heads.   The education system would be made free--and reorganized so that every child's ability is encouraged. Health care would be made free and accessible to all, as would all utilities like gas and electricity. Public transportation would also be made free--and more practical and efficient.
All of these basic needs would become top priorities.
A socialist society would not only take away the existing wealth of the ruling class, but also its economic control over the world. The means of production--the factories, offices, mines, and so on--would be owned by all of society. Under the current system, important economic decisions are left to the chaos of the free market and to the blind competition of capitalists scrambling for profits. Under socialism, the majority of people would plan democratically what to do and how to do it....

.....The heart of socialism is equality. Karl Marx and Frederick Engels summed it up with a simple slogan: "From each according to their ability, to each according to their need."

This basic concept infuriates the bosses and their ideologues. They reject the idea of a society without power and privilege for a small group. They complain that under socialism, everyone would be paid the same amount. This is true. Roughly speaking, people would receive the same thing--there's no reason for it to work any other way.

"Aha!" comes the response. "You'd pay a brain surgeon the same as you'd pay a truck driver! Then no one would put in the work to become a brain surgeon."

Such a statement is telling about the priorities of capitalist society--that the only reason people would try to heal the sick is for money. Without financial incentive, the logic goes, no one will pursue work that requires a lot of education, training, and skill.

What a travesty! Socialism would be about giving people the opportunity to do what they really want. It would encourage them to become doctors, scientists, artists, or anything else they might desire--unlike now, where [people's] access to education is limited by their access to cash.

Capitalism actually stifles [people's] creativity. Only a minority of people are asked to put their minds to the running of society--and most of them do it for the purpose of making themselves richer, not for achieving any common good......"

This is just an excerpt of Maass's composition. Sometimes it's necessary to show people examples of such radicalism. It can be hard to believe the true nature of things and people so bizarre and twisted.  This is why Marxism has never been a success, and has led to the staggering number of almost 150 million non-war deaths of citizens killed or starved to death by their own Communist governments. Marxism is one of, and perhaps the the number one greatest evil of mankind.