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I Asked My Socialist Best Friend Some Questions

I asked him why he truly believes in this system.

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My friend in this story is kept anonymous, so he will be referred to as Jack

My very close friend is a socialist. I decided since I have shown my side of the perspective that it is only fair that we look at the other side. This will not be a commentary on his answers, and it is just another view. I attempted to keep this as unbiased as possible in my questions.

This man is purely brilliant. He is a Mathematics Major and a future Insurance Actuary. No matter what beliefs we differ on, we are still best friends. We constantly debate over this and always reach stand stills.

Now that that is out of the way. Let's get onto the questions.


Andrew: What does socialism mean to you?

Jack: Socialism means equal distribution of the factors of production, and as an extension of that, equal distribution of income. On a more philosophical note, I believe socialism means financial equality. It means no Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Warren Buffett being richer than half the US. It also means no unemployment, no beggars in the street, and no one having to worry about earning less than the person next to them.


A: Why do you personally believe in socialism?

J: I believe in socialism because it is a truly equal economic ideal. It also guarantees to each citizen that they will have a chance to earn a living. Finally, socialism allows people to find motivation from something other than money.


A: How are communism and socialism different?

J: Communism gives people a communal goal to achieve, whereas socialism merely controls the means of production, leaving people to set their own goals and decide what to do with what they are given. Basically, in a communist economy, many more choices are already made for its members than in a socialist economy.


A: What is a living wage?

J: A living wage is the amount of money it takes to live, and it depends on different circumstances. In general, I'd say a living wage should provide comfort, but not excess.


A: Why do you think that?

J: I prefer to leave that answer fairly general because comfort and excess appear to be highly subjective concepts. However, I believe if one were to investigate these deeper I think one would find that there could easily be a universally accepted definition of comfort, as well as excess.


A: Okay, so what's democratic socialism, and is it different from socialism?

J: Democratic socialism is a form of socialism. In this form of socialism, there is a democratic process to deciding how and what the government distributes among its citizens, but it is still socialism. I think democratic socialism one of the more appealing forms of socialism because it does not entirely hand control over to the government.


A: Do you believe socialism is the key in the United States?

J: The US government, unfortunately, has spent the last 70 years training its citizens to believe socialism is pure evil. Therefore, I do not believe socialism could be implemented in the US without devastating uproar. No, socialism is not the key in the US simply because too many people already believe it is the devil and cannot be convinced otherwise.


A: Who is your favorite politician? Why?

J: FDR. He created more positive change than any other president, got elected more than any other president, won a war, and did it all from a wheelchair.


A: Is an increase in minimum wage a good thing?

J: For an increase in minimum wage to work, the economy around it must also be adjusted. I am not foolish enough to believe that simply saying "no one can be paid under $20/hr" can improve everyone's lives.


A: Does superior ability suffer under socialism?

J: It doesn't have to. I believe those with superior ability, in a socialist economy, can find non-monetary motivation to use that ability.


A: Will there still be an incentive to innovate in socialism?

J: Did Edison pioneer research and development processes just because he wanted to get rich? Innovation is not incentivized by wealth. It is incentivized by the need or desire for something which does not yet exist.


A: How much economic freedom do you believe is appropriate?

J: I think freedom to spend how one chooses is important. Simply put, no one should be forced to eat chicken and rice their entire lives. Socialist economies do not force people to spend in a certain way.


A: How expansive should healthcare be?

J: Healthcare should be free and universally available


A: Thanks so much. I appreciate your comments.

J: It's my pleasure. I hope I've convinced at least one person that socialism isn't pure evil.

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To The Girl Who Always Feels Left Out

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To the girl who always feels left out,

Girl, let me just tell you, I know the feeling. It feels as though my whole life, I have been that girl. You know that feeling when you are standing in a group of people and someone comes up and asks everyone to go to lunch in that group... But you?

Or they make it even worse by saying "Oh, I guess you can come too." You guess I can come to?

No, thank you.

At that point, you feel like the only reason you are being invited is that they feel like they have to. Which more than likely is actually the case. What about when you ask your friend to hang out and she can't because she will be doing homework all night? However, an hour later, you see her with your other best friend. Oh okay cool, sorry for bothering you with my friendship.

You know you are the girl who is always left out when you are the designated "photographer" or you have to specifically ask if you can take a picture with them because they are obviously done taking pictures and did not want one with you.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who 'Float' Between Friend Groups

We all know "Hey, will you take this picture of us?" all too well. Am I right, ladies? Oh yeah, it is fine. I hate being in pictures. I definitely hate taking pictures to remember this wonderful time I'm having.

What about when you and your friends discuss doing something later during the week and you ask about it but "It's probably not happening anymore." Then you check and would you look at that, your "friends" are having fun without you.

Shocker.

Oh but don't worry about it, I had things to do anyway. You know, clean the house, work on homework that is due next week, binge-watch The Office for the third time this week. Fun stuff. Oh and better yet when you see your friends are hanging out without you. The next time they see you, they talk about how much fun they had.

Oh yes, please tell me about how much fun you had without me. I totally enjoy hearing about how "I totally missed out" and "I should have come." Well, an invite would have been well appreciated. But maybe next time, right? Wrong.


Yeah, I know what you are thinking, "Wow this girl is being so petty." Well if you are thinking that, then you obviously do not know the feeling. And to think about it, you probably are not the one in the friend group who is being left out. So think about who that person is and make them feel included next time. It would be greatly appreciated. You do not know how much of a difference it could make.

Yes, I know everyone feels left out sometimes, but time after time, it starts to get really old. Then after you have to start inviting yourself to hang out with people, you realize well since they are not inviting me themselves, maybe they don't want me here. And then surprisingly, you stop hanging out with them. Hmmm, I wonder what could've possibly happened.


Yes, I know, most people do not do this on purpose. I am sure I have even done it once or twice without realizing it, and I am truly sorry.

From one left out girl to another,

Good Luck

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