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If Republicans Want to Win, They Must Stop Talking about Capitalism
American Thinker ^ | January 18, 2012 | Selwyn Duke

Posted on 01/18/2012 12:43:46 AM PST by neverdem

One of the simplest rhetorical truths is that the side that defines the vocabulary of a debate wins the debate. Yet, amazingly, we still see experienced conservative politicians with access to advanced polling operations and an array of advisors use the Lexicon of the Left. And this election cycle is no exception.

I could almost cringe when I hear -- as I did repeatedly during Monday's South Carolina GOP debate -- Republicans talk about "capitalism." "I believe in capitalism..." "Barack Obama doesn't believe in capitalism..." Capitalism this and capitalism that -- look at me with my plump wallet, walking stick, and tony top hat. Oh, it's not that I don't believe in free enterprise; it's that we shouldn't use words that conjure up sentiments akin to the preceding rhyme.

And polls inform that this is precisely what "capitalism" does. For example, Pew Research Center reports, "[s]lightly more than half (52%) react positively to the word 'capitalism,' compared with 37% who say they have a negative reaction." According with this is a 2009 Rasmussen poll showing that, shockingly, "only 53% of American adults believe capitalism is better..."

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Some may now lament how we have allowed the left to demonize our terminology. But "capitalism" in the modern sense was never ours -- and the left didn't demonize it.

They spawned it.

In point of fact, it was originated by communism's founding fathers.

The two culprits were French socialists Louis Blanc and Pierre-Joseph Proudhon. True believers both, Blanc claimed that man's evils were the result of pressures born of competition and gave us the principle "From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs" (Karl Marx stole it from Blanc), while the equally radical Proudhon believed that "property is theft." Of course, Marx the great imitator then popularized "capitalism."...

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: capitalism
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To: Paladins Prayer; Admin Moderator

This is your link?

http://resurgence.opendemocracy.net/index.php/Capitalism

I hope you realize that your source, Open Democracy, is an off shoot of Open Society...a George Soros foundation.

http://www.opendemocracy.net/about/supporters

Click on the open society link and this is what you find.

http://www.soros.org/

Either you are a very well uninformed individual, or you are a troll.

IMO, troll.


51 posted on 01/20/2012 12:11:22 AM PST by dixiechick2000 (Proud barbarian TEA Party SOB and an evil Capitalist.)
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To: dixiechick2000

Okay, then here is the Von Mises Institute: http://blog.mises.org/18822/marx-was-right-about-capitalism/

Quote, “The term “capitalism” was introduced by anti-capitalists but not by Marx. Its most notable early appearance is in Louis Blanc’s Organisation du Travail (1840), published while Marx was still a grad student in Berlin.”

Oh, by the way, you earlier claimed that Wikipedia didn’t say that the word’s modern sense was originated by communists. You’re wrong. Wiki states, “The initial usage of the term capitalism in its modern sense has been attributed to Louis Blanc in 1850 and Pierre-Joseph Proudhon in 1861.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitalism#Etymology_and_early_usage


52 posted on 01/20/2012 8:23:23 AM PST by Paladins Prayer
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To: Paladins Prayer

“In December 1981, Ludwig von Mises’s widow Margit gave her approval to Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. to found the Mises Institute. It was formally established in October 1982 and located in Auburn, Alabama. Today, Rockwell serves as chairman and Douglas French is the president.”

Is this the same Lew Rockwell that we have come to know and despise?

The fact that it’s located in Alabama makes no difference to me.

So is the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Hint...conservatives don’t like them, either.


53 posted on 01/21/2012 12:20:23 AM PST by dixiechick2000 (Proud barbarian TEA Party SOB and an evil Capitalist.)
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To: neverdem

Crony communism is getting rich by stealing from taxpayers, consumers, producers, investors, etc., and then trying to call it capitalism.


54 posted on 01/21/2012 12:32:16 AM PST by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: Paladins Prayer

“Oh, by the way, you earlier claimed that Wikipedia didn’t say that the word’s modern sense was originated by communists”

I didn’t say that at all, so don’t put words in my mouth.

“However, I don’t believe that the word was originated by communists.”

I said nothing about the “modern sense.”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2834311/posts?page=44#44

Troll.....and RuPaul supporter.


55 posted on 01/21/2012 12:41:36 AM PST by dixiechick2000 (Proud barbarian TEA Party SOB and an evil Capitalist.)
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