Saturday, October 07, 2006
Yo, Grievous Dog, A History Lesson for Nutwings LIke You
Just because Bruce Li either chooses not to grasp or perhaps doesn't understand the huge differences between an economic system like socialism and communism, a form of government, doesn't give any person the right to cast aspersions at Howling Latina by calling her a Communist, a slur she finds especially offensive because of her Cuban-American heritage.
Be that as it may, let's go to the dictionary and see how socialism and communism are defined by Oxford.
Socialism - A theory or policy of social organization which aims at or advocates the ownership and control of the means of production, capital, land, property, etc., by the community as a whole, and their administration or distribution in the interests of all.You see, one is voluntary, the other is totalitarian and compulsory. As someone writes, "Instead of wanting to take away people’s private property, socialists want more people to have more private property than ever before."
Communism - A theory which advocates a state of society in which there should be no private ownership, all property being vested in the community and labour organized for the common benefit of all members; the professed principle being that each should work according to his capacity, and receive according to his wants.
With only a little research, any honest person can find that during the last century, Democratic nations have been replete with elected Socialist officials. Of course, Mr. Bruce Li only mentions the names of Stalin, Mao, etc., to make his spurious argument and point.
Well, how about the German Social Democratic Party; or the Labour Party in Britain; or the Socialist Labor Party of America and Eugene V. Debbs in the United States?
In fact, "[t]hroughout much of the interwar period, socialist and Communist parties were in continuous conflict. Socialists condemned communists as agents of the Soviet Union, while communists condemned socialists as betrayers of the working class."
[Many] Western European socialist parties won major electoral gains in the immediate postwar years. Most notably, in Britain, the Labour party under Ramsay MacDonald [who] was in power for ten months in 1924 and again from 1929 to 1931.
Today the Washington Post front-pages Spain's socialist government with a special feature on Vice President Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega and her climb to the top of the political paradigm in the previously male-oriented Machismo culture of her country.
Ultimately, HL goes back to theorical academic work. Indeed, how many university students have studied sociology, government, rhetoric, political science, law, philosophy, even literature without coming across good ol' Marx?
Blaming Marx and Engels for Stalin and Mao is equal to blaming Jesus for the Crusades and the Inquisition.
Doing good sis, keep it up.