If you are a socialist, by all means you have ran into this on face book, you tube, twitter, or whatever and you call yourself a socialist, or a progressive, you hear your political enemy say, duh you all are the same aren’t you? You just want to yell NO I AM NOT! It is easy for working class smuck to get duped into thinking liberals, progressives, socialist, or communism is the same thing. When you did not have the right education, and the when you have been bombarded with Glen Beck, you will start to believe anything, and your mind just shuts out common sense. People have been suckered into thinking a vote for a democrat is a vote for a socialist, oh how wrong this way of thinking is, and i am gonna show how progressives, and socialist differ from each other.
Here is some of the definition from the encyclopedia brittanica:
liberalism, political doctrine that takes protecting and enhancing the freedom of the individual to be the central problem of politics. Liberals typically believe that government is necessary to protect individuals from being harmed by others; but they also recognize that government itself can pose a threat to liberty. As the revolutionary American pamphleteer Thomas Paine expressed it in “Common Sense” (1776), government is at best “a necessary evil.” Laws, judges, and police are needed to secure the individual’s life and liberty, but their coercive power may also be turned against him. The problem, then, is to devise a system that gives government the power necessary to protect individual liberty but also prevents those who govern from abusing that power.
But liberalism started to change, libertarians are the more neo liberal, or classical liberal, who still believe in the gov’s only role it to protect the individual from harm, and to protect private property, democrats have took the word to mean that gov should protect the workers in a regulated capitalist market. Modern liberals want gov to help get rid of poverty, protect workers, and the individual from discrimination, where as classical neo liberals are more for a free market type of economy, and does not want the gov to get involved in the life of the individual.
From the encyclopedia brittanica, the definition of socialism:
socialism, social and economic doctrine that calls for public rather than private ownership or control of property and natural resources. According to the socialist view, individuals do not live or work in isolation but live in cooperation with one another. Furthermore, everything that people produce is in some sense a social product, and everyone who contributes to the production of a good is entitled to a share in it. Society as a whole, therefore, should own or at least control property for the benefit of all its members.
Here are some huge differences, in a socialist society you work together with your fellow citizen, and in harmony to create products, that is owned by the worker, liberals are ok with bosses, private property, and an income gap, where as socialist believe in everyone getting treated, and paid just the same, sure liberals, modern liberals, and socialist agree on freedom for gays, minorities, but liberals are more for an Eisenhower, or FDR economy of regulated capitalism, in which there is a class system, but the top are watched by the gov to insure fair play to the lower class workers, socialist want equal pay for all workers.
Also socialist want an abolishment of private property, in which the gov owns the land, and the workers control the means of production, in other words, you have no boss at your job, you are your own boss. And you get to keep what you work for, not a boss, who gets oh say 200% more than what you get to keep. Where as liberals support the same old boss owns the company, and the workers make the product, but the liberals want a living wage instead of a minimum wage, socialist want a more fair wage. Everyone gets the same pay.
So the next time a person who is right wing goes Duh liberals, socialist communist, there is no differences, ummm yeah there is. What has happened to us that we do not know the differences between these ideologies? We need to get people out of drinking the kool aid, and actually reading, places like the CATO institute, the heritage foundation, have made a living out of lying to people about socialism, and it is time we put a stop to it, if you do not want to like socialism fine, that is ok, but to flat out lie about it, is just showing that you do not have faith in your ideas, and that you have to lie about the opposition to try and brain wash enough people into believing your ideas are right. So please get your facts straight, socialism, and liberal, are different, they have some things in common, but are completely different. And it is silly for anyone to not think that they are different, the argument used by these right wingers will be, well they are for big gov, which is ridiculous, since you need gov to help run the free market, and to run capitalism. Next time right wingers, do some research.