Framing the Dialogue

Posts Tagged ‘socialists’

#YouFirst

I know that I have very few readers, but that doesn’t stop me.  My family doesn’t even read my posts…still doesn’t stop me.  I’ve moved this site from mostly political to mostly book reviews as that’s what I enjoy…reading.  It also serves as my database on which books that I have read.  Reading over a book a week makes keeping track a bit difficult.

Every so often, politics get to the point where I feel that I need to weigh in.  With some of the crap going on in our country now I am feeling a bit fed up.  From never-Trumpers against anything Trump (even when his policy aligns with their views) to millionaires like Bernie Sanders telling us why they need to confiscate our hard-earned money.

Underlying Social Contract

“You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did. Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea? God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”

America Unlimited

Most of this book review will consist of excerpts from this inspirational and thought-provoking book by Eric Johnston.  My hope is that many of you will pick up and read this timely book as we wade through our current problems.  I wish that I could reasonable reprint all of the passages that I have highlighted as I read America Unlimited

As you read the passages think about succinct Mr. Johnston’s comments are.  I should mention that he was a businessman and the president of the United States Chamber of Commerce.  He also had the opportunity to travel at the behest of the President of the United States.  At the risk of sounding like an chain e-mail, please read to the end (or skip ahead if you are that impatient) for a rather surprising fact. 

Socialism (soh-shuh-liz-uhm)

Socialism is defined as:

Socialism 2“an economic system of government which advocates state ownership of the means of production with equal distribution of goods among the people.”

  • Socialist governments own the banks, car companies, farmlands, factories, and stores, and is the only employer and consequently owns the means of production.  The government controls all investments, production, distribution, income, and prices, as well as all organizations, schools, news media and formerly private societies.
  • Socialism is the antithesis of capitalism, opposes private ownership of capital or land, and rejects the free market in favor of central planning.