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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-24-07 08:26 PM
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35. Its not entirely correct to call those economies "Capitalist".
Nor is it entirely correct to call the economy of the USA "Capitalist".
The American People own hundreds of different business. Most of the businesses we own are Monopolies that provide a type of service FREE to the public. (FAA, FDA, Corp of Engineers, FEMA, Board of Health, Weather Bureau, NOAA, Social Security Administration, Fire & Police Depts...and on and on) and hopefully HealthCare in the near future.

We are a long way from pure Capitalism, though we are moving in that direction as these vital services are being privatized and turned into private FOR PROFIT enterprises.

Sweden and the enlightened European countries are even farther away from pure "Capitalism".
We are looking at different shades of gray.
In Sweden's case, a healthy blend of Capitalism and Socialism.
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  -And about that mythical "far left." Mythsaje  Jul-24-07 12:53 PM   #0 
  - pukes consider hitler far left which shows how scary crazy they are.  zonmoy   Jul-24-07 12:55 PM   #1 
  - Because they're trying something new and revolutionary, don't you know!  YOY   Jul-24-07 01:21 PM   #11 
  - These same people will cheer the beginning of the  mediaman007   Jul-24-07 12:59 PM   #2 
  - People on the far left want govt to be responsive to the needs & wishes of the people  baldguy   Jul-24-07 01:01 PM   #3 
  - That's not far left...  Mythsaje   Jul-24-07 01:04 PM   #4 
  - People on the LEft want Government to FEAR the People.  Vincardog   Jul-24-07 01:06 PM   #6 
  - People on the far right want total control over our personal lives  IronLionZion   Jul-24-07 01:23 PM   #13 
  - IMHO "left/right" is not good enough  Malidictus Maximus   Jul-24-07 01:04 PM   #5 
  - I agree. We've got freedom for corporations and freedom for individuals all mixed up.  impeachdubya   Jul-24-07 01:09 PM   #7 
  - End corporate personhood...  Mythsaje   Jul-24-07 01:23 PM   #14 
     - I agree with you both on ending corporate person-hood  zonmoy   Jul-24-07 01:28 PM   #18 
        - Or, at least if we don't end it  Malidictus Maximus   Jul-24-07 02:09 PM   #24 
           - not to mention all the stockholders including all those that hold stocks  zonmoy   Jul-24-07 02:12 PM   #25 
              - Yep.  Malidictus Maximus   Jul-24-07 02:32 PM   #27 
  - I feel much the same way...  Mythsaje   Jul-24-07 01:21 PM   #10 
  - there are people as far left as Rush & Coulter are far right  DBoon   Jul-24-07 01:10 PM   #8 
  - ELF and ALF might qualify  Xithras   Jul-24-07 01:21 PM   #12 
  - Yeah, but THEIR extremists are taken seriously by the media...  Mythsaje   Jul-24-07 01:23 PM   #15 
  - by moderates you mean center right, I hardly consider those that are  zonmoy   Jul-24-07 01:30 PM   #19 
  - K&R!! n/t  unpossibles   Jul-24-07 01:15 PM   #9 
  - k&r...n/t  Madspirit   Jul-24-07 01:24 PM   #16 
  - they have spent MILLIONS (maybe billions) to change the perception of the "center"  librechik   Jul-24-07 01:25 PM   #17 
  - Interesting post.  KillCapitalism   Jul-24-07 01:35 PM   #20 
  - In theory, marxism is fine...  Mythsaje   Jul-24-07 01:40 PM   #22 
     - Power corrupts  Malidictus Maximus   Jul-24-07 02:34 PM   #28 
  - The American far left is a figment of the imgination  rocknation   Jul-24-07 01:39 PM   #21 
  - I always get a chuckle out of those who want to nationalize the oil companies.  eallen   Jul-24-07 02:04 PM   #23 
  - A good argument against...  Mythsaje   Jul-24-07 02:13 PM   #26 
  - Don't need to nationalize the Oil Companies.  bvar22   Jul-24-07 04:46 PM   #31 
     - Yes, but that's a very different thing. You were talking about the mythical left....  eallen   Jul-24-07 05:07 PM   #33 
  - I think it's time to rehabilitate the word "socialism."  dorkulon   Jul-24-07 02:37 PM   #29 
  - No, they are social democracies with capitalist economies.  eallen   Jul-24-07 05:02 PM   #32 
  - Its not entirely correct to call those economies "Capitalist".  bvar22   Jul-24-07 08:26 PM   #35 
     - Most social programs really aren't businesses.  eallen   Jul-25-07 08:51 AM   #38 
  - Power of words - no shit..  Malidictus Maximus   Jul-24-07 06:16 PM   #34 
  - Excellent observations. kicking.  yardwork   Jul-24-07 02:48 PM   #30 
  - Anyone who uses the term "far left" without the quotation marks--  eridani   Jul-24-07 11:02 PM   #36 
  - People who are truly far left in any meaningful sense support Bush  eridani   Jul-24-07 11:10 PM   #37 

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