So I'd like to ask this question; Is there any real rationality to the extreme prejudice that "socialists" elicit from Americans? its become commonplace rhetoric in politics nowadays, and yet, people who are "true" socialists (ie define themselves politically as communist or socialist" have a very low approval of current happenings.
not only that, but there seems to be a fervent hatred of socialism whilst most people would, in concept, agree with its basic tenants. I understand that a fear of "communism" has been engrained in americans over the last 60 years from the cold war, and honestly i do know the answer to my own question, but moderate socialism is far from evil in almost every respect. socialism nowadays equates to ownership by the majority, not the governmental entity so much. healthcare and education are considered public rights, and businesses are owned by the workers, not a select few who are considerably wealthier and whose main interest is in profitability, not quality for the worker directly.
this goes without mentioning that the american idea of "complete capitalism" and " FREE enterprise" are economic ideas that are equally as flawed as the ideas and tenants of communism itself. instead of one governmental entity controlling commerce, it is controlled by the most powerful entities inside commerce itself; without anti-trust legislation monopolies would become exponentially powerful, creating almost war-lord like regimes that would have the power to dominate sectors of public life. we do not live in a "free enterprise" system, it has been tempered to stop monopolies from gaining too much power, but what people don't seem to understand is that communism and capitalism are two opposite ends of a spectrum, and total submission to either extreme is fundamentally flawed, that there needs to be a medium. that is where Europe is right now, and while there are problems with the systems, they are evolving to a more adapted state, while we are fighting against the flow of progress.
like i said, i know the answer to my question. Why are people so resistant? because they are ignorant. the American people are ignorant, in so many fashions, and willing to believe exactly what they are told. disagree, agree? let me know, this is my first thread and would like to make it a good one.