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*the few BILLIONS of people on the earth who live on less than $5 a day, not trillions---Sorry, visions of America's national debt figures must have invaded my fingers while typing.  (Aug 6, 2013 | post #66)

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Ah, the scourge of human bondage known as poverty. A problem that has vexed humanity since before recorded history. Let's dive in! First, as a minor quibble, you missed the subtext of what I was trying to say with the quote you quoted. Poverty in America and Poverty in the World are two vastly different subjects with different measures, criteria and conditions. Which is what I was trying to get at. The false-microcosm of American Poverty and wealth disparity is best addressed by taking the often trumpeted unjust dichotomy of the 1% vs the 99% here in the States and applying it to the earth's 7 billion people instead of just the mere 313 million people here. When one does this, though, then roughly 90% off all American citizens fall into the upper percentile of international wealth earners/holders; from the part-time minimum wage earner to the multi-millionaire bank executive, from the EBT card user in public housing to the drunken starlet vomiting premium vodka on the hotel bathroom floor. All of them are 1-5-10%ers when compared to Afrika, Asia, South America, etc. Few Americans have any idea just how crushing and debilitating poverty is and has been for vast swaths of their fellow humans who inhabit this planet. Even the poverty in America just a few generations removed. So much so, that one of our current biggest concerns when addressing poverty in America is figuring out ways to help poor people LOSE weight! Our cultural view of poverty is thusly warped and unreliable as it is a rare anomaly of the historic human condition. This is where the true debate on poverty lies: What is to be done with the few trillions of people on the earth who live on less than $5 a day? Should this even be a concern of the United States? If so, should we seek to raise the living standards of the developing world (they used to be called the 3rd World) or try to meet them half way? How? Why?If not, well, if not then what?  (Aug 6, 2013 | post #65)

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I've often thought about digging up Sinclair Lewis and asking him to restate his little axiom. The sound of his hollow, decomposing bones clinking and clattering in the dark wind would be as insightful as his original pseudo-profundity. Funny you should mention it. --------- Brazil? A Success? Go ask those who are currently aligning themselves with the Salad Revolt (V for Vinegar?) what they think about Brazilian healthcare. Hell, just look at their infant mortality rates and get back to me. -------------- "You erroneously think you know where revolution would take us, when history has shown us exactly where it would take us."---- I have made no such claims. We haven't even discussed this in much detail. You are very good at arguing with phantom strawmen and trying to assign words/ideas to me just so you can knock them down. That is lazy dialectics. But since you bring it up, let me share my thoughts. I think the break-up of the United States into several smaller nations is much more likely, over the course of the next 10 to 20 years, than an armed insurrection. The instability and unpredictability of our current state of affairs does not lend itself to clear forecastings of future events. What you should be doing is noting who is putting these apparatuses in place and what the broader political ends may be. Pay attention because it is easy to get distracted. All else is conjecture and semantics. I contend the Progressive Left is the greatest threat to our Rights and Civil Liberties. You seem to be suggesting a Corporate Fascism is usurping the republic. You do have a point here but these "Corporate Fascists" are not of the Nationalistic American Right coming from the "heartland " as Lewis suggested. They are of the Internationalist Left. ------------------ ---------- The Dude, I think we both agree that the existence of the United States is, at best, iffy. Perhaps we should try to find common ground and solidarity in preparation for the coming Struggle rather than arguing with ghosts. What do you say?  (Aug 6, 2013 | post #55)

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Canada population: 34 million US population: 313 million ------------ You may not be interested in the Revolution, the Dude, but the Revolution is interested in you. ------------------ ----- "It's not much different than using communism in a way that has nothing to do with communism."-- ---You've really got your panties in a knot over this, don't you? Your objections are semantics, however. I still say if someone wishes to describe the bloated and expanding Federal Government as "communist " then let them. While being hyperbolic and technically inaccurate, most understand what is being said and the connotations. In other words, I don't give a damn what someone wants to call this growing tyranny in America as long as they call it something and they recognize and realize something is changing and skepticism and doubt are very much in order and should be encouraged. I am amazed that all your criticism seems to be directed at the political right. As if they have any real power. Do you not see the right is being systematically dismantled and discredited by the Left and their media sycophants? And what is this propaganda you keep insinuating is nefariously influencing me?  (Aug 6, 2013 | post #48)

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"I would never advocate for armed insurrection. I do think that's the direction we're headed in, though.... I think that it is people like you that are going to usher it in." Now this is a truly revealing remark. Would you care to elaborate just how "people like [me]" will usher in a armed insurrection? You seem to be suffering from Red State Scare. ---------- I gave you a chance to take back the white supremacist/kkk slander and instead you choose to double-down on the belief that the word "homogeneous " when used in relation to culture and ethnicity and the implementation of national single-payer healthcare was somehow insidious and bigoted. I am detecting a bit of paranoia on your part. Let me put it in terms you can understand. The United States' diverse 300 million plus population spread across a trans-continental land mass of 3.8 million square miles makes single-payer a difficult if not impossible proposition. Small Scandinavian countries and former colonial city/states with concentrated populations can usually pull this off, as long as they don't mind the high taxation required, but larger nations (there are no large nations with single-payer) are too encumbered by the spread-out population centers and majority rural inhabitants to have any kind of health service that we would consider First World caliber. The Soviet Union tried single-payer under similar circumstances and the results were horrid. Ethnicity factors in because when you have a large group of people mostly made up of one race or ethnicity living in a concentrated area ailments suffered by that population tend to be similar because the population has genetics and living conditions in common. So before you go around throwing invectives you should at least know what you're talking about and understand what is being said before you make such accusations. The only thing more vulgar than racism is the blind-accusation of racism based on no or little evidence. You once again seem to be displaying the symptoms of Red Neck Scare. And that is pretty damn ironic if you ask me.  (Aug 5, 2013 | post #46)

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"We are actually moving towards fascism." HA! Now we have to go through the same charade over the definition of fascism because now you are using it incorrectly. ----------- Why don't we just split the difference and agree on the term "statism "? It is universal and doesn't carry left/right political connotations with it. Plus it only mildly upsets the flocks of lay people you think you are valiantly protecting from some new resurgence of The Red Scare that might cause their amygdalas to go haywire. ------------------ ------------------ ----- To cut through your BS, strawmen and veiled guilt-by-associati on attempts (seriously, the Klan? Are you even reading what I am writing or are these rehearsed responses?); I get the impression that you think communism has much to offer. Am I off in this suspicion? (Should I avoid the word "suspicion " as it might cause fear too?) No. Let me rephrase that. Judging from your cited "proof", I think you think a revolution is in order. Right? Do you think that the ".4%" of people (Americans I presume) who have increased their dollar holdings in the past 33 years (gee, I wonder why you picked that number) need to be, um, well, dealt with in a more "equitable " (Robespierreian?) manner? What is to be done, Chernyshevsky?  (Aug 4, 2013 | post #42)

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continued.... 5. "Every single nation above the US in the Heritage foundationís economic freedom index has single payer or universal , has strong labor protections, civil liberty protections, strong compulsory education, and environmental laws."---They also have extremely smaller more culturally and ethically homogeneous populations and do not produce nearly as much food as we do. Apples and oranges. Single/universal in the US would be a logistical nightmare and would require federal dictatorial powers. Be careful what you wish for. 6. "It is that, or it is a revolution, and that could lead us to something as extreme as an attempt at communism (which will ultimately fail like the USSR, and China), follow history."---Y ou seem to be agreeing with me here. Don't you understand that IS what is happening! The Left wants a revolution. Preferably a bloodless one in which they can seize power after a collapse of the free market and the currency. Then all this incremental slow-creep crap and elections can be jettisoned and they can just start ruling like the Vanguard of Experts they consider themselves to be. If you think it is wrong to use words that you think might scare people, and if that is the leg you are standing on, then consider it swept out from underneath of you. There is much to be worried about and to, yes, even fear. I still think you and I are very much in agreement in many aspects.  (Jul 31, 2013 | post #36)

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Now, you're talking, The Dude! First, you put a whole lotta words in my mouth that I didn't say. 1. "Communism, in itself, is its own theory. It does not evolve into something else, something else evolved out of it, such as Stalinism, or the cult of Mao. You can call it whatever you want, but you cannot honestly call it communism."-- --Why so rigid? Ideas do evolve. Just as the perceptions of those ideas evolve. Communism is not shackled to 1848 it terms of its meaning just as the Constitution is not shackled, so some argue, to 1787. The communism of Soviet Russia and the communism of Vietnam were different. Cultural considerations are the best explanation for this. 2. "What you're trying to advocate for is a return to the gilded age, where workers had no rights."---Th e classic refrain of the apologist, word for word. Best answered by saying, "no, I am not." 3. "The worst secret in the world is that the Communist Republic of China is not, in fact, communist." Well, true. Slave-labor directed by the State in competition on the international market with rather nebulous goals in terms of geopolitics is not a text book definition of communism. But if you called it the Great Leap Forward, Part Deux it fits the Chinese pattern of their variant of communism. 4. "Have you not been paying attention between to the systematic growth in disparity between not only wealthy and poor, but the wage disparity between even the bourgeois and the elite."---Sur e have. Have you not noticed how comfortable poverty is in America in comparison to, say, India? You are not thinking like an Internationalist which, if you want to understand communism, is very beneficial. We are the only country in the history of Dialectic Materialism that has obese poor people with running water, housing, cellphones and TV's. This is a major anomaly. ------------  (Jul 31, 2013 | post #35)

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One would be remiss not to mention how Communism evolved during the 20th Century as well, not just internationally but also in America. When many use the term "communism " in the context of modern American politics they are referring to a loosely defined, sometimes vaguely understood, variant of the philosophy's many strands. I can only speak for myself, but when I use it I'm alluding to the Zinnian view of American history which sees America as an oppressive and exploitative nation, the Soviet-era apologists, the Alger Hiss crusaders, aged 60's radical revolutionaries, extreme Enviromentalism and the anti-industrialist s, etc. Also, to be more current, the the multitude of Marxist-infused visions of the Radical Left in relation to Social Justice, Economic Justice, Equality, etc, and how quickly these thoughts are going mainstream especially with young people who don't really understand the broader implications of the ideologies they are embracing. The New American Communism is best understood as an incrementalistic social-democratic nudging towards not only a more classless and equitable America but also world. Since our country has a history of mistrust when it comes to socialism (which is best defined as an interval on the path to broader communism as you defined it) and communism proper, disguise and subversion is it's preferred motus operandi. However, it is more complicated than that. America just can't nationalize every industry over night. It can't just institute single-payer health services. It can't just seize properties and redistribute them to someone else. There would be too much push back. It can't do any of that yet, but we are moving in that direction. This is a long term, trans-generational objective that has been around for several decades with multiple impetuses that has found a cozy niche on the Left under the banner of Progressivism and, when one feels the need to be provocative, can be called Communism with a great many people knowing what is meant. Oh, and it needs to be vigorously fought.  (Jul 30, 2013 | post #28)

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This seems to be a real source of indignation for you. Would you mind sharing what you think communism is?  (Jul 30, 2013 | post #23)

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Where's Norm?

I think he got reassigned to monitoring the unused comment section.  (Jul 29, 2013 | post #2)

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Cville Human Rights Commission Accepting Applications

I was debating submitting a protest application under the name of Heinrich Himmler but decided not to knowing how humorless these folks are. They'd probably prosecute me for submitting false information on an official employment application.  (Jul 27, 2013 | post #2)

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In other words, Seig Heil! Seig Heil! Seig Heil! Diskussionen uber Rennen sind vorbei.  (Jul 26, 2013 | post #6)

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You are familiar with the concept of Corporatocracy, I presume? If not, look into it and know it's definition slices multiple ways. The National Broadcasting Company (and its affiliates) are not mere "private businesses." You have been awake and cognizant for at least part of the last 60 years, right? I suggest you go to the site and see how dead the comments section is. Go there and look. Nothing happening. No exchange of ideas. No "dialogue ", no debate, nothing. No juice, no flow, no craziness, no play. Kinda like Hillary Clinton's lady parts if you require a vulgar analogy in order to understand. This used to be, in another time and place, called "cooling ". I'd also suggest you read what triggered this shift: Here is the story http://www.nbc29.c om/story/22905759/ c-ville-weekly-get s-heat-for-publish ed-rant And here is the link to the comment section http://www.topix.c om/forum/city/char lottesville-va/TQL A8PT8TCUJIQHEI Take your time. Read through it all. Drop you prejudices and think logically.  (Jul 26, 2013 | post #4)

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You're not going to see any "reasoned debate" in the new format, G Luv. Its going to look like the barren commentless wasteland that is Newsplexes comment section. If you think that is a "conspiracy theory" or a misunderstanding of the proper definition of "censorship " then whatever.  (Jul 26, 2013 | post #30)