WARNING: Some of the information you are about to read may appearing disturbing. Some may be fact, some may be opinion and some may be mischief, depending or your perspective You must use your own judgement.
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Now, there are important political processes going on around the world. If however you were to take your reference from the popular media there are only two. Firstly there is the British referendum to decide whether Britain stays in the European Union. Secondly, who will be the next president of the USA. Arguably both will have some influence upon the world in general and everyone seems to be paying attention. Naturally therefore, everyone gets all muddled up and about the terms used and the motivations of various groups; this of course is understandable because we all get easily confused. It is, therefore, thus I wish to lend my own small contribution.
This relates to the word ‘Socialism’. I feel it necessary to explain this term, as some people either feel it is an insult, or are applying it to folk who really don’t…err…deserve it (and you can take that either as not deserving an affront to their character, or are not worthy of the credit, depending on where you sit, or stand). Though to be fair it must also be acknowledged there is the question of perspective…
Wake up at the back there!!!
At the commencement of this discourse it is incumbent upon me as a socialist to put at rest the minds of many citizens of the USA. You do not actually have a socialist president, nor is one of the current candidates in the Democrat party a person who gain overwhelming support from the UK socialist movement. Actually, it is a feature of British left-wing politics that at no time does anyone have overwhelming support of the UK socialist movement. To be a prominent figure in the movement you must either be consider a traitor to socialism or a threat to the electability of the Labour Party. Of course one of the features of Socialism is that no one can really agree on what it means. The current UK Labour party purports to be to the left of the political debate, yet there is a strident largish minority who would dispute this, even with its current leader who according to some media outlets is a man whose sole aim in life is the bring down the entire UK.
With this in mind I shall elaborate and illustrate what a version of true socialism would be. This is also for the benefit of many UK citizens, who have not known of such a system of government unless they are at least in the 50 -60 age group.
In the first instance, the following would be under state control. Utilities, Transport, Education, Health Services, All Law, Security and Penal systems, the entire system of Civic Administration. There would be a large amount of public spending on public projects. (If we were on Social Media I would probably at this stage be accumulating ‘likes’ and approving comments- as no one from the opposing views bothers to read any left-wing ‘pages’; these being considered the preserve of social incorrigibles). Under a true Socialist System (unsettling smile); in addition to there being Civil Rights there would be Civil Responsibilities. Unemployed folk who are claiming state benefits, are healthy and not required for home care work would be allocated to public service jobs (no right of appeal- off you go). There would be stricter laws on gambling emporiums and establishments that sell alcohol (which would have a minimum price). Venues or events which cause a public nuisance by noise and unruly behaviour would be given the choice of being held in a very remote place or shutting down (no right of appeal). Whereas recreational drugs would be legalised, only government control establishments would sell them, and at those sites would they be used; no other alternatives. Media outlets would be ‘encouraged’ to display a more responsible and mature approach in their programming. (At this stage on Social Media my likes would start to disappear and there would be grumblings about Police State, and I would reply with even more mischievous statements referencing Civil Responsibilities.).
Now you see this is a version of Socialism, which I have no problem with, and which is why I smile fondly when I see the term used in the USA political debate. It is also a version of Socialism I like to use to socialists who seem to think the system is all about them being able to do what they want at public expense.
It is also why there was no point in me running for any public office.
It is also why I can go around making these statements just for the sheer fun of it.
(The Law & Order. Crime & Punishment details were left out on my darling wife’s strict instructions- She says people will laugh at my other statements as being typical for someone of my age and time; but my statements on the topics just mentioned will unsettle people).
In conclusion I trust I have put my friends in the USA at peace over the question of socialism, and as my wife predicted giving my fellow- Brits cause to have a good laugh).
Meanwhile I will sit hereabouts and chuckle over the circumstance that some people will never know if I was serious or not, or maybe which bits were or not, as the case may be.