Socialism vs Capitalism This Hub is the last of six in a series. Previous entries include: Define Socialism; Pros and Cons of Capitalism; Experiments in Socialism; and Socialism in America. All nations that have fully implemented Socialism have experienced a drastic drop in their standard of living, marked by both a lack of goods and food. Each has seen the loss of civil rights, liberty, and freedom. Socialism promises freedom and prosperity, but it delivers bondage and misery. Socialism is a deliberate organization of the labors of society to achieve social goals. A Socialist government must not allow itself to be fettered by democratic procedure. It is not so hard to plan the economic life of a family, and it is easy enough for a small community. It is well known that when small communities were in charge of their own affairs, there was no lack of people willing to help others. When government takes control over the economy, it takes control of the means that determine our ends.
George Monbiot George Joshua Richard Monbiot (born 27 January 1963) is an English writer, known for his environmental and political activism. He lives in Machynlleth, Wales, writes a weekly column for The Guardian, and is the author of a number of books, including Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain (2000) and Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding (2013). He is the founder of The Land is Ours, a peaceful campaign for the right of access to the countryside and its resources in the United Kingdom. In January 2010, Monbiot founded the ArrestBlair.org website which offers a reward to people attempting a peaceful citizen’s arrest of former British prime minister Tony Blair for alleged crimes against peace. Early life Career After graduating in Zoology, he joined the BBC Natural History Unit as a radio producer, making natural history and environmental programmes. Activism Climate change It is a campaign not for abundance but for austerity.
Educating Taxpayers Since 1937 Action for Australia Thirty-Thousand.org - Return the House of Representatives to the People (Home Page) The "tea party" movement | 24Ahead Summary (posts follow): Starting in February 2009, a very small group of people held "tea parties" across the U.S. in a supposed attempt to protest the policies of Barack Obama. I strongly oppose these "parties" for all the many reasons listed below. Note: please bear in mind that I'm not an Obama supporter, I just want others to oppose him and the far-left in a more intelligent way. Obama has been mentioned in around 500 posts here and almost all were critical of him, his policies, or his associates. See also my coverage of groups that the teapartiers should oppose such as National Council of La Raza, American Civil Liberties Union, League of United Latin American Citizens, MALDEF, and many other groups discussed here. My issues with the tea parties fall into several main areas: 1. Those are to a certain degree independent; someone can agree with me regarding one or more and disagree with me on the others. In addition to those: 9. 1. This is a real sign from a real Tea Party protest. 2.
Everything You Love You Owe to Capitalism - Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr. [Day 25 of Robert Wenzel's 30-day reading list that will lead you to become a knowledgeable libertarian, this talk was delivered at the Mises Circle in Seattle on May 17, 2008.] I'm sure that you have had this experience before, or something similar to it. You are sitting at lunch in a nice restaurant or perhaps a hotel. Waiters are coming and going. The food is fantastic. You are not the aggressive type so you don't proclaim the merits of the free market immediately. You begin to offer a corrective, pointing out the other side. On one hand there is nothing to say, really. All of history has been defined by the struggle for food. We owe this scene to capitalism. And yet, sitting on the other side of the table are well-educated people who imagine that the way to end the world's woes is through socialism. "Socialism always means overriding the free decisions of individuals and replacing that capacity for decision making with an overarching plan by the state." And yet it collapsed.
Patriot Action Network - "ONE MAN WITH COURAGE IS A MAJORITY" Thomas Jefferson Positive & Negative Liberties in Three Dimensions It is only those who do not understand our people, who believe our national life is entirely absorbed by material motives. We make no concealment of the fact that we want wealth, but there are many other things we want much more. We want peace and honor, and that charity which is so strong an element of all civilization. The chief ideal of the American people is idealism. I cannot repeat too often that America is a nation of idealists. President Calvin Coolidge, January 17, 1925 You and I are told increasingly that we have to choose between a left or a right. Liberties in Two Dimensions Ayn Rand once said that the political right and the political left both allow individual freedom in just the matters that they do not think are important. Thus, as Rand pointed out, people wish to control the things they think are important in others' affairs. "The World's Smallest Political Quiz" may be taken at their World Wide Web site and is also available on business and index sized cards.
The Tea Party Movement: Who's In Charge? - Chris Good - Politics Here is the organizational landscape of the April 15 tea party movement, in a nutshell: three national-level conservative groups, all with slightly different agendas, are guiding it. All are quick to tell you that the movement is a bottom-up affair and that its grassroots cred is real. They are: FreedomWorks, the conservative action group led by Dick Armey; dontGO, a tech savvy free-market action group that sprung out of last August's oil-drilling debate in the House of Representatives; and Americans for Prosperity, an issue advocacy/activist group based on free market principles. Conservative bloggers, talk show hosts, and other media figures have attached themselves to the movement in peripheral capacities. All three groups vehemently deny that the movement is a product of AstroTurfing--fake grassroots activism organized from the top down--as some on the left have claimed. "Activists in general have learned a lot from the last election," Brandon told me.
The Cato Institute Astroturfing Un article de Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre. L'astroturfing peut prendre de multiples formes, allant de la simple dissimulation de son appartenance à un parti ou de ses liens financiers avec une société (tout en prétendant apporter un témoignage indépendant), à des formes plus complexes utilisant des logiciels multipliant de fausses identités sur Internet. Le but de ce type de campagne est faire passer un message en le présentant comme spontané, et en masquant son caractère commandité. Les astroturfers tentent d'orchestrer des actions qui semblent provenir d'individus divers et dispersés géographiquement et utilisent des méthodes de désinformation.
What a Libertarian Is and Is Not What a Libertarian Is - and Is Notby Sam Wells A libertarian is a person - any person - who consistently advocates individual freedom and consistently opposes the initiation of the use of coercion by anyone upon the person or property of anyone else for any reason. (Coercion is here defined as any action taken by a human being against the will or without the permission of another human being with respect to his or her body or property. This includes murder, rape, kidnaping, assault, trespassing, burglary, robbery, arson and fraud.)
Bogus, Misdirected and Effective The Tea Party movement is steeped in misinformation and denial. But it has a lot to teach the left. By George Monbiot. Published in the Guardian 14th June 2010 In the Netherlands a movement based on paranoia and the fleecing of the poor looks set to join the government. Both the Freedom Party in the Netherlands and the Tea Party in the US base their political programmes on misinformation and denial. The rightwing movements thrive on their contradictions, the leftwing movements drown in them. It would be wrong to characterise the Tea Party movement as being mostly working class. The Tea Party protests began after the business journalist Rick Santelli broadcast an attack from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on the government’s plan to help impoverished people whose mortgages had fallen into arrears(3). The protests which claim to defend the interests of the working class began, in other words, with a call for a bankers’ revolt against the undeserving poor. www.monbiot.com