Re: The Colors of Socialism

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From: Kragen Sitaker (
Date: Thu Oct 19 2000 - 14:50:57 PDT

Yangkun Zhang writes:
> . . . No more pin-up pictures of John Reed and Emma Goldman.
> Old-fashioned red socialism has faded into memory, . . . Yet socialist ideals
> survive in new guises. . . .
> Socialists and socialist wannabes haven't really changed their
> goals--they've just changed their colors. . . .
> But beneath the surface, they all pay devotion to the same
> master: a more powerful government. What follows is a brief spectroscopic
> analysis of our varied modern socialisms.

Folks who used to have pinups of Red Emma pay devotion to a more
powerful government? That's a bit of a stretch, don't you think?
Wotzisname here is doing a pretty shallow "analysis".

The rest of the article describes Medicare, Social Security, the NEA,
the Consumer Product Safety Commission, arms control treaties, the
interstate highway system, public schools, and the welfare system, as
socialist institutions.

Hey, if that's socialism, bring it on, baby!

<>       Kragen Sitaker     <>
Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves
                -- Gandalf the Grey [J.R.R. Tolkien, "Lord of the Rings"]

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