Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fear of socialism

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 09:  Job seekers ...
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Job seekers fill out applications for employment during a job fair for San Francisco Bay Area grocery store chain Mollie Stone's Market on February 9, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Hundreds of job seekers lined up to apply for jobs at San Francisco Bay Area grocery store chain Mollie Stone's that is hiring up to 35 people for a new store that they are opening in San Francisco. The U.S. unemployment rate slightly dropped to 9 percent in January, the lowest level in nearly two years and 0.4 percentage points lower than December 2010. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
I don't consider myself the political type, but I do want to promote open dialogue about what is good and right for all life on Earth. I've been hearing some serious faulty thinking that can only hold you back as a species.

What could possibly be wrong with the idea that every person has the right to food, shelter, and basic medical care? There is a very pervasive lie that says "There isn't enough." You know that is a lie when you see empty houses. Only a few of you have ever really thought about the billions of pounds of food grocery stores throw away every day. See the documentary Dive! (free on netflix or at many libraries) for more info.

Another lie is that if everyone had free food and shelter, nobody would work. The reality is that there are not enough jobs that provide a living wage. Humans actually do have an inherent desire to contribute to something. When it doesn't require 40++ hours a week to ensure that basic needs are met, there is time to figure out where each person can best contribute. People love to create, whether it's art, literature, computer programs, or the goods of everyday life. Given a plot of land (and it requires less than you may think), most sentient beings like growing their own food. (I do!) When every product is built to last, there is no need to manufacture what will quickly become trash in landfills.

Can you look straight into the eyes of each of the millions upon millions of men, women, and children who are unemployed/underemployed/disabled/too young/too old and say "You aren't worthy."?

I can only point out the obvious. It is up to you to have a better vision of the world and make it happen!

The following video is long, but it is worth expanding your vision of economics and human life.

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