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The fear of "socialists?"

Posted by on May. 1, 2012 at 12:34 PM
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Where does this fear of "socialists" come from?  Obama is not A socialist, period.  Bernie Sanders IS a socialist Senator and no one seems to be afraid of him. I am asking sincerely.  Is it a holdover from the Cold War days or something else?

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thecoffeefairy
by Member on May. 1, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I don't think people understand socialism. They only see the ugliness that has happened in its guise. It is sad.
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numbr1wmn
by Nikki on May. 1, 2012 at 12:44 PM
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joey125
by Silver Member on May. 1, 2012 at 1:04 PM
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Its just a fear tactic , when social security first came out, some called it socialism. when the GI bill was introduced , giving veterans access to college education, some called that socialism,   Its fear mongering plain and simple.

_Kissy_
by on May. 1, 2012 at 1:26 PM
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its coming from the same people that are scared of bumps in the night, their shadow and own reflection.

Obama is soooooooooooooo far from being a socialist and more of a capitalist..people just run with what they are told instead of seeing with their own eyes..shrug

LIMom1105
by on May. 1, 2012 at 1:53 PM
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It's a buzzword that makes many people afraid. 

How it's the worst thing that could happen to this country for that matter, I don't know. We're in a huge mess now not due to sociailsm.

new_mom808
by Bronze Member on May. 1, 2012 at 2:42 PM
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 I dont fear socialists. I fear that socialist ideals are taking over my country.
LOL, I wasnt really alive during the cold war so much, so no, that's not it. ;)

I am a capitalist. I believe that nothing motivates a person, like personal reward. Socialism goes agains basic human nature, which is to be selfish, and look after one's own immediate survival. Not admirable, and we should strive to overcome this nature, but it is our nature. It will not be overcome by mandates, or force.

UpSheRises
by on May. 1, 2012 at 2:53 PM
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Quoting new_mom808:

 I dont fear socialists. I fear that socialist ideals are taking over my country.
LOL, I wasnt really alive during the cold war so much, so no, that's not it. ;)

I am a capitalist. I believe that nothing motivates a person, like personal reward. Socialism goes agains basic human nature, which is to be selfish, and look after one's own immediate survival. Not admirable, and we should strive to overcome this nature, but it is our nature. It will not be overcome by mandates, or force.

I'd rather have a country full of people motivated by intrinsic values than by money. Human beings aren't selfish by nature...we're a communal species. The more detached we become from each other and the natural world the more selfish we become. Selfishness is something money promotes and is far from a prescription for a healthy human being and healthy community. 

matreshka
by Gold Member on May. 1, 2012 at 3:01 PM
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I totally agree, as we have become more distant from a sense of local community we as a nation have become more individually selfish.  Our species by nature, is a communal species that has only been able to thrive with mutual aid.

Quoting UpSheRises:


Quoting new_mom808:

 I dont fear socialists. I fear that socialist ideals are taking over my country.
LOL, I wasnt really alive during the cold war so much, so no, that's not it. ;)

I am a capitalist. I believe that nothing motivates a person, like personal reward. Socialism goes agains basic human nature, which is to be selfish, and look after one's own immediate survival. Not admirable, and we should strive to overcome this nature, but it is our nature. It will not be overcome by mandates, or force.

I'd rather have a country full of people motivated by intrinsic values than by money. Human beings aren't selfish by nature...we're a communal species. The more detached we become from each other and the natural world the more selfish we become. Selfishness is something money promotes and is far from a prescription for a healthy human being and healthy community. 


new_mom808
by Bronze Member on May. 1, 2012 at 3:23 PM

 

Quoting UpSheRises:

 

Quoting new_mom808:

 I dont fear socialists. I fear that socialist ideals are taking over my country.
LOL, I wasnt really alive during the cold war so much, so no, that's not it. ;)

I am a capitalist. I believe that nothing motivates a person, like personal reward. Socialism goes agains basic human nature, which is to be selfish, and look after one's own immediate survival. Not admirable, and we should strive to overcome this nature, but it is our nature. It will not be overcome by mandates, or force.

I'd rather have a country full of people motivated by intrinsic values than by money. Human beings aren't selfish by nature...we're a communal species. The more detached we become from each other and the natural world the more selfish we become. Selfishness is something money promotes and is far from a prescription for a healthy human being and healthy community. 

Our intrinsic value system is that of self survival. I believe that we are communal only to the point that it serves our needs. We simply will not strive for a goal from which we do not benifit, as individuals.

new_mom808
by Bronze Member on May. 1, 2012 at 3:26 PM

 That is my point. We are communal to the degree that we need to be in order to survive. It's not some altruistic selfless desire to see our fellow man suceed.

Quoting matreshka:

I totally agree, as we have become more distant from a sense of local community we as a nation have become more individually selfish.  Our species by nature, is a communal species that has only been able to thrive with mutual aid.

Quoting UpSheRises:

 

Quoting new_mom808:

 I dont fear socialists. I fear that socialist ideals are taking over my country.
LOL, I wasnt really alive during the cold war so much, so no, that's not it. ;)

I am a capitalist. I believe that nothing motivates a person, like personal reward. Socialism goes agains basic human nature, which is to be selfish, and look after one's own immediate survival. Not admirable, and we should strive to overcome this nature, but it is our nature. It will not be overcome by mandates, or force.

I'd rather have a country full of people motivated by intrinsic values than by money. Human beings aren't selfish by nature...we're a communal species. The more detached we become from each other and the natural world the more selfish we become. Selfishness is something money promotes and is far from a prescription for a healthy human being and healthy community. 


 

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