Because of Joe Stiglitz, I need to explain socialism so the People won't make the mistake of going down Joe's path to Hell

If the evolving meaning of socialism strikes you as an inventive bit of rebranding, Mr. Stiglitz believes the conservative idea of American capitalism as an unfettered free-market system is itself a myth.

“There is no Darwinian capitalism,” he said. “Everybody would say you need some degree of regulation of banks. I mean, no one is talking about real laissez-faire banking.”

Even the word “capitalist” has evolved, Mr. Stiglitz said. It is only since the late 20th century and the rise of the economist Milton Friedman, he contends, that “capitalist” stopped being a dirty word. It was once used in what he called “a pejorative way.”

Capitalists were “people who were exploiting workers,” he said. [Source]

Well, he's completely wrong about when capitalist stopped being a dirty word. It was long before Friedman. Plus, it was never a dirty word with everyone when used the way Adam Smith actually meant it, not laissez-faire, but regulated. It was always a dirty word in the eyes of socialists.

Joe is afraid of socialists, the real ones. He doesn't want the capitalists to lose. He'll claim its because capitalism when done Joe's way is better at lifting the People than is pure socialism. I disagree with him profoundly.

Here's how to think about real socialism, which is when the People collectively own the means of production.

Most people who are reasonably educated know about employee ownership. There are companies owned by the employees. Most of those same people know about democracy in the workplace. When employee ownership and democracy in the workplace are combined, that's democratic socialism on the company scale. Now, scale that up to the nation-state, and you have democratic socialism on the national scale. That's really all there is to it.

Do all employee-owned companies do well? No. Do all capitalist-owned companies do well? No. Does democracy in the workplace guarantee success? No. Does the absence of it guarantee success? No.

What causes success? Wise investments, good decisions, and proper effort.

What are the main arguments against socialism? You hear it all the time. Socialism has never worked and can't work. The reason given is that workers will be lazy. However, if that's true, why are there successful employee-owned companies where decisions are made democratically? Those companies are successful because everyone employed by them has an equal share in the ownership and hence the profits. They are incentivized. The same holds for a democratic-socialist nation-state. Every citizen has an equal ownership in the proceeds and is thereby incentivized just as with the employee-owned company and just as with the capitalist in a capitalist-owned company. To top it off, the socialists are further incentivized by their ethic of giving and sharing, their inherent altruism. It isn't just profits to themselves that drives them.

So you see, the issue isn't which form works or doesn't. The issue is the spirit. If we raise up the right spirit, socialism at the nation-state level can't fail simply for being socialism. It only fails due to capitalist greed (such as Donald Trump's) coveting what the whole People own together under socialism. That greed drives capitalists to violence and lies and all manner of wickedness to take from the People what is there's by God.

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Farce: Democratic National Committee v. The Russian Federation, 18-cv-03501, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan)

While much of the U.S. was poring over the Mueller Report, the Democratic National Committee argued Thursday that its civil suit against President Donald Trump, the Russian Federation, WikiLeaks and members of the Trump campaign and White House should go forward.

The DNC claims the defendants violated U.S. racketeering, computer fraud and other laws by conspiring to hack emails from DNC computers and leak them in advance of the 2016 election in a "brazen attack on American democracy." [Source]

"brazen attack on American democracy"? How about attack on DNC and Clinton-campaign fraud to keep Bernie Sanders from obtaining the Democratic nomination? Yep, that'll do it.

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Here's how Trump should handle the Mueller investigation/report & Russiagate in general

Order a team to go back to the very first published or publicly recorded who, what, where, when, and why concerning all of the following:

  1. Collaboration rumors
  2. Allegations of Russian government hacking
  3. Allegations of Russian non-government hacking
  4. Allegations of Russian government interference in the 2016 election
  5. Allegations of Russian non-government interference in the 2016 election
  6. Point-by-point refutations concerning the above, including those made by progressives
  7. U.S. government actions concerning the above, including actions of the FISA court

Have the team put everything in chronological order, timeline fashion.

Focus upon who started the rumors and allegations.

Focus most importantly on the legal standards applied by the FISA court. Exactly what information was given to the court? Did the court ask the right questions? If not, why not?

Pardon everyone who was charged or convicted as a result of bad-faith investigations.

If law-enforcement discovers illegality while acting on good faith (law-enforcement had reasonable, constitutional grounds for suspecting possible illegality, applied proper legal procedures while conducting an investigation, and discovered other illegality), the US Supreme Court would likely let it stand. If, on the other hand, law-enforcement discovers illegality while acting in bad faith, the US Supreme Court should definitely overturn any charges or convictions. Therefore, why wait?

The reason for the good-faith threshold at a minimum is obvious. Without it, law-enforcement could embark upon any investigation it wants without reasonable suspicion or probable cause and simply hope to find some illegality no matter how trivial. The minimum threshold is exactly why the Bill of Rights is in the Constitution. Any person could be harassed. The only risk law-enforcement would run is not finding any legal infraction(s) whatsoever.

Charge everyone (and I mean everyone) with treason who was in a position of rather high governmental power and who started a rumor or allegation and consistently followed up on it and never renounced it, where there was no reasonable basis for the allegation and the person had reason to know it. Also, stupidity is no excuse at such levels.

By the way, I'm a radical progressive.

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Video: Democratic socialism always fails on its own. Sanctions & violence against it have nothing to do with it. Sure, sure. Tell me another whopper.

Collective leader: "We were able to buy this property with the support of the Bolivarian government":

"In March, one of the leaders of a youth collective in Caracas explained the importance of the space to the community, noting:

"We are a group of young revolutionaries especially focused on cultural activities, artistic, historic, musical activities.

We have a range of projects. One is a series of training courses for young people who look to set up productive social economical projects. We work on many social economical projects on a micro level in the community. We have a small shop where people can sell products they make in their homes. We have a coffee shop where we generate the finances to keep the building maintained.

This is just one of a number of similar projects across the country that began with the revolution.

This space provides very important support for a number of different collectives and grassroots organizations in the community especially focused on youth groups and projects. This is also a space a number of grassroots organizations in the community use to meet to organize activities, so the CLAP organization, the communal council, the pensioners organization, and a number of other ones.

We were able to buy this property with the support of the Bolivarian government. In Venezuela, there are many people leaving, migrating, abandoning their properties. People who think this is a 'dictatorship', who don't like the revolution.

Our first project here was to set up a coffee shop and start selling food to the community. But we've since developed and now have a youth cinema for the community, yoga, and other cultural projects. We have a small productive garden where we produce some of the agricultural products that we sell in the coffee shop.

Despite the electrical sabotage we have suffered in the last few days, people have started organizing in their communities. This cultural centre has been used as a logistical centre and posit for drinking water being distributed to the community.

Since the arrival of Hugo Chavez, popular organization has been very important. There's been strong support by the Venezuelan youth for these projects.

The economic blockade against the country has led us to acquire a higher level of consciousness about the need to produce in urban spaces certain agricultural products. This is an example that despite all of the difficulties in the country, it is possible to set up successful projects like this, and there are a number of young people in Venezuela who want to remain here and work towards the advancing of the country.

The sanctions have really affected us, especially in the food sector. This is a project that works in the productive growing of crops and selling of food. Finding the materials we need for this is harder every day, in part due to the hyper inflation which is partly due to the sanctions.

As a woman, the sanctions and blockade have a great impact myself and other women. It's very difficult or expensive to find products we don't produce in Venezuela: contraceptives, sanitary pads, diapers, baby formula...and this has had a great impact on the daily life of women here, more so than other sectors of society.

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Utter Nonsense: "'Democratic socialists' Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez, and Tlaib prefer socialism to democracy"

"... but when they started to nationalize industries or make it too difficult to do business, their economies began to sink." That's what Joshua Muravchik claims proves that democratic socialism can't work. However, he doesn't tell you that their economies began to sink because of the heavy sanctions and other pressures, often extremely violent, heaped upon them by anti-democratic capitalists.

Muravchik is now an apologist for anti-democratic regime change carried out by fascist neocons. Maduro is not the dictator of Venezuela, Donald Trump is via John Bolton via Elliott Abrams via Juan Guaido. You don't see the poor people of Venezuela rising up against Maduro. You see the rich whites and their brown, wealthy allies trying to destroy the ability of the poor to organize and vote locally and to share the wealth of Venezuela's material resources, which the neocon-fascists openly covet.

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Elizabeth Warren is even more off base on grounds for impeachment than are Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib, and Omar

Mueller's report, which was released on Thursday, presented "facts showing that a hostile foreign government attacked our 2016 election to help Donald Trump and Donald Trump welcomed that help,” Warren wrote. “Once elected, Donald Trump obstructed the investigation into that attack.”

Warren was a law professor. Presenting allegations is not presenting facts. Presenting facts is not proving guilt. Everything that was hacked by parties undisclosed and made public by WikiLeaks and others all pointed to wrongdoing by the Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign, not Donald Trump or his campaign.

I was for the release of the hacked materials. I'm glad the Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign were exposed for their illegal dealings.

Elizabeth Warren doesn't have a leg to stand on regarding any of this. She just hurt her chances to be nominated. She was doing fairly well rolling out some pretty decent program ideas too. Now her backing of Clinton over Sanders, even before it was shown Hillary cheated, will also come up again against Warren.

Mueller made allegations based upon unsubstantiated claims of the US security state, which is known for it's continual lying to drum up wars for war profiteers.

Warren is either shilling or a dupe.

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I couldn't disagree more with Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib, and Omar concerning their stated reasons for wanting to impeach Trump

Trump must be impeached over Mueller report obstruction of justice findings.

That article leaves out the one and only solid reason for impeachment: war crimes.

It was impossible for Trump to have obstructed justice. I've said it over and over. There was no justice in any of Russiagate. It was a totally made up farce from the very start. Everyone who had any brains and knowledge about Trump and Putin at all knew it for sure. Most of us said it too.

There were never sufficient grounds for investigating. The investigations that took place were completely crass politics.

Trump did the Constitution a disservice by not shutting the investigations down. He allowed a moronic, idiotic precedent to be established.

Let's pray the next President won't be so stupid if he or she is attacked in a like manner.

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Trump Admin Touts “First-Ever” Legal Campaign Against Private Food Clubs

I'm for regulations, but not bad regulations, not regulations that are solely designed to benefit those who are actually serving up that which is worse than what is being regulated out of business. Raw milk is not inherently worse than non-raw milk. In fact, it's better. If there is a problem with any raw milk, then test the milk in set batches (by volumne). If a batch passes, let the farmer sell it. It's not complicated.

Back at the start of his campaign for president, in September 2016, Donald Trump argued that the government could save well over $1 trillion by doing away with many food safety and environmental regulations. The campaign’s web site stated: ““The FDA Food Police… dictate how the federal government expects farmers to produce fruits and vegetables and even dictates the nutritional content of dog food….The rules govern the soil farmers use, farm and food production hygiene, food packaging, food temperatures and even what animals may roam which fields and when. It also greatly increased inspections of food ‘facilities,’ and levies new taxes to pay for this inspection overkill. My plan will embrace the truth that people flourish under a minimum government burden,”

His administration seems to have come full circle from that grandiose vision on food regulation; the arguments against the food police came down from his web site within a few days, and now the administration is giving full reign to the food regulators via a federal court action designed to take down raw dairy farmers and the hundreds of private food clubs they serve around the country. [Source]

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When will they grow up? "CNN and MSNBC in Complete MELTDOWN over Barr News Conference and Muller Report"

CNN and MSNBC in complete meltdown over Barr News Conference and Muller report and the finding of no collusion with Russia and no obstruction. These networks are so emotionally invested in this storyline which they have pushed for the past two years, that they are acting out of complete denial.

I say they're panicking. I say they've been trying to brainwash the public since the beginning, and they're scared to death that the People will turn on them and denounce them for all of their hysterical nonsense while the real issues went unaddressed.

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Land reform needed in England

Half of England is owned by less than 1% of its population ... You can’t make the best social use of it .... [Source]

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