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vox_populi

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  • April 16, 2014 at 6:19pm

    “With all of my free time, I will probably get bored and will look for excitement.”

    You could always do work you find personally fulfilling or meaningful. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone really was free?

  • April 16, 2014 at 6:17pm

    The funny thing is the negative-income tax was Milton Friedman’s idea.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtpgkX588nM

  • February 21, 2014 at 11:58am

    It’s a hypercapitalist paradise ruled by an oligarchy of the obscenely wealthy who year-after-year throw all of their support behind a right-wing strongman who’s turned the country into a one-party state.

    And here I was told that capitalism and democracy were synonymous.

  • January 28, 2014 at 2:27am

    I take it you don’t understand the concept of recessive genes.

  • June 29, 2013 at 4:54pm

    I like that The Blaze is now just actively relaying stories from the Socialism 2013 conference. Even Glenn Beck is a comrade now.

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  • April 19, 2013 at 7:29pm

    “The first Governor wrote about this is his book where he describes the details of their contract.”

    Yeah. Their contract. As a company.

    [[
    Historians say that the settlers in Plymouth, and their supporters in England, did indeed agree to hold their property in common — William Bradford, the governor, referred to it in his writings as the “common course.” But the plan was in the interest of realizing a profit sooner, and was only intended for the short term; historians say the Pilgrims were more like shareholders in an early corporation than subjects of socialism.

    “It was directed ultimately to private profit,” said Richard Pickering, a historian of early America and the deputy director of Plimoth Plantation, a museum devoted to keeping the Pilgrims’ story alive.

    As for Jamestown, there was famine. But historians dispute the characterization of the colony as a collectivist society. “To call it socialism is wildly inaccurate,” said Karen Ordahl Kupperman, a historian at New York University and the author of “The Jamestown Project.” “It was a contracted company, and everybody worked for the company. I mean, is Halliburton a socialist scheme?”
    ]]

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/21/weekinreview/21zernike.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    “Sounds like you would rather revise history than learn from it.”

    Sounds like you’ve been treating too many right-wing political pundits as historians.

  • April 19, 2013 at 6:01pm

    “People are not equal. They never have been. They never will be. Thankfully.”

    Ever notice how the people who are okay with inequality are always on top? Funny, that.

    “A classless society is a Myth and will forever remain so. It is, in fact, a nightmare to even imagine such a thing.”

    “And they will try to use their guns to make [equality] come true.”

    And you’ll use yours to defend your privilege. Thus, class struggle.

    “Government *is* Violence.”

    Collective negotiation on matters effecting all parties is vital to ensuring no one is being oppressed by the decision-making of others. Democracy is not violence; private property is. If I’m starving but I can’t eat because you own all the farmland to produce it and you prevent me from utilizing that land to feed myself, you are complicit in my starvation. Furthermore, if you own all this land and can do whatever you want with it because it’s “yours”, what functional difference is there between you and a king?

    Or what if – instead – the people who lived on and worked the land decided, together, what should be done with it? We’d probably have a lot of well fed farmers. And socialism.

    Think even harder.

  • April 19, 2013 at 4:41pm

    And who will be doing the hunting, exactly?

  • April 19, 2013 at 4:40pm

    “Our federal income taxes are now far higher than former Soviet Republics.”

    The “former Soviet Republics” are hyper-privatized, with flat taxes and virtually no commercial regulation. They’re the most laissez-faire capitalist economies in the world.

    They’re also almost all oligarchies controlled by the mind-bogglingly wealthy business classes who’ve thrown all their support behind autocratic strongmen (see: Russia).

    Whodathunkit.

  • April 19, 2013 at 4:27pm

    “If you want to truly change the world then why don’t you get out and help a neighbor or spend your time feeding the poor.”

    Maybe he does?

    “The first Europeans that settled here tried a form a socialism and failed miserably. It lead to starvation and in fighting.”

    You mean the pilgrims and that revisionist story conservatives try to tell every Thanksgiving? You know it’s completely fabricated, right? Because they didn’t try and set up a socialist utopia – just the opposite. The settlers were considered employees of the Plymouth Company. The Company owned all the land, the settlers were originally just workers upon it, and the settlers’ personal welfare was considered less important than the ability of the Company to profit. The pilgrims ended up having to rely on the communal-property-owning Natives to feed them.

    Hilarious!

  • April 19, 2013 at 4:27pm

    “If you want to truly change the world then why don’t you get out and help a neighbor or spend your time feeding the poor.”

    Maybe he does?

    “The first Europeans that settled here tried a form a socialism and failed miserably. It lead to starvation and in fighting.”

    You mean the pilgrims and that revisionist story conservatives try to tell every Thanksgiving? You know it’s completely fabricated, right? Because they didn’t try and set up a socialist utopia – just the opposite. The settlers were considered employees of the Plymouth Company. The Company owned all the land, the settlers were originally just workers upon it, and the settlers’ personal welfare was considered less important than the ability of the Company to profit. The pilgrims ended up having to rely on the communal-property-owning Natives to feed them.

    Hilarious!

  • April 19, 2013 at 4:21pm

    “Obama wrote a book. In it he described his Marxist beliefs. He describes how America needs to to be taken down.”

    Oh really? Fascinating, fascinating… care to name the book and/or quote the passages that describe that Obama is a firm believer in Marxism and America must be “taken down”?

  • April 17, 2013 at 10:29pm

    Carlos Arredondo of Occupy Boston? Way to go, comrade.

  • April 17, 2013 at 12:56am

    A comrade from Occupy Boston, no less. Brave man.

  • April 6, 2013 at 6:01pm

    Well, there is if you’re specifically referring to a member of the Communist Party.

  • February 6, 2013 at 7:05pm

    “the Reagan Doctrine might apply just as well to the modern war on terror”

    Kind of ironic, though, considering terrorists we’re currently fighting in Afghanistan and Pakistan were former recipients of Reagan Doctrine aid. One man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist, you know?

    Look at the Contras in Nicaragua. Their “freedom fighting” activities included targeting health care clinics and health care workers for assassination, kidnapping civilians, torturing civilians, executing civilians (including children!) who were captured in combat, raping women, indiscriminately attacking civilians and civilian houses, seizing civilian property, and burning civilian houses in captured towns.

    Freeeeeeeeedooooooooom!

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  • February 4, 2013 at 5:32pm

    “But ‘Dios’ wasn’t ‘a pagan god’, rather, it’s a derivative…”

    I can appreciate that sarcasm doesn’t always translate well over the Internet, so I’ll go ahead and let this one slide.

    of the Latin word “deus” which only meant to indicate the noun “god”, without context of pagan, Christian or space alien.

    “A word for ‘god’ does not mean ‘a specific god’, and even ‘God’ doesn’t mean one ‘God’”

    Yes, I know. Again, this is literally my point. So when Blazers kneejerk because some kids recited the Pledge in multiple languages, including Arabic, and therefore necessarily referred to ‘Allah’, this did not indicate some conspiratorial attempt to convert children into Muslims, it’s literally just how you say ‘God’ in Arabic. To reiterate, AGAIN, this was my point.

    “there is no ‘the pagan god Dios’”

    Sarcasm, GhostofJefferson. Sarcasm.

  • February 4, 2013 at 3:38pm

    “The Latin based language Spanish’s word “dios” comes from the Latin word “Deus” which signifies the word “God”, not one god in particular.”

    …yes, GHOSTOFJEFFERSON, that was my point. Thanks for playing!

  • February 4, 2013 at 3:15pm

    “Vox, I’m glad you think so. It makes me smile knowing how utterly unaware you are of what is about to happen. Truly it does.”

    You’re right, with the election of President Romney, you sure showed us! The Tea Party is such a frighteningly powerful political force! I mean, look at how they managed to balance the budget and repeal Obamacare!

  • February 4, 2013 at 3:13pm

    Comrades, yours fears are misplaced. You rage against progress, against equality, against the collective prosperity of all Humankind? This is madness. These are not your enemies. Your enemies are the great and terrible hierarchies of the world: racism, sexism, classism. These systems ensnare and entangle you, and prevent you from and millions more from reaching their true potential. Today you are slaves, the playthings of capitalists. You must fear not, because a hundred years of working towards the destruction of these hierarchies is coming to fruition, and the liberation of the People is now at hand!

    White privilege is being abolished, the Patriarchy is being toppled, and soon no one will be forced into a life of wage-slavery under the altar of Capital. The egregious fabrication of “private” property will be torn asunder, and all shall return to its rightful place as the collective inheritance of the People.

    Your factories will be ours. Your farms will be ours. Your schools, your hospitals, your land: all will belong to the People. This conclusion is inevitable, comrades. History demands it. In the words of Benjamin Franklin: Join, or Die.

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