It's like most things designed to scare you. If an expert says something is good or bad then we believe what we are told. No one questions science, we just accept it as true. Doesn't matter that it is riddled with errors or assumptions, we uninformed receptacles accept it blindly unthinking about what is good or right for us.
So it is with socialism. It's been tainted by lies and assumptions, guesses and profiling, especially by examples like Russia and its collapse. Doesn't matter that it was just another totalitarian system that had little to do with real socialism, but we are much too busy to stop and read the information ourselves and develop an opinion based on some form of intelligent unbiased investigation. We can't be neutral when we're in it up to our necks.
The first thing that Lenin and Trotsky did was eliminate the Soviets; groups of people who discussed their issues and passed them on to higher authorities. They had no intention of letting the people help with the countries direction outside of serving the oligarchies demands. It was rigged from the start to provide for the few. Sounds not that much different than what we live under.
That it failed is obvious as it was not even remotely socialist.
No, we depend on these experts to teach us what to believe and not believe as true. It is athematic to our brainwashing that the dominant force has carte blanche to develop to its full potential to use on us. If your mother was in a country that no longer provided protection or adhered to the social contract any more, then she would be thrust upon you or another member of the family to deal with. But this cuts into your working time and so we have old age day/night care provided. If it gets too expensive for the Guv, then they will remove it.
I must say that shoes assessment is right on and really illustrates the propaganda that we are fed. As leftys post shows, we just naturally answer or believe what they want us to say, as if it was meant to be taught in this fashion. When all voices are one for or against something, then it is either good, or well rooted in the psyche for alterior reasons. Here in Canada with our `mini-Bush`Harper, we're losing our safety net loop by loop as the American formula is fed and supported by funding from your country as we slowly integrate the privatizing agenda, so it is getting much tougher here. But our healthcare and gay marriage legislature will require lots of work for them to remove and so it will take the NAFTA rules perhaps that will be used to end them as unfair trade practices, and the Nafta courts may try to use its power to end them here. We are under attack as well, and your government and religious fundies are secretly(not secret in Canada) working and paying to end our partial socialist ideals. Our pot laws don`t help with your guv`s leaving us alone and acceptance of gays is a craw in our conservatives throat. But, our supreme court has been filled by liberals for so many years that for now we are safe- the key words are FOR NOW. What will happen if Harper and the conservatives remain with US support, then things may change quickly. Seems Canada just wants to rub salt into America`s policies and thumb our noses at them.
Paranoia seems to reign supreme in our lives. Is it because we know we're being lied to, but can't figure out how to deal with it or recognize it that causes it or is it intelligently designed to achieve ends we don`t know? Letters like this remind us of the fears we are fed daily that grow into more Othering.