Skip to comments.Statism vs. Communism vs. Socialism vs.... (open question)
Posted on 12/25/2012 8:36:39 AM PST by FreeAtlanta
I looked up Statism and is seems a whole lot like communism. I thought it would be good if we had a discussion/education effort to explain the different political and economic systems.
On a scale of 1-10 with 1 representing Good and 10 representing Bad, how do you rank them?
On a scale of 1-10 where 1 is God's Kingdom and 10 is Satanism, how do you rank them?
Oh, it seems like I skipped over Democracy. A pure democracy, except on the smallest scales, tends to function just as badly as a dictatorship, but less efficiently in every regard, which is why we don’t any viable pure democracies as national governments. A mixed, representative democracy is a decent form of government, but usually less effective than a Republican one, since it has fewer safeguards against the eventual usurpation of rights that all governments tend towards.
That’s not quite true. You’ve got a free piece of territory that no other man can claim, right between your left ear and your right ear.
Here's a good ten minute youtube vid that lays out my understanding fairly well:
Self ping for keeps
The other guy was correct, separate the forms of government from ideologies.
BTW, here is one symptom of a kleptocracy:
ORGANIZATIONAL SCLEROSIS: When so many special interests are given so many benefits that the standard of living is lowered for everyone.
Thanks everyone. I enjoyed reading each of your posts. I hope the thread was useful and we can formulate a way to pursued the masses toward leaders who will protect our Constitutional Republic and Free Enterprise system.
After the 2012 election, my confidence has taken a beating. I don’t understand how so many could have been so poorly informed or just didn’t care.
I hope we can do better in 2014. I know there is a lot of vote stealing and corruption going on. I am confident that is what got Obama over the top, but a lot more people voted for that joker than should have. That is more depressing than the election fraud.
I can’t seem to find a consistent definition of the words “democracy” or a “republic”. To me, “democracy” applies to a country that has freedom from political coercion, while “republic “ pertains to a government that operates by rule of law. Both are required to have a functioning free country.
A person cannot be free to pursue his own happiness if he cannot predict what consequences his actions will have. Thus, freedom from political coercion requires a government that follows the rule of law, as opposed to arbitrary rule.
As someone else noted, you left out Fascism. Mussolini is famously reputed to have said, “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power”
To me it is a significant omission, because I believe that is exactly the description of the totalitarian system we are living under today.
That doesn’t sound a lot different that Socialism or Communism. At some point the corporations and government merge and we have totalitarianism or statism.
The funding of GM, GE, Solyndra and other boondoggles against tax payer approval is thuggish. It crushes smaller companies and chooses winner and losers while not letting smaller but possibly better companies and products win.
government should have no involvement in the economy IMO, except when it comes to honoring contracts and some basic stuff.
They should never fund any private or non-government organization or corporation ever.
I agree, with the exception of military equipment and defensive projects.
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