Question by ha l: Why do conservatives ignorantly and hypocritically throw around “scary” political labels like Socialism?
First of all, conservatives demonize the word by conflating socialist economic policy with a totalitarian government system. SOCIALISM DOES NOT HURT DEMOCRACY! Most of the developed world employs a socialist economic system while still maintaining a democratic form of government. And by the way, while the term socialism generally refers to some kind of just allocation of resources, there is no single concrete definition. that the soviets employed some form of socialism does not mean socialist policies=Soviet Government.
There is no such thing as a pure free market or socialist society, and that includes the united states. Our economic policy is on a sliding scale, depending on the current needs of the country. For example, the New Deal (which saved us from the Great Depression) was more socialist while the 1999 Repeal of the Glass Steagall Act (which was one of the big factors for the out of control Wallstreeet and last year’s crash) during the Bill Clinton era was more free market. Now granted, there are some markets that are closer to one end than the other.
And if you want to play the scary label exaggeration game, all of this “small government no taxes” business that the right seems so in favor of sounds oddly reminiscent to something we like to call ANARCHY. Also, the uber nationalistic, xenophic, privacy invading, super military is pretty similar to FASCISM. And by the way, to equate economic socialist policy to Nazi Germany is WRONG! Nazi Germany was more totalitarian/fascist, although it did take from both left and right aspects. Just sayin’
But seriously, as shakespeare said, “what’s in a name?” We need to stop adhering to labels for the sake of labels and do what is best for this country.
Note: to be clear, I will say that I think socialist economic policy AT THIS TIME is appropriate. If you disagree from an economic stance, fine. But the scare tactics based on ignorance (socialist economic policy=nazi germany dictatorship etc) is whats driving me crazy. And I equated reduced governemnt/no taxes to anarchy as a for of hyperbole to show what cons are doing.
Answer by Reality has a Liberal Bias
Because facts aren’t on their side.
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