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Socialism: American as Apple Pie

For the next 3 days, I will be taking a respite. Instead of leaving you wanting the edgy commentary and values based discussions you crave, I will post some fodder for consideration.

This one from upworthy.com

The bottom line is…no, we can’t do it better as individuals. We need each other. Even Especially the rich need this stuff to keep their wealth.

(BTW this is a good text for Progressives, but bad visual. Progressives do this too much. They believe that the sarcasm and tongue in cheek statement in red “Say No to Socialism” is understood, when in reality the readability and visual “pop” with the red banner kind of negates the message. Since it is already a negated message “saying ‘no’ to socialism”, I’m not sure how that works, maybe it does reinforce socialism… that one’s tricky in case anyone has a speculation there.)

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Obama Straddles the Fence

I began this post as a sort of Cliff’s notes on the framing of the State of the Union address, but now have done the equivalent of ripping the page out of the typewriter, crumpling it up and tossing it in the can. Obama’s speech had a lot of great points, he is a good speaker and has good writers – the majority of Americans can rally around the majority of the ideas put forward in the speech. He does speak of values – which is where his progressive streak sparks a flame – then he snuffs it out when he tries to walk the fence for the sake of being “moderate”.

Americans aren’t moderates! It is popular to seem moderate and say you’re moderate, but in fact that is not how our brains operate. There are really only two positions for each detail of an issue –  we agree or disagree, yes or no, good or bad – you can almost always break an issue down in this way. We answer those questions by checking our internal value system; is it making us feel empathetic (nurturing, caring) or judgemental (strict, authoritarian). The only other possibility is that of being apathetic or unaware; even if you are uninformed, malinformed, or ignorant you may have a strong opinion, as is painfully apparent today. We are like computers in that this system of forming opinions is basically a set of ones and zeroes.

Let’s try an issue. Continue reading

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