Originally Posted by Paul3144
I think what all you people don't get is that democratic socialism fully supports individual liberties. I'm a socialist and a strong supporter of protecting civil liberties. I fully support the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Florida. When I was a decennial Census worker I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
What I want to do is extend democratic principles into the economy. We know that cooperative institutions can work. For example, the credit union movement has been very successful. Credit unions didn't wreck the economy; the big banks did. I'm a member of a small credit union for people with my religious affiliation. I love my credit union because I get good service from the employees and I get a free share draft account with a debit card.
The only downside is sometimes people look down on me for being a socialist. I see it on this board sometimes. One time, I told someone from church that I'm a socialist and now she thinks I'm a weirdo.
No... It GIVES THE IMPRESSION that it supports liberty because the people still have some say in the election of their masters.
The ENTIRE concept of socialism, from beginning to end, has its roots in utopian centralized control by an individual or group of individuals OVER and ABOVE the general populace, who "naturally" do not know what is best for them.
Contrast that worldview with John Locke, who promulgated the founding view of America, in that ALL PEOPLE have GOD-GIVEN rights that government cannot control, and those rights are individual freedom, liberty, and the ability to prosper towards a happy life because "naturally" men desire to be their own masters instead of serving masters.