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Rolling Stone: America Should Replace Capitalism With Socialism
NewsBusters ^ | 4 Jan 2014 | Noel Sheppard

Posted on 01/04/2014 4:15:35 PM PST by mandaladon

The next time you wonder just how far to the left Rolling Stone magazine is, consider that in its first issue of the new year, it actually published an article calling for capitalism to be totally abolished in America and replaced with a socialist structure wherein people didn't need to work, all assets were taken over by the government, and redistributed to the masses.

Fasten your seatbelts before continuing further:

1. Guaranteed Work for Everybody

Unemployment blows. The easiest and most direct solution is for the government to guarantee that everyone who wants to contribute productively to society is able to earn a decent living in the public sector...A job guarantee that paid a living wage would anchor prices, drive up conditions for workers at megacorporations like Walmart and McDonald's, and target employment for the poor and long-term unemployed – people to whom conventional stimulus money rarely trickles all the way down...Imagine a world where people could contribute the skills that inspire them – teaching, tutoring, urban farming, cleaning up the environment, painting murals – rather than telemarketing or whatever other stupid tasks bosses need done to supplement their millions. Sounds nice, doesn't it? Sounds nice? And where would the money come from? And what would the goods and services produced by so many people requiring higher wages cost? How would people afford them?

Keep your seatbelts on, because the author has an answer:

2. Social Security for All But let's think even bigger. Because as much as unemployment blows, so do jobs. What if people didn't have to work to survive? Enter the jaw-droppingly simple idea of a universal basic income, in which the government would just add a sum sufficient for subsistence to everyone's bank account every month...

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A universal basic income, combined with a job guarantee and other social programs, could make participation in the labor force truly voluntary, thereby enabling people to get a life....................We're heading in that direction if we keep electing people like Obama
1 posted on 01/04/2014 4:15:35 PM PST by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

Does nobody study history over there?


2 posted on 01/04/2014 4:17:27 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: mandaladon

The only field in which Rollong Stone has less credibility than economics is music.


3 posted on 01/04/2014 4:17:27 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: mandaladon
Fredric Bastiat's The Law ought to be required reading.
4 posted on 01/04/2014 4:17:33 PM PST by Edward Teach
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To: mandaladon

Problem is, they already ran out of other people’s money.


5 posted on 01/04/2014 4:17:45 PM PST by txhurl
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To: mandaladon

Yep. After millions of dead and millions more suffering because of socialism, Rolling Stone is gonna make it work this time. “We promise...we won’t kill millions this time...pinky swear!”


6 posted on 01/04/2014 4:18:03 PM PST by TheGipperWasRight
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To: mandaladon

PATRIOTS: America Should Replace Rolling Stone With Just About Anything.


7 posted on 01/04/2014 4:18:51 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: mandaladon
Kind of difficult, since we don't have capitalism.

What we have is crony fascism.

8 posted on 01/04/2014 4:20:11 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: mandaladon

Liberty.

America is based on Liberty.

Not womb to the tomb statism.


9 posted on 01/04/2014 4:20:16 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: mandaladon

Does the plan include rock stars?


10 posted on 01/04/2014 4:20:36 PM PST by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: mandaladon

The easiest and most direct solution is for the government to guarantee that everyone who wants to contribute productively to society is able to earn a decent living in the public sector...

Of course the author misses the point that when someone
doesn’t want to contribute to society, they will be
FORCED to contribute, and not necessarily in the work
of their choice, OR the location of their choice.
Do they think they can just pack up and move anywhere?
Sorry not allowed.


11 posted on 01/04/2014 4:21:02 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: gorush

It would appear not.
History does repeat itself, especially when you
don’t pay attention the first time.


12 posted on 01/04/2014 4:22:15 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: mandaladon

The magazine sucks and so does the band.


13 posted on 01/04/2014 4:22:45 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: mandaladon
Under socialism, there will be no private corporations with the cash to purchase advertising in washed-up glossy magazines about pop music. In fact, there won't be much pop music to write about. Not that the proletariat class would have the money to purchase such glossy magazines in the first place.

Under socialism, the headquarters of Rolling Stone will look something like this...


14 posted on 01/04/2014 4:24:33 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76

rolling stones would go out of business because everyone would be too poor to buy such expensive toilet paper


15 posted on 01/04/2014 4:25:09 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: mandaladon

Hey Rolling Stone, if you love Socialism so much how about you take one for the cause and cough up the cash out of YOUR bank accounts how does that sound, do we have a deal


16 posted on 01/04/2014 4:27:55 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: mandaladon

If these rolling stoners love socialism so much, why don’t they give away this rag of a paper for free?


17 posted on 01/04/2014 4:32:26 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (The Second Amendment makes all the other amendments possible)
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To: mandaladon

My toilet paper should be replaced by Rolling Stone.


18 posted on 01/04/2014 4:33:08 PM PST by JaguarXKE (1973: Reporters investigate All the President's Men. 2013: Reporters ARE all the President's men)
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To: mandaladon

If you want to live in a socialist country pick one and go; there is nothing stopping you!

I have that as a bumper sticker; but it is mostly images - causes them to have to think. Libs are not used to doing that.

Hey, I have an idea, let’s change Rolling Stone into a Rock and Roll magazine! Wow, I think I just hit on something brilliant!


19 posted on 01/04/2014 4:34:30 PM PST by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of "gun free zones"?)
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To: mandaladon

We kind of already have. I would call it the fascist version of socialism.


20 posted on 01/04/2014 4:35:51 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: mandaladon

And everybody should have a pony, and a bazillion dollars and no one should ever have to work again and oh... world peace no disease or fat people cause everyone will be gorgeous with free plastic surgery and no one will ever have to eat brussel sprouts again.


21 posted on 01/04/2014 4:38:04 PM PST by DaveyB ("When injustice becomes the law; rebellion becomes duty." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: mandaladon

What capitalism?


22 posted on 01/04/2014 4:38:42 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: SamAdams76

So, you are saying there are benefits of socialism?


23 posted on 01/04/2014 4:39:43 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: mandaladon

That isn’t an article, it’s a stoned dorm room conversation. “Share the land, man.” Right. Get out your farming tools, sonny.


24 posted on 01/04/2014 4:42:27 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: gorush

Do they not remember Greece, Spain, Portugal? Greece is in a heck of a fix because of this and that was a year or two ago. This is insanity.


25 posted on 01/04/2014 4:49:15 PM PST by Texas Songwriter
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To: mandaladon
old hippies photo: grandparents Copyofold_hippie_very_old_hippies_1.jpg

Oh no, those dozen or so old dirty hippies that still read Rolling Stone might read the article...and immediately forget it.

26 posted on 01/04/2014 4:52:27 PM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: nickcarraway

I am sad to report that yes, there would be a benefit to socialism, with respect to the demise of a certain washed-up “rock and roll” magazine that hasn’t been relevant since they put Dr. Hook on the cover back in ‘73.


27 posted on 01/04/2014 4:53:23 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: gorush

intresting that the only people who advocate socialism are people who have never lived under it and can’t escape it.


28 posted on 01/04/2014 4:54:28 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Vaquero

Waiting for the stone to roll over them


29 posted on 01/04/2014 4:54:54 PM PST by ronnie raygun
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To: txhurl

many socialist places have dropped it because of this fact.


30 posted on 01/04/2014 4:55:35 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: mandaladon
"Rolling Stone: America Should Replace Capitalism With Socialism"

Gotta love how leftist rags- that nowadays rely almost solely on advertising revenues from eeevil profit-seeking companies to stay afloat- are always so rabidly anti-capitalist...

31 posted on 01/04/2014 4:56:56 PM PST by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: mandaladon

Rolling Stone: why wait? If you hate capitalism why don’t you begin distributing your rag for free?


32 posted on 01/04/2014 5:03:56 PM PST by plain talk
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To: SamAdams76

That is, if they remain in business. Dictators work on whims. I would be careful Rolling Stone. You may get what you think you wish for.


33 posted on 01/04/2014 5:06:12 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: BenLurkin

You have to make it out of the womb without being aborted first.


34 posted on 01/04/2014 5:09:21 PM PST by Antihero101607
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To: Lurker
The only field in which Rollong Stone has less credibility than economics is music.

LOL!!

35 posted on 01/04/2014 5:11:44 PM PST by Hardastarboard (The question of our age is whether a majority of Americans can and will vote us all into slavery.)
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To: gorush

And what has kept Rolling Stone in ink but the free market fueled by capitalism!?! Idiots all...


36 posted on 01/04/2014 5:34:31 PM PST by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: Lurker

Rolling Stone became irrelevant after Hunter Thompson’s and Ben Fong Torres” writing stopped being publish by the rag. Around 1970, I believe.


37 posted on 01/04/2014 5:43:17 PM PST by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: mandaladon

Hahaha, this has as much credibility as Paul Krugman. Even middle school economics are lost on these idiots. Another attempt to resuscitate a magazine with less circulation than barbed wire catalogs.


38 posted on 01/04/2014 5:51:50 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: mandaladon

I think every rich socialist should pay for what they want. Every democrat worth more then $250k should pay 100% of their wealth to the government. Pay back is a b1 tch


39 posted on 01/04/2014 6:02:29 PM PST by CyberSpartacus
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To: mandaladon

Try an experiment... round up all of the Rolling Stone employees, confiscate all of their homes and other “real” properties, put them all in section 8 housing, allot them equal pay $4 - $5 per hour but only if they work 60 hours a week in a job they all do, minimal bread, water, flour, rice, beans and an occasional horse they can slaughter and see how they’d prefer to live 4 years later.


40 posted on 01/04/2014 6:17:31 PM PST by maddog55
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To: mandaladon

Rolling Stone still exists? Who knew?

Speaking of how biased they are, was reading about the rock group Kansas - back when lead guitarist and songwriter Kerry Livgren got saved and became a Christian, their next album had a few songs with an evangelical theme. Not only did RS trash the album, they trashed Livgren personally, calling him “Kerry Liver”. Just goes to show, when those who (usually unwittingly) follow Satan encounter something of God, they usually respond with anger and hatred. It’s the easiest way to spot them.


41 posted on 01/04/2014 6:26:09 PM PST by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: mandaladon

Ok, let the government take away Jann Wenner’s money, take away his magazine, and turn it all over to conservative propagandists after the right-wing conservative takeover of the federal government. Isn’t that, in some ways, what they want, except for the specifics of WHO is doing the expropriation?


42 posted on 01/04/2014 6:46:41 PM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: Snickering Hound

It’s funny how conservatives and libs want to alternately denigrate or accept bearded men in strange clothes, depending upon their beliefs? (Duck Dynasty bearded men in strange clothes versus bearded hippies in strange clothes.)


43 posted on 01/04/2014 6:49:18 PM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: mandaladon

Sure, we’ll listen to Rolling Stone. After they showed their unmatchable sophistication by putting a terrorist on their cover.


44 posted on 01/04/2014 6:50:13 PM PST by firebrand
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To: Steve_Seattle

Leftists also want to bury old dead white men and their wisdom and achievments.

But of course not Marx or Trotsky or Stalin or even (near-dead) Castro with his boot on the neck of millions of blacks.


45 posted on 01/04/2014 7:02:20 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: SamAdams76

That’s a screen cap from STALKER: Call of Pripyat, right?


46 posted on 01/04/2014 7:23:06 PM PST by Noumenon (Resistance. Restoration. Retribution.)
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To: tet68
The easiest and most direct solution is for the government to guarantee that everyone who wants to contribute productively to society is able to earn a decent living in the public sector...

The BEM (Booger Eating Moron) who wrote the article referred to FDR's NRA as a great idea. It did put a lot of people to work. People who were desperate to work, because they had no notion of "welfare," "food stamps," "unemployment insurance," and hundreds of other state and federal support programs, that for all intents and purposes, rewards long term joblessness.

To put it bluntly, they didn't have 60+ years of training NOT to work for their grandparents and parents. A great number of the unemployed have no will to work, work ethic, nor the patience to work hard to achieve what they want. Not all, but a high number. A few years back, an incredibly busy BBQ restaurant in Olathe, KS has to close, because they couldn't find enough employees in a city teaming with teens and twenty-somethings from middle class and affluent neighborhood. They were offering starting wages over $10/hr, and they couldn't find enough workers. They even went so far as to set up transportation, driving people from the KCMO "inner city" the 25 or so miles, each way, to the jobs, but after the first or second paycheck, they stopped working. They had to close the restaurant.

Of course the author misses the point that when someone doesn’t want to contribute to society, they will be FORCED to contribute, and not necessarily in the work of their choice, OR the location of their choice. Do they think they can just pack up and move anywhere?Sorry not allowed.

You make a very good point here. And even if they did want to pack up and move, where would they go?

Mark

47 posted on 01/04/2014 7:23:55 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: DaveyB
everyone will be gorgeous with free plastic surgery

So burger flippers would make the same wages as a neurosurgeon? This BEM ("Booger Eating Moron") doesn't realize that his perfect view of communism has been implemented and can be viewed quire easily, since those societies are incredibly successful. All you have to do is find a bee hive or an ant colony. These societies have a strict cast system, and their entire lives are dedicated to the hive, with no self interest.

That's where the idea of communism fails: Human Nature, and wishing to improve one's life is a part of humanity. With total equality, why would anyone sacrifice to do a really difficult job, when there's incentive. Why would medical students go through residency for years of long hours and low dollars if there's no financial incentive to do so. Which is why communist governments do all they can take away peoples' humanity. Of course, as with the insect hive, there's a strict cast system, but rather than being imposed by biology, the government imposes the cast system on the population, usually at a terrible human cost, for example, Stalin's oppression of the Ukraine, where between 4 and 10 million Ukrainians were methodically starved to death in less than 3 years, a rate even faster than Hitler's genocide against the Jews.

Mark

48 posted on 01/04/2014 7:56:12 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: freekitty
Dictators work on whims. I would be careful Rolling Stone. You may get what you think you wish for.

After many "revolutions," the people who helped tip the balance for the "new boss" are quite often "eliminated," for the simple reason that if they could help bring down a government once, what would stop them from doing it again..."

Mark

49 posted on 01/04/2014 8:03:00 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: mandaladon

I retired at 62 years old because the actuary tables said I would get more money from the government via social security than if I waited until I was 66 and eligible for full retirement social security benefits. The government is betting that you die early.

At my income level I was paying the max to social security every year. The government actually lost money by my early retirement. If I was allowed to work full time and also draw social security at 62 years of age I would have. I know how to add and subtract, thus I retired.


50 posted on 01/04/2014 8:47:01 PM PST by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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