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Name: Manny Goldstein
Gender: Male
Hometown: Greater Boston
Home country: USA
Current location: Remulak, as far as I can tell
Member since: Tue Aug 30, 2005, 09:44 AM
Number of posts: 34,589

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Dumb question: what's a Socialist?

I'm trying to wrap my brain around the concept of Socialism, and I have some questions...

1. Is there a *best* definition of Socialism? I've always vaguely understood that it has to do with government ownership of things that could be owned privately, but every country has some degree of that except perhaps the Libertarian paradise of Somalia. Based on the name, I'd think that Socialism might mean "a focus on Society"?

2. Is there a good measure for determining which countries are Socialist and which aren't, or the degree of Socialism in each country? Some measure of wealth redistribution perhaps?

The reason I ask... I heard Bernie Sanders being interviewed the other day, and he spoke of the differences between the "Socialist" countries in Europe and the US, and he was dead on: those "socialist" countries are doing well, and their 99% lead good lives without the garbage we face here. I'm also impressed by Kshama Sawant's efforts in Seattle, getting a living minimum wage enacted. So maybe *I* should fly the Socialist flag... but I'm trying to figure out what it is!

Any help in sorting this out is appreciated!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Jul 26, 2014, 09:51 PM (65 replies)

Bernie Sanders: Pulled out from under the bus.

It's wonderful to see how Bernie's been rehabilitated in the eyes of Sensible Democrats. Not so long ago, Bernie was an unrealistic fringe player spouting crazytalk.

Times have changed.

Now Bernie is a sage, his every utterance and action examined and loudly proclaimed by the Sensible Set (as long as it's not some inconvenient claptrap, like "Let's not starve and freeze old people by diverting their Social Security benefits to tax cuts for the rich".

"Bernie agreed with Obama!" "Bernie voted for X along with Democrats!" "Bernie didn't attack Hillary".

It's wonderful that Bernie's getting the respect and attention that's his due, and I'm confident it will continue if/when he launches his campaign for the Democratic nomination for President.


First-Way Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Jul 25, 2014, 11:15 AM (83 replies)

Anyone at the Lowell Spinners game?

I'm behind home plate.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Jul 24, 2014, 07:52 PM (7 replies)

She's DEFINITELY, ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY not runn... um... uh...

That difficult woman from Massachusetts continues to be difficult:

Washington Post: Elizabeth Warren could end the presidential speculation today. She has chosen not to.

In a new interview with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), ABC's Jeff Zeleny does something a journalist should have done a long time ago: press her on her use of verb tense.

Noting Warren's stock response to whether she will run for president is "I am not running," Zeleny makes the completely valid point that such a statement is quite a bit less than Shermanesque.

Here's the video, and here's the exchange:

ZELENY: You've said 'I am not running.' Is that still your answer today?

WARREN: I am not running.

ZELENY: I noticed it's in the present tense, though. 'I am not running.'

WARREN: I'm not running.

ZELENY: Does that mean you've ruled out running, or all you'll say is, 'I am not running'?

WARREN: I am not running for president.

An awful setback for the Resistance-is-futile-so-don't-even-think-about-it crowd. Darn.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Jul 24, 2014, 11:56 AM (92 replies)

Don't #%^* with Bay Staters

When King George was being an asswipe, the good people of Massachusetts kicked his troops the #%^+ out of here in short order and started a revolution.

The Bay State was the first state to have public education, first to end slavery, first to legalize trade unions, and the first to embrace gay marriage. The US Constitution is modeled on Massachusetts' state constitution, the oldest living constitution on the planet.

And now... Elizabeth Warren, a governor who says "you #%^*ing me? Let the kids stay here, they're kids and they need our help", and an earthquake in labor relations that experts say they haven't seen since... well, ever.

On behalf of my fellow Massholes, I say... you're welcome. Let's make this a nationwide thing, OK?.

UPDATE: Heh! http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025284087
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Jul 24, 2014, 01:03 AM (3 replies)

Glenn Greenwald MUST be stopped.

Glenn Greenwald is a hard-core Libertarian out to destroy Democrats, and I need your help to stop him.

Does anyone on DU know Rachel Maddow, Bill Moyers, or Michael Moore? These three are badly deluded and must be re-educated ASAP! Just look at the crazy things they've said about known-Libertarian Greenwald:

"Glenn Greenwald is not just the American Left's most fearless political commentator; his fearlessness is such that he has shifted the expectations for everyone else, too. His rock-ribbed principles and absolute disregard for partisan favor have made U.S. political discourse edgier, more confrontational, and much much better."
- Rachel Maddow

"The first thing I do when I turn on the computer in the morning is go to Glenn Greenwald's blog to see what he said. He is truly one of our greatest writers right now."
- Michael Moore

"The most important voice to have entered the political discourse in years."
- Bill Moyers

If you can reach out to these people and tell them how deluded they are, many of us would be mighty thankful.


What-NSA-overreach? Manny

P.S. The following post is absolutely not evidence that the NSA is pooping on the Fourth Amendment. If you even click on this link, you're a Libertarian Putin defender: New Surveillance Whistleblower: The NSA Violates the Constitution - TheAtlantic
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Jul 21, 2014, 08:44 PM (333 replies)

Hey fellow Third Wayers... Am I right? Or am I right?

A few things that some on the "Left" don't seem to understand:

1. If you don't totally trust the US government, then you love Putin.
2. If you don't totally trust US corporate media, then you're an RT defender. And, you love Putin.
3. If you criticize any actions by the Western powers in Ukraine, you are a staunch backer of the separatists. And an RT defender who loves Putin.

Let's not kid ourselves anymore. DU is filled with Ukrainian separatist sympathizers, RT defenders, and Putin lovers. It sickens me.


Third-Way Manny
Loyal American, unlike those on the "Left"
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Jul 20, 2014, 01:54 AM (70 replies)

Some on the "Left" eat babies

I, for one, can no longer put up with their myriad calls for fresh human flesh. Nor can I stand idle while they sap our precious bodily fluids.

You shouldn't, either.


Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Jul 19, 2014, 12:50 AM (70 replies)

War in Ukraine: who's to blame?

I'm curious as to how many folks know how the Ukraine catastrophe started?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Jul 18, 2014, 11:27 PM (20 replies)

Face it, DU: Manny *loves* Putin.

At the risk (well, certainty) of being labeled a Putin lover/defender and so forth, there are a couple of things that I'd like to point out regarding the horrible downing of MH17 and the deaths of so many.

First off, this man:

the Director of National Intelligence, flagrantly and admittedly lied even to Congress and still has his job. Clearly, our government has no big concerns about lying to Americans. So why would we believe anything at all that they tell us? It might be true, it might be a lie, but mostly, it will be what suits their own goals, not ours.

Sadly, it's hard to know who to believe here. In situations like this, I tend to turn to the foreign press to see what they're saying, particularly those sources that tend to be truthful and tend not to be US lapdogs. I took a look at Deutsche Welle, which I've found to be fair and level-headed, and it seems that things are not so clear with regard to who downed MH17:

Leads point to missile downing MH17

The plane was apparently hit by a surface-to-air missile. The separatists have denied that they are able to hit an aircraft flying at 10,000 meters (33,000 feet).

Aviation expert Heinrich Großbongardt told DW that rebel and guerilla organizations never before had access to such type of weapons. They often had shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles of rather small caliber, but those could only reach an altitude of up to 4,000 meters, he told DW.

Other weapons systems are required to fire 10,000 meters into the sky. If it is proven that rebels downed the plane, one had to thoroughly check how they could get their hands on such a weapon, he added. The pro-Russian separatists had previously said they had obtained a mobile Russian anti-aircraft defense system Buk last week.

That, however, is a very sophisticated system and it's questionable whether they were able to learn how to operate Buk in such a short time. There are also reports that the Ukrainian military also has such weapons; it has denied firing any missiles.

This may be BS, it may be accurate... but it is in a legitimate news source that seems to no longer be in bed with the US government.

The bottom line is that I'm suggesting that we all wait a little while before forming a judgment here. Things may become quite clear in the coming days - or, like the Syrian gas attacks, they may become more uncertain.

(And no, this doesn't mean I approve of Putin. I don't. With gusto.)
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Jul 18, 2014, 12:02 PM (122 replies)
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