What Socialism Is, And Is Not

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The recent presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders has brought new attention to “socialism.” In fact, during the Democratic Primary a poll revealed that as many as 43% of likely Democratic Caucus goes identified as ‘socialist‘.   One YouGov poll found that as many as 1/3 of millennial voters had a favorable view of socialism.  One Gallup Poll taking during the primary found that as many as 47% of Americans would consider voting for a socialist candidate.

With all this new interest in socialism, it begs the question, what is socialism? The textbook definition of socialism would sound something like, “a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.”  In lame terms, socialism is political and economic system characterized by workers controlling the means of production.

With that out of the way, let’s get to the broader point of discussion, what socialism is not. Socialism is not “big government.” Socialism is not “the welfare state.” Socialism is not “tough Wall Street reform.” To make it as clear as I possibly can, anything short of worker or public control of the means of production is not ‘socialism’.

Socialism has a clear and a very concise definition.  To expound upon the point, let’s look at how some of the most prominent socialists thinkers and theorists and actual socialist parties have defined the term.

In his book, The State and Revolution, Vladimir defined socialism as thus, “What is usually called socialism was termed by Marx the ‘first’, or lower, phase of communist society. Insofar as the means of production become common property, the word ‘communism’ is also applicable here, providing we do not forget that this is not complete communism” 

The Socialist Party USA defined socialism as the following; “Socialism is not mere government ownership, a welfare state, or a repressive bureaucracy. Socialism is a new social and economic order in which workers and consumers control production and community residents control their neighborhoods, homes, and schools.  The production of society is used for the benefit of all humanity, not for the private profit of a few. Socialism produces a constantly renewed future by not plundering the resources of the earth.”

The Socialist Equality defines socialism as “the reorganization of all economic life under the democratic control of the working class, to serve social needs, not private profit.”

 

Sanpete County Constitution Party of Utah features pedophile as their guest speaker

by Cody Quirk

Recently the Sanpete County affiliate of the Utah Constitution Party held their convention on the 18th of April, as the Herald reported:

Sanpete County Constitution Party of Utah held its convention on April 18, the first convention in nearly eight years. Attendance was disappointing with only a few of the 60 members of the party able to attend.

The countywide caucus held a month earlier on March 27, had a better turn out. County Chairman Ray Truitt stated the party board was committed to revitalize the party in Sanpete.

He also said that several members had planned to attend but between unforeseen emergencies and health issues, they were not able to attend, although they were at the Caucus meeting…

However what is noteworthy about this recent convention is this: Continue reading “Sanpete County Constitution Party of Utah features pedophile as their guest speaker”

Darryl W. Perry – Announcing the publication of Anarchy in New England

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Announcing the publication of Anarchy in New England
Free Press Publications is pleased to announce the publication of its newest original work: Anarchy in New England by Joe Jarvis. Continue reading “Darryl W. Perry – Announcing the publication of Anarchy in New England”

Greg Seltzer Drops Presidential Bid & Steps Down as Prohibition Party Chair

SeltzerAs reported in The National Prohibitionist and at Independent Political Report, Rev. Greg Seltzer of Maryland is ending his 2016 campaign for president and is stepping down as Chairman of the Prohibition Party.  This comes as the new Governor of Maryland Larry Hogan, a Republican, named Seltzer to the state’s Election Board. Continue reading “Greg Seltzer Drops Presidential Bid & Steps Down as Prohibition Party Chair”

The Celebration of Submission

B-ty8zVUcAEBw-Z[1]In a surreal display Thursday, prominent Internet sites celebrated as the federal government seized control over the last known vehicle for free expression.  Twitter, Reddit, and Buzzfeed all applauded the FCC takeover of the Internet under the guise of “Net Neutrality.”  As these sites ceded freedom for short term convenience, the FCC commenced its crusade against ISPs, opening the door to further Internet regulation—regulation that may not be so benevolent.

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