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
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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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An Open Letter to the Person Who Still Uses the "R Word"

Your negative associations are slowly poisoning the true meaning of an incredibly beautiful, exclusive word.
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What do you mean you didn't “mean it like that?" You said it.

People don't say things just for the hell of it. It has one definition. Merriam-Webster defines it as, "To be less advanced in mental, physical or social development than is usual for one's age."

So, when you were “retarded drunk" this past weekend, as you claim, were you diagnosed with a physical or mental disability?

When you called your friend “retarded," did you realize that you were actually falsely labeling them as handicapped?

Don't correct yourself with words like “stupid," “dumb," or “ignorant." when I call you out. Sharpen your vocabulary a little more and broaden your horizons, because I promise you that if people with disabilities could banish that word forever, they would.

Especially when people associate it with drunks, bad decisions, idiotic statements, their enemies and other meaningless issues. Oh trust me, they are way more than that.

I'm not quite sure if you have had your eyes opened as to what a disabled person is capable of, but let me go ahead and lay it out there for you. My best friend has Down Syndrome, and when I tell people that their initial reaction is, “Oh that is so nice of you! You are so selfless to hang out with her."

Well, thanks for the compliment, but she is a person. A living, breathing, normal girl who has feelings, friends, thousands of abilities, knowledge, and compassion out the wazoo.

She listens better than anyone I know, she gets more excited to see me than anyone I know, and she works harder at her hobbies, school, work, and sports than anyone I know. She attends a private school, is a member of the swim team, has won multiple events in the Special Olympics, is in the school choir, and could quite possibly be the most popular girl at her school!

So yes, I would love to take your compliment, but please realize that most people who are labeled as “disabled" are actually more “able" than normal people. I hang out with her because she is one of the people who has so effortlessly taught me simplicity, gratitude, strength, faith, passion, love, genuine happiness and so much more.

Speaking for the people who cannot defend themselves: choose a new word.

The trend has gone out of style, just like smoking cigarettes or not wearing your seat belt. It is poisonous, it is ignorant, and it is low class.

As I explained above, most people with disabilities are actually more capable than a normal human because of their advantageous ways of making peoples' days and unknowingly changing lives. Hang out with a handicapped person, even if it is just for a day. I can one hundred percent guarantee you will bite your tongue next time you go to use the term out of context.

Hopefully you at least think of my friend, who in my book is a hero, a champion and an overcomer. Don't use the “R Word". You are way too good for that. Stand up and correct someone today.

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News Flash: 'Building The Wall' Is Still A Dumb Idea And Always Will Be

The government is still partially shutdown because of funding for the wall. Really?

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A man who is a strong supporter of building the wall told me this metaphor: If you don't want the wrong people walking into your backyard, you put a fence up. We don't want the wrong people coming to America, so we put a wall up. I respect people's political beliefs, and because of this, I want to share mine.

I believe that President Trump demanding money to build a border wall is dumb.

It's hard to believe so many people really think that this "build a wall" has everything to do about border security. It's just inhumane and wrong.

Literally, the most notorious drug lord of Mexico has shed light about how he smuggles the drug into the U.S. They have brought it through fishing boats, trucks going through the legal point of entry, underground tunnel, but not through unwalled parts. The half of million pounds of narcotics that were secured at the border? They were all al legal points of entry.

I'm saying this because I am a proud daughter of immigrants who crossed the border. The media has portrayed immigrants as these horrible people infiltrating our country. They just want somewhere safe to live to raise their kid.

The conditions of Latin American countries are inexplicable. Communist have risen from the ashes dominating these countries letting people rot on the street starving. There are little to no job opportunities. I haven't seen my family in three years because it is dangerous to go.

The media doesn't tell you this. They don't tell you how many people have gone to the border and returned to Mexico because ICE agents tear gas them.

They tell you that they throw babies over fences to distract border patrol agents. They tell you children are dying because of malnutrition of trekking thousands of miles to get the border. They don't tell you that those same children have been eating unmonitored food with thousands of microorganism some mal some good.

Not all immigrants are not bad people. The notions that all immigrants are criminals is "fake news." It has been a hook, line, and sinker for the Republican Party. There are studies such as one from the journal Criminology showing that places with high undocumented immigrant population does not equal high crime.

Should undocumented citizens attempt to become legal residents of the United States? Absolutely, and that is a problem if they are evading taxes and other legal notions with more consequences.

However, we should not lie to ourselves and act as a wall is to help border security against drugs and crime. It's just a physical quota like 1920s immigration laws. There is a better solution then sacrificing 5.7 billion dollars. Let me translate that: 5,700,000,000 dollars. That is our taxes. As a college student, I rather have those 5.7 billion dollars be translated to scholarship, grants, financial aid, and helping us, the future of this country become the best people we can be. Why build a wall when the future of America, who I personally think is more important can be helped.

I don't come from a rich family, and I don't have the means to afford a college education without loans, so when I hear that the Government can afford to give 5.7 billion dollars for a wall, I have the right to be upset. Tell me I'm wrong, and call me dumb, but this is my unpopular opinion.

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