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  • Americans under 30 more likely to resent the ultra-rich and support violence against the wealthy

    10/09/2019 2:14:18 PM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies ^ | 10/9/2019 | unknown
    Among Americans under 30, 52% say that ‘most’ rich people in the United States got rich ‘by taking advantage of other people.’ In contrast, a strong 72% majority of seniors over 65 say that most wealthy people in America ‘earned their wealth’ without exploiting people. Americans under 30 were also much more ambivalent toward capitalism and supportive of socialism. The survey found support for capitalism and socialism nearly evenly split among young Americans, with 49% saying they are favorable toward capitalism, and 50% saying they are favorable toward socialism.
  • How the Myth of the 'Robber Barons' Began—and Why It Persists

    09/14/2019 9:38:24 AM PDT · by TBP · 42 replies
    The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) ^ | Friday, September 21, 2018 | Burton W. Folsom
    We study history to learn from it. If we can discover what worked and what didn’t work, we can use this knowledge wisely to create a better future. Studying the triumph of American industry, for example, is important because it is the story of how the United States became the world’s leading economic power. Free markets worked well; government intervention usually failed. The years when this happened, from 1865 to the early 1900s, saw the U.S. encourage entrepreneurs indirectly by limiting government. Slavery was abolished and so was the income tax. Federal spending was slashed and federal budgets had surpluses...
  • California Set to Outlaw Independent Truckers [semi-satire]

    09/13/2019 5:44:20 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 15 Sep 2019 | John Semmens
    Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he will sign legislation that the California Trucking Association claims "will put tens of thousands of owner-operator truckers, who service agriculture, retail and other industry sectors, out of business." Newsom called owner-operated trucking "a no longer needed vestige of the past. I know that there is a certain kind of nostalgia for these modern day 'cowboys' driving goods around the state. But in the progressive future we envision for our state and the nation independent truckers are outside of the role required for a socially cooperative model of how the economy should operate. It...
  • Labor Day, Railroad Strike & Socialist Eugene Debs

    09/04/2019 1:03:11 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 6 replies
    American Minute ^ | September 02, 2019 | Bill Federer
    LABOR DAY To appreciate it, one needs to know the history preceding it. At the time the United States was founded, most people were farmers or worked in trades, such as blacksmiths, cobblers, bakers, upholsterers, etc. Then, the Industrial Revolution began when the Scottish inventor James Watt developed a steam engine to pump water out of coal mines. Steam and water were soon harnessed in the early 19th century to power pumps, railroads, ships, and factories, which mass produced products, such as textiles. This led to the creation of factories which could mass produce items inexpensively. Originally, there was no...
  • VANITY: Cutting Down on Purchasing Crap from China At Walmart - A Personal Story

    09/01/2019 11:13:28 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 97 replies
    Self ^ | 9/1/19 | Self
    Last week, my brother-in-law stopped by here in Southern Maryland for an overnight visit with my nephew. They were driving from New Hampshire to South Carolina, where my nephew attends college. Prior to the visit, I thought I’d get a new tablecloth and placemats to show off my cooking and decor abilities. I thought I’d get a new lightbulb to replace one from a set of multiples in the bathroom vanities. Maybe a new soap holder. Maybe a new computer desk lamp. Little things to make the house look nice. Stuff that I’d buy at the spur-of-the-moment from my local...
  • Poverty, the Compassion Cartel, and Environmental Racism

    08/24/2019 2:43:21 PM PDT · by Twotone · 13 replies
    American Policy Center ^ | August 5, 2019 | Tom DeWeese
    In 2006, I was surprised to find myself sitting at a formal dinner in the middle of a 200-year-old debating society at Cambridge University in England. In a few minutes I, and five others were about to engage in a debate over the usefulness of the United Nations. But here, for a few minutes longer, at the long dinner table with the crisp, white tablecloth, I was sitting next to one of my fellow debaters, Salis Shetty, the head of the UN’s Millennium Project. I had ignored him through most of the dinner, but with just a few minutes left...
  • New Poll Shows Gen Z Is Pretty Confused About Socialism, Capitalism, And More

    08/19/2019 5:15:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies ^ | August 19, 2019 | Timothy Meads
    As the 2019-2020 school year begins this fall, millions of high schoolers and college students will be heading into an academic rife with politicization and heated classroom discussions. But, how do students truly feel about issues such as socialism, free speech, health care, and illegal immigration? Do these kids aged 13-22, known as Gen Z, feel comfortable sharing their true opinions? Do they even know the basic concepts of what they are discussing? To find out, Young America's Foundation, "the nation’s premier organization for inspiring students on high school and college campuses with conservative ideas," teamed up with Echelon Insights...
  • Capitalism and greed are strangers: What is this threat from which socialists seek to save us?

    08/09/2019 6:57:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/09/2019 | Lloyd Brown
    Capitalism is getting a bad rap lately by the small but growing contingent of democratic socialists infecting Congress. So what exactly is this threat from which they seek to save us? Capitalism is based on free and voluntary exchange of goods. The only way you can prosper is to provide something other people want. If you are a farmer and produce wheat, someone else will exchange what he has produced (or use a medium of exchange such as money) to trade for your wheat. No one is forced to do anything. If you sell $1's worth of wheat to a...
  • Watermelons Use Green New Deal, Paris Treaty to Impose Socialism

    08/03/2019 8:13:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | August 3, 2019 | H. Sterling Burnett
    Many of my friends have long referred to environmentalists as “watermelons” — green on the outside, red on the inside. The idea being, because communism and socialism (interchangeable political/economic systems in practice) have failed everywhere they’ve been imposed, doctrinaire socialist zealots have embraced environmental causes as a Trojan horse. Their goal is simple: use environmental policies as a backdoor way to implement socialist policies in the Western democracies. After all, who doesn’t care about the environment? A recent admission by Saikat Chakrabarti, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) chief of staff, about the much-hyped Green New Deal (GND) reinforces the view socialists...
  • California Wants to Teach Your Kids That Capitalism Is Racist

    07/30/2019 8:30:06 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 30, 2019 | Williamson Evers
    California’s Education Department has issued an “Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum” and is soliciting public comments on it until Aug. 15. The legislatively mandated guide is a resource for teachers who want to instruct their students in the field of “ethnic studies,” and was written by an advisory board of teachers, academics and bureaucrats. It’s as bad as you imagine. Ethnic studies is described in the document as “the interdisciplinary study of race, ethnicity, and indigeneity with an emphasis on experiences of people of color in the United States.” But that’s not all it is. “It is the study of intersectional...
  • Ilhan Omar: End 'Capitalist System.' Guarantee Jobs, Housing, Medicare and Abortion for All

    07/17/2019 8:13:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 105 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/17/2019 | Terry Jeffrey
    In the new nation that Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota seeks to create, the "capitalist system" will be left behind in pursuit of a "fair and just economy" where the federal government guarantees everybody jobs, housing, health care and free abortions. How can we know this? She has declared it in writing. Omar's campaign website includes a section called "Ilhan's Vision." The agenda it presents contradicts foundational American principles -- particularly the rights to life and property -- that were spelt out in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The declaration says that "all men are created equal"...
  • How To Confront And Cross Examine Incompetent Marxist Educators

    07/12/2019 3:50:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | July 12, 2019 | Mike Adams
    Each summer, I spend several months at Summit Ministries in Manitou Springs, Colorado. While I am here, I give pro-life lectures as well as lectures on student free speech rights. Many of the students who attend Summit’s two-week worldview conferences ask me questions about how best to deal with difficult teachers and professors. Just this morning, a student asked such a question that was so important it requires a column-length response. First, let me supply a little background information. The student in question attends a public high school. Last year, he took a world geography class that was taught by a...
  • The Joy of Capitalism - Intellectual FrogLegs

    07/08/2019 12:34:39 PM PDT · by CaptainPhilFan · 7 replies
    Intellectual Froglegs ^ | July 4th 2019 | Joe Dan Gorman
    Froglegs, anyone? How about Intellectual Froglegs? If you don't know the work of Joe Dan Gorman thank me now because you're going to like him a lot. Share this great video with a loved one. It's the best show on TV!! JOE DAN NAILS IT - every time. Grab a snack and a drink but don't laugh them out your nose. JOE DAN IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR NEW KEYBOARDS. Meet me back here and tell me "thank you!". :D *I do not know or have any personal dealing with Joe Dan except for being friends on Facebook. I just think...
  • Kid Lays Out Capitalism vs. Communism in Stranger Things, Season 3

    07/08/2019 10:11:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies ^ | 7/8/2019 | Amelia Hamilton
    Fans of Netflix's Stranger Things might remember Erica Sinclair (Priah Ferguson), Lucas' (Caleb McLaughlin) little sister who stole the show in season two. She's back in season three, released July 4, and an absolute American hero. Not only does she join the team to save the world from the Russians, she makes sure everyone understands that it's all about capitalism versus communism. Stranger Things is a sci-fi show set in the 1980s in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana. In previous seasons, the main group of kids (along with one mom and the local police chief) have fought monsters and...
  • Clear 2020 Theme Emerges: Sharp Partisan Split Over Socialism Vs Capitalism

    07/03/2019 11:57:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/03/2019 | Andrew Malcolm
    Now, we may know exactly why President Trump is vowing so often that the United States will never embrace socialism:That polls really well among Republicans, like more than eight-out-of-ten well, including nearly two-thirds of whom have a very negative view of that system. The president will need every single one of those GOP votes to go with him on Election Day in just 70 weeks to overcome his chronic deficit in job approval.And the same new poll by the Pew Research Center confirms why Bernie Sanders, who calls himself a democratic socialist, and a few others of the two...
  • To American Socialists Wannabes

    07/02/2019 11:10:55 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/02/19 | Rick Hayes
    Socialist Democrats are always speaking, in glowing Robin Hood-like terms In the ever-changing U.S. political landscape, there has emerged a strong offshoot on the left calling themselves Democratic Socialists. To be clear, if implemented, the plans and policies of this movement will mark the end of not just The United States as a Constitutional Republic but of human decency. So if that statement seems a bit of an exaggeration consider that according to the left infants that can live outside the womb can now be legally murdered and in some cases have their tiny organs harvested for sale. It sounds...
  • Stark partisan divisions in Americans’ views of ‘socialism,’ ‘capitalism’

    06/29/2019 4:41:49 PM PDT · by DoodleBob · 22 replies
    Pew Research Center ^ | June 25, 2019 | Hannah Hartig
    Republicans express intensely negative views of “socialism” and highly positive views of “capitalism.” By contrast, majorities of Democrats view both terms positively, though only modest shares have strong impressions of each term. Overall, a much larger share of Americans have a positive impression of capitalism (65%) than socialism (42%), according to a new survey by Pew Research Center. There are large partisan differences in views of capitalism: Nearly eight-in-ten Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (78%) express somewhat or very positive reactions to the term, while just over half of Democrats and Democratic leaners (55%) say they have a positive impression. But...
  • Climate change prep will cost $18B (ocean rises faster in N.E. - only 11.57 years left)

    06/23/2019 4:49:03 AM PDT · by Libloather · 44 replies
    Salem News ^ | 6/19/19 | Christian M. Wade
    BOSTON — Massachusetts will have to spend more than $18 billion to fortify its coastline against rising seas and monster storms fueled by a changing climate, according to a new report. The report, compiled by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Climate Integrity - a nonprofit that supports states and communities that sue polluters - estimates the state would have to spend that much over the next 20 years to to fortify seawalls and other barriers to defend against erosion, flooding and other impacts of a warming planet. Nationwide, 22 coastal states and Washington, D.C. will have to spend $400 billion...
  • Why Can't Progressive Media Make a Profit Trying to Destroy Capitalism?

    06/15/2019 7:37:54 PM PDT · by rlmorel · 14 replies
    Bill Whittle ^ | 6/15/2019 | Bill Whittle, Scott Ott, Stephen Green
    Bill Whittle, Scott Ott, and Stephen Green on Right Angle discussion: Salon, ThinkProgress, Vox and other Progressive media outlets struggle to stay out of bankruptcy despite the growing popularity of socialism in the United States. Is this proof that free enterprise is a failed economic model when a good-hearted Progressive can't make a profit trying to destroy capitalism?
  • Yes, AOC, Your Generation Has Seen American Prosperity

    06/21/2019 6:47:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | June 21, 2019 | Michael Barone
    "An entire generation, which is now becoming one of the largest electorates in America," says Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., whose visibility as a spokesperson for this generation has been boosted by political friend and foe, "came of age and never saw American prosperity." Of course, AOC misspoke. It's ridiculous to say that someone who grew up in and worked in metropolitan New York City "never saw American prosperity." Those high-rise buildings didn't rise by spontaneous generation. Somebody put up money to build them. What AOC surely meant to do was make the often advanced argument that Americans born around 1989...