We’ve all been Socialists once and we will likely all be Socialists again. Socialism is an ideology focused on helping the masses. And after a global pandemic where millions have been hurt through no fault of their own, Socialism should rise again in popularity again.
When we were growing up, we had to depend on our parents to survive. They redistributed their wealth to care for us helpless kids. In a way, we were Socialists depending on others.
Therefore, it’s with great dismay when I see kids and teenagers disrespecting their parents. Without them, they’d be nowhere. Kids need to listen to their parents, thank them for all they’ve done and give back when they can.
Instead, I’m I see more adult children rely on their parents for everything nowadays. I’m talking getting their parents to pay for their car, a 20% down payment on a house, and so forth.
When we retire, we depend on government through Medicare and dependable Social Security to take care of us. The reason is, most American haven’t saved or invested enough to care for our own.
You’d think it would be rational to save a good percentage of your money every year, so that after 30 years you’ll have millions of dollars. However, example after example says otherwise. The retirement balance by age in America demonstrates millions must rely on the government.
The government redistributes wealth from the richer working population who likely won’t need Medicare and Social Security and funnels their income to the rest.
Therefore, it also dismays me when people who receive support from the government debase the rich for not paying their fair share. They are paying for you as money doesn’t come out of thin air.
Socialism Allows For Better Equality
There’s nothing wrong with being a Socialist and believing in the ideals of Socialism so long as we’re the ones benefiting. It’s only logical to want to promote Socialism if you don’t have the constant drive to outperform.
Not everybody is Superman, and nor should they be. Socialism provides a comfort that we will always be taken care of, no matter how little we try. Imagine getting 60 months of unemployment through my Shock & Awe Yeah program instead of only 99 weeks, how much better work would be. Or what about the $600/week in enhanced unemployment benefits during the pandemic? I spoke to several people who made more while unemployed than while working.
By eliminating the constant stress of competition and survival, we become happier as we focus our attention on more important things such as family, friends, and living the good life. Comparing ourselves to others and always trying to surpass the Jones is a straight route to unhappiness.
Socialism is why Universal Healthcare, also known as the Affordable Care Act is critical to the promotion of a better America. Genetic diseases do not discriminate between the poor or rich. Millionaires can even get healthcare subsidies if they have income equal to 400% or less of the latest Federal Poverty Limits by household number.
Getting wealthy is relatively easy with effort and time. Sooner or later, we’ll all become 401k millionaires with enough time. However, no matter how healthy you eat and how often you work out, if you are genetically destined to get cancer, you will get it, and may likely die.
You shouldn’t be denied health-care just because you are poor and cannot afford it. You shouldn’t have to go bankrupt just because of an illness. In a country as rich as ours, every US citizen deserves a health-care safety net.
It’s easy to shoot down Socialism because of the belief that it breeds laziness. Why should I work hard if someone else doesn’t and gets paid the same?
Socialism isn’t about that. It’s about making sure everybody has a minimal standard quality of living. The below story is something to ponder.
A Parable About Socialism
A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many her age, she considered herself to be a very liberal Democrat and very much in favor of higher taxes to redistribute wealth to support more government programs that help others such as herself.
She was deeply ashamed of her staunch Republican father, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his and not share it with the rest of society.
One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs. He responded by asking how she was doing in school.
Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn’t even have time for a boyfriend, and didn’t really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying.
Her father listened and then asked, ‘How is your friend Audrey doing?’ She replied, ‘Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies, and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She’s always invited to all the parties and lots of times she doesn’t even show up for classes because she’s too hung over.’
Her selfish father asked his daughter, ‘Why don’t you go to the Dean’s office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.’
The daughter, visibly shocked by her father’s suggestion, angrily fired back, ‘That’s a crazy idea, how would that be fair! I’ve worked really hard for my grades! I’ve invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!’
The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, ‘Welcome to the conservative’s philosophy.’
A Father And Socialism
Now that I’m a father of two, it’s interesting to read the parable about Socialism. I want my children to work hard and do well. At the same time, I understand the world is a brutally competitive place.
Due to extreme competition, I’m noticing some really depressed kids. There are even annual stories about kids committing suicide due to so much school pressure. That is absolutely terrible.
With a more Socialist culture, kids can enjoy their youth more. The pressure to get straight As and a high SAT or ACT score dissipates. Doing so much to get into Harvard to only end up a nobody is pointless.
Parents just want their kids to be happy. If their kids can do something meaningful with their lives and find someone who loves them, that’s all a parent really wants.
There Will Be War Without Socialism
Some of us believe that grades don’t matter because we think we are all special. Hard work is for those who aren’t smart enough to work smarter. What matters is that we eliminate the classes by narrowing the ever increasing gap between the rich and poor.
It’s unbelievable how wealthy some have become over the past couple decades. Meanwhile, the middle-to-lower income people continually get squeezed. Jeff Bezos has donated less than 3% of his fortune, yet he’s worth over $150B before his divorce. Who can spend it all?
It’s not right, and I know everybody knows this.
One day, a random hoodlum started barking at me on the subway. My golf clubs were taking too much space in a half-empty cart. How disconcerting.
When they call you curse words you take out your driver, wield it with a crazy look in your eye and ask, “What the fuck is your problem punk?!“. You have to stand up for yourself and fight back in this world of Capitalism. You might get beat up, or they might cower away, apologize and ask you to forget about it like they did after I was about to start swinging.
In Socialist society, the punk kid may have less anxiety and rage to lash out against someone who was minding their own business on the subway.
All his fears about living a low class life forever would melt away because he knew he’d be guaranteed a decent standard of living under Socialism.
With Capitalism, there’s immediate tension thanks to class warfare. Class warfare is why it’s important to adopt Stealth Wealth if you’ve seen your fortune grow over the years.
There’s resentment against anybody, whether true or false who might have it better than you. That’s no good for happiness.
Accept & Embrace Socialism
We need to embrace Socialism for the foreseeable future. This is where our society is heading and there’s no point fighting it. I’ve seen the future and it looks much like many European countries. And you know what? Many of its citizens are happy!
Joe Biden is now the President of the United States who will be expanding our social safety net. Rockstars in Congress like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have risen to power due to the desire for Democratic Socialism. Read the room. The people want change.
Keep your head down and do not brag about your successes. Always try and keep as low a profile as you can. We are in this economic fight together. Let’s help out our comrades today.
If you’ve been thinking about retiring or are close to retiring, I think retiring with Joe Biden as President is a good idea. I retired in 2012 when Obama was President. I plan to retire again in 2022. I’m burned out and need a break from Capitalism.
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