Socialism Is A National Security Necessity

Socialism Is A National Security Necessity

Economic Egalitarianism Is An Ultimate Defensive Strategy For Legitimate Security For The Citizenry And Nation

The United States economy has had a traumatic past century. We saw the horrors of the Great Depression, followed by a few decades of apparent prosperity; culminating with the last 50 years of deregulation and increased privatization. Finally bringing the nation, and the world, to its knees in recent years with the Great Recession, and the Post Recession era of austerity and economic decline. The human suffering caused by this haphazard and deceptive economic system has been the basis for world wars over control of "markets", along with countless smaller conflicts of equal or greater levels of death and destruction. All committed in the name of economic "growth", securing "free" markets, and interests of resource control and commodification. It must be recognized that Capitalism, having reached its late stage, is a direct threat to national security; in the exact same way it has been a direct threat to the security of persons. As President Franklin Roosevelt once stated, "True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made".

We as a nation and as a civilization cannot afford to perpetuate such risks that undermine the integrity of our nation. Right now we have corporations that have transcended national boundaries, that act as defacto centers of power. They can utilize their wealth to manipulate and alter the political structures of the US, on all levels of government, to pervert and distort them away from the needs of the citizenry and towards special private interests. The notion of democratizing our economy is the only manner we can logistically ensure that the government and citizenry will not be distorted and manipulated by private interests. Public dominion over the economy is a collectivizing manner that will ensure greater individual security when democratic control directs surplus value back directly into the economy rather than private hands. Nationalizing industries would be the first step towards this economic democratization; especially if the industries nationalized are the ones formed under the auspices of the "Military-Industrial-Complex". Removing private control of the US war machine would ensure that our warrior class is not tricked into pointless wars like the recent wars in the Middle East, or massive wars like the business interests that drove the US into World War One. As Marine General Smedley Butler, one of the highest decorated marines in US history, wrote in his book "War is a Racket":

WAR is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small "inside" group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes. In the World War [I] a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns.

The drive for socialism and economic egalitarianism is not an ideological argument but one of necessity for national and individual security. As we progress into the future, unseen with new events revolving human civilization, technology, etc.; we must avoid past problems and mistakes before they are created/repeated. Late capitalism has proven to consume itself at the expense of governments and citizens alike. It has even proven to be one of the largest force of destruction perpetuating our biosphere degradation and ecological collapse. If we are to ensure the survival of our nation, our civilization, and our species we must get over the dogmatic and fundamentalist perception of socialism being some kind of evil force. It is very apparent that the last century of propaganda disseminating such mental conceptions are based off of falsehoods designed to empower the private forces that benefit from our capitalist system. It is not an ideological conflict, rather a necessity for survival, to dismantle and reconstruct our economy in a democratized and egalitarian manner.

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Will Enough Ever Be Enough?

Yet another school shooting in America, still nothing done. We are dying.

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018: We are all heartbroken to hear about another school shooting.

At Great Mills High School in Maryland, a 17-year-old male is pronounced dead at the scene after shooting two other students and a school resource officer. Just before their first period started, at 7:55 am, Austin Rollins shot one male and one female student with a handgun before being shot by the school's resource officer. While the 16-year-old female is in critical condition, the 14-year-old male is currently stable. This is the 17th school shooting in 2018. That's 17 days out of the past 80 that parents have gone to bed with their children in body bags as a result of gun violence.

I don't care what political party you associate with, gun violence is completely out of control. I am a registered Republican and completely agree with stricter gun laws. Learn the difference between a gun ban and sales control. Concerned citizens are not trying to take away your guns, but are trying to take away the rights from those that are risks.

Could you imagine legally having to send your child to school but never coming back? You've packed their lunch, maybe with a special note, and gave them a kiss before they left for school, not knowing that it was their last. No matter where we go, we are not safe. We can't go to malls, movie theaters, schools, or even churches without having to worry if it will be our last trip. Our homes, our places of worship, and our schools are supposed to be the places where we feel safest and, instead, our children are filled with fear. Instead of focusing on the political views that divide these groups, why don't we focus on what unites us? Why don't we focus on protecting our kin?

Everyone has had an opinion on the walkouts that have been happening around the country. Everyone has had an opinion on the 17 minutes of silence for the 17 children lost in the Florida shooting. I've seen people disgusted that Nickelodeon had 17 minutes of broadcast cut because it "interrupted the only program [I] let [my] children watch".

If your child was shot at school, you wouldn't have to worry about what programs they watch, but rather where to bury them and how to afford their memorial.

I've seen people saying that it's no wonder that Millenials are dumb. They "find any excuse to cut class". Have you thought about the fact that they are genuinely worried about going to school?

Personally, I've experienced both a shooting scare at my high school and a bomb threat at my college. I shouldn't have to worry about my life ending. I'm legally forced to go to high school and get an education or I'm putting myself into a lifetime of debt to get a degree.

We are all too young to stress about gun violence. Our school years are supposed to be the times our of lives, but they're being wasted on worrying about dying every day.

Rest in peace to all of those who have lost their lives in shootings, not only this year, but always. Hopes, thoughts, and prayers go out to their loved ones. One day, we will unite and find a solution.

We need to work together and forget the labels of parties and cliques in school and look out for one another instead. There is no kind but mankind.

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The Republican Versus Democrat Stigma Needs To Slow Down

We Need To Be Individual Again

We as a society have developed an unnecessary need to place people in a specific party based on what could be a single value out of many. This is a letter for those who do not define themselves as one or the other; for those whose values range between conservative and liberal, for those who feel the unfortunate pressure of society to choose one even though your values do not fit just one.

The political parties at one point generally just meant “these are my basic beliefs, so this is the candidate I will vote for because they most closely represent them.” Party affiliation was harmless. Republicans and Democrats could get along fine, differing opinions not getting in the way of relationships and alignment. More importantly, you did not have to be part of a specific political party to be an active member of society. Your opinions and principles were yours.

Over the years following the last two election races, political parties gained a much more significant and defining meaning in our lives as individuals and as members of society. There is a newly developed stigma behind political opinions. You are almost pressured to feel one way or another about every single topic. If a majority of your values are of the conservative agenda, you must be a heart-and-all Republican. In contrast, if you are more liberal-leaning you are docked as a set Democrat. We as citizens are being labeled according to what may be a few hard-values. And dishearteningly enough, can be ridiculed for what we value. Even if you might not value everything the same as your determined party.

There exists those of us that hold values from both parties. It is possible to value women’s rights and also value a traditional marriage. It is possible to be a gun owner and also active in keeping children safe in school. You do not have to just submit to every belief of one party. You can value aspects of different parties and still be a functioning member of the American society. Do not let the looming obligation to declare yourself as strictly one or the other. You do not have to pretend you agree with everything Democratic or everything Republican; you can have your own values. And you should. Our society is messed up in the way that values are pushed on citizens. We are meant to be free individuals with our private values.

It is not fair to those of us who value different things. Not every American is a to-the-bone Democrat or Republican. It is possible to hold liberal beliefs as a conservative person. And Vice-Versa. We need to stop labeling one another as one or the other, conservative or liberal. We need to stop silencing each other because we have differing views. We need to accept not everyone is perfectly one party, and diversity exists. Open mindedness exists in Americans, despite the seemingly growing generalizations. We need to be able to agree to disagree on certain topics.
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