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There are many reasons I’m proud of our Franquemont family. This post below by, Dan Franquemont, is one of them. He writes distinctly to a point that seems to divide so much of our society at this day and age in American history.  The difference between Socialism, a free capitalistic market and democratic Socialism is well laid out by, Dan. And, this is very important for voters to know before terms start flying about as we approach our next Nation Election. Of course, the labeling war has begun and in many ways so has the misdirection from the Right and the Left.

Thanks again, Dan, for keeping us straight and on target.

The truth is that unfettered capitalism is as failing a system as any. For the last 50 years the largest corporations have had laws preventing monopolies and extremist capitalism undermined by chipping way at the restrictions which has led to the mess we are in. Just a little bit every few years. I am a capitalist but I recognize that it’s wrong to corner the market in one way or another and then charge whatever I want or to conspire with other providers to rig the pricing. That is essentially what has happened now. That is how drug price quadrupled over the past decade. It is what led to the system failure in 2008. Most rules of decency in capitalism (regulation) have been discarded and then they say they are just following the law and they are doing nothing wrong. With all of the layers of corporate organization no one has a conscience driving the morality of the corporation’s actions and there is no accountability. Meanwhile the middle class is shrinking. Unfettered capitalism is not sustainable. Regulated Capitalism is the only sane alternative. Some systems need more regulation than others. Healthcare companies, Internet companies, Information systems, Utility companies, Water, Land-use, and Food Supply come to mind as a matter of course. Socialism comes in to play in whatever we decide an unalienable right is. I say good health is not but healthcare is. I say access to power and clean water is. Safe roads and communities are. I say the food supply may not be contaminated either willfully or un-willfully. This is all socialism. When it is a free democracy, as is ours, it is democratic socialism.”

One Meme shows a family driving a car built at a government bailed out car plant, across government built roads using social security money to buy government price controlled gas to get to a State Park as they complain about any type of socialism…we have to laugh.

Cheers

Franque23

 

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