Capitalist Pigs, Commie's and Socialistcrats?


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Jul 3, 2006
The topic got your attention, didn't it?

This thread should be used to rant and rave about things about economic ideologies that you don't approve or like. Think of it like the Dennis Miller "I don't want to go off on a rant here" opening.

To give you a idea, I have a difficult time discussing economic issues with a lot of socialists. Because from what i have seen they seem to lack any knowledge of supply and demand. Granted this statement does not lump every socialist I have ever talked to, just a hefty group of them. As soon as I mention that one of there ideas is critiqued by me, most of them jump in with rather generic solutions: Leave it to the government, tax people more, etc...

This is very worrysome to me. If you only have generic solutions to complex problems, you will never solve them properly. At best you would put a clever disguise on it.

And so end's my rant about having polite discourse with the socialists I know.
I tend to avoid socio-economic discourse at all, since most of my friends will insist and some sort of static system. Like generic solutions, static solutions fail to account for complexity.

And yeah, the post's title definitely got my attention!
For some funny reason, I know very few, if any, socialists. The university environment has this pervasive "progressive Che T-shirt toting anti-government anti-capitalist socialist" air to it, as you'd expect, so when I see "socialist" I generally think "activist with a megaphone."

On the other end of the scale, I think libertarians suffer from a similar thing. As far as I can see, it appears to be generally vacuous and wholly dependent on the rhetoric of "liberty", which I find will only be problematic.

Having come more to terms with the general idea that "life is unfair", and its various iterations, I no longer have any problem with the general principles of capitalism itself.
I am a capitalist! I know it's not the perfect system, but it is the one I like the best. I lived in a third world country for a long time, and I know what it is to be living in other situations. So, I do still choose capitalism as the system I want to live in. At least while I can choose!