The simple fact is that Capitalism has been responsible for the raising of millions from poverty.
It did a pretty good job of sinking me and millions of others into poverty in 2008. Current income inequality is steadily sinking millions more into poverty as we speak. That's capitalism in action. You've perhaps heard of the Great Depression? Capitalism in action.
World War II? Capitalism in action. More recently the aforementioned Great Recession and the Iraqi and Afghan wars? Capitalism in action.
A handful of billionaires holding more wealth than the rest of the nation? F*cking capitalism in action. Young people dying because they have to ration their insulin? Capitalism in action.
Global Goddam Warming!!! The icecaps melting and our very survival as a species in question? Yes indeedy, that would be capitalism in action.
But it has indeed raised up some millionaires into billionaires and CEOs worldwide into the upper economic stratosphere but most of us are just barely getting by.
Speaking of social democracy have you seen the headline over at Huffpo?
Republicans Have Been Smearing Democrats As Socialists Since Way Before You Were Born
Republicans believe they have hit on a bold, brand new line of attack that is sure to doom Democrats heading into the 2020 elections. President Donald Trump made it a central point of his State of the Union. Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), head of the National Republican Congressional Committee, promises to bring this fresh hit in his party’s effort to regain control of the House.
The big plan is to ― wait for it ― attack Democrats as socialists.
“Socialism is the greatest vulnerability by far that the House Democrats have,” Emmer told the New York Times.
As any American who has developed to the stage of object permanence can tell you, this isn’t a new plan. It is, in fact, the oldest trick in the book.
Every single political actor since the late 19th century advocating for some form progressive social change ― whether it be economic reform, challenging America’s racial caste system or advocating for women’s rights or LGBT rights ― has been tarred as a socialist or a communist bent on destroying the American Free Enterprise System.
Those of us who believe in Utopian Social Democracy (would it suit you better if I called it that? Are pretty much used to being slandered as the Socialists of your imagination, which is largely a product of conservative brainwashing since the day you became politically aware.
We don't care anymore. If that one word is enough for you to re-elect Donald Trump rather than a Democrat who wants to give everyone a leg up then, dude, go for it! Donald Trump is also....capitalism in action. Lifting up millions more from poverty every day.
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