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Democratic Socialists – put the fox in charge of the hen  house 🐓

This is what Sen Sanders claims to be. 

No wonder he sounds so naive in his views; let the masses control economic decisions. The workers and consumers who can’t handle their own mini economies, can’t handle their own debt or spending or saving?

Want a good example of this philosophy gone wild? Look to public employee unions and their alliance with politicians and there you find a perfect example of acting only in a faction’s best interests at the expense of the majority. 

If resources are used only to make money, how does that happen unless a human need fulfilled generates that money? Is that not true from oil and minerals to food and housing? 

Can capitalists make money from anything workers and consumers don’t need or desire? 

Democratic socialists do not want to create an all-powerful government bureaucracy. But we do not want big corporate bureaucracies to control our society either. Rather, we believe that social and economic decisions should be made by those whom they most affect.

Today, corporate executives who answer only to themselves and a few wealthy stockholders make basic economic decisions affecting millions of people. Resources are used to make money for capitalists rather than to meet human needs. We believe that the workers and consumers who are affected by economic institutions should own and control them.

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  1. There are two opposite views of government involvement in the economy: one, total involvement; the other, total non-involvement. Few people in the U.S. subscribe to either of the extremes, but it is the messy middle that we argue about.

    Here is an example of recent government involvement in the economy that made things worse, for both workers and consumers: The owner’s of Albertson’s bought Safeway about two years ago. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) decided in their wisdom that as a condition of the merger, both Safeway and Albertson’s would have to sell hundreds of stores to third parties in order that Safeway/Albertson would not “monopolize” grocery buying in areas where both operated. Sound good?

    The result was that a small Northwest grocery chain, Hagens, was persuaded by all parties to buy a large number of stores. Hagens could not handle the sudden expansion, all but a few were closed within a year. Many former employees of Safeway/Albertson’s lost their jobs at the same time. Consumers had fewer stores. If the FTC had stayed out of the way, there would have been a gradual selling and closing of stores over a period of several years.

    Do we get the government we pay for? Yes, unfortunately in this case.

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  2. Maybe these socialist should see the 1984 Apple’s Macintosh Super Bowl Commercial since most probably were not born. Then they can tweet on their iPhone that a capitalist did not provide for human needs that nobody even knew existed. If it was up to the collective or by the lack of decisions by government then we would have a choice of one color, gray, with everybody treated the same and doing the same thing, like drones in that commercial.

    Today’s socialist do not have very many counties left to look at examples of how true this was since many socialist countries have failed since the 1980’s.

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