Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Sons of Liberty Riders

The Socialist Question

I have a question for my political opposites that have found their way to my blog. This is an honest question, one that I hope will be honestly answered.

For some reason using the term "socialist" really upsets a lot of people, and I don't understand why. I have no qualms with being called a capitalist because that's what I am, that's the kind of economic system in which I believe. I think a capitalistic society creates the most peace and prosperity for the most amount of people, above and beyond any other type of system. I believe that it goes with the grain of human nature and allows anyone, with enough hard work, to be prosperous and successful.

So why the angry reactions and defenses against being called a socialist? I realize there is also something called "social democracy" and "social interventionism" and I know some of my progressive friends insist that they are social democrats rather than socialists, but both of these systems are derived from pure socialism.

I would really love to get some feedback on this question, hopefully in a way that can be discussed rather than ranting and raving. Please help me understand where you are coming from.

Update: One more question - if you are a supporter of a more robust federal government and federally funded entitlement programs, why do you care if I want to help the needy by giving money and time directly to a local community/charitable organization? I don't understand the anger that exists towards people like me who would rather give directly to the needy instead of handing over money to an inefficient, wasteful, slow, frequently corrupt bureaucracy. Again, help me to understand where you are coming from.