First, I have a confession to make. I consider myself a socialist, and I'm proud of it. So if you want to, you can hate me as much as you want. Not only that, but I've read a lot of Karl Marx (Das Kapital) and a whole bunch of his other stuff. I've also read Trotsky, Stalin, Mao, Castro, and Khruschev's polemics on the socialist state.
But as others might know only too well, just because you've read the Bible, it doesn't mean that you're a Christian. It may mean that you're some kind of smarty pants, nerdy little socially inept scholar boy who just wanted to find out where the dirty parts were, and why the holy cow guy didn't give you Bible quotes from there. And so am I.
I think this qualifies me to be a lefty. I do not sympathize with the far right versions of libertarianism. I think Ayn Rand sucks. I picked up Robert Nozick's philosophical opus Anarchy, State, and Utopia this year, and I tried not to puke. Just between you and me, libertarian philosophy taken to its ultimate is best practiced by very successful yuppie drug dealers. After all, the Bible tells us that you're closest to heaven if you've got more gelt. And I've always taken that to mean that God is indeed, a Republican.
"But what about this Marxist crap," you say? First let's clear up some misconceptions. There is a definite confusion in this country between communism and socialism. That's kind of saying that there are no differences between Zionist and anti-Zionist Jews. They may belong to the same religion, but they are eggs and apples. Communism unfortunately calls for a unilinear view of history necessitating the dictatorship of the proletariate. I met a few hard core communists in my time at the University of Illinois, and I had problems with them a lot of time because they were Stalinists.
You see, the fundamental problem of communism was that it was no more than a window dressing of socialist-type language spouted by insecure guys (with little penises) in semi-developed societies. Fourth rate countries in the 20th Century were the most fertile places for communism. And although people like Lenin talked a good game plan, most communists after that were just copy cats, instituting their country's ham-handed version of state capitalism (except Salvador Allende, who is still a dead saint and Danny Ortega of Nicaragua, who was a child abuser). In the end, the real emphasis was on the dictatorship. Uncle Joe killed a helluva lot more kulaks, etc. than Hitler. And Pol Pot was only the most extreme.
Now if you look at socialism as it's actually been implemented, we must actually go to places like Sweden, West Germany, and France. We can certainly agree how horrible and dismal lives are under socialism because they have more cheeses than we do. Wait! I mean they have longer life spans, less homeless people, more equal income distribution, higher taxes, free national health care, no death penalty, a cleaner environment, six weeks paid vacations for everyone, and one year of maternity or paternity leave for when they have kids. And in most places, dope is pretty much legal. You can see how horrible life is for people suffering under the yoke of socialism. :(
Translating this into United States-ese, I'd love to see the day when we have the foreign policy of Estonia, the life span of Sweden, the clean industry of West Germany, and the climate of the south of France. Unfortunately for me, I'm not going to hold my breath until this happens in 'Merka. Don't get too tooty-fruity. You might scare the horses, or get the F*x News idjits mad at you.
Alas, I am only a tired political hack, and not a real socialist.