Monday, April 7, 2008


Many of you are having a hard time with the social obligation part of true socialism. I think in part the problem is two fold, one you are influenced by all the Cold War BS which still lingers in your head from years of government and media propaganda, and two you love a quick fix.

Just because someone says they are a child advocate does not mean they are not in fact a child molester. You cannot measure the success of any theory based on someone saying they are "whomever or whatever." You first must measure their actions with the theory. If their actions do not mesh with the theory, then they are not who they say they are, or who your government claims them to be.

Further, socialism is not the Book of Genesis, wherein everything is in place in 7 days. The seed begins with the election of one City Commissioner. People will see his/her policy objectives and like them or not like them. If things are done correctly the people will like what they see and elect another and another and another. In time the policy considerations will begin to take hold.

Today I am going to give you a simple example of social obligation. Tomorrow, to relieve you of the stress of reading theory, I will do the Top Ten Signs your Hubby is Gay. That should be fun. We all know number one - the wife is 300 pounds and has hair on her back and butt and does not Nair it, while the hubby is a walking Adonis. People I have no problem with heavy women - just do not wear Capris pants with belly shirts.


Your kid knows someone who wants to play in little league, but cannot because his parents cannot afford a mitt. Your kid knows a little girl who desperately wants to be a ballerina, but cannot because her parents cannot afford the lessons. Now before you claim I am a sexist, obviously a little girl can play baseball and a little boy can do dance.

Many of you can afford to buy that mitt or help pay for those ballet lessons. Some of you can even sponsor an entire little league team of kids who would never play but for your charity. Maybe it will take several of your neighbors to pay for the ballet lessons. Maybe a few fellow church members. While I do not believe in charity which promotes dependence, this type charity promotes hope in the child.
One of my fondest memories growing up is when the NY Fire Department paid for me and several of my brothers to go deep sea fishing in the North Atlantic. It was soon after daddy died and we were still on welfare and government surplus food, no food stamps back then, and also you had to pay the welfare back, which we did when mom died and we sold the house. The government was good about collecting on those liens.

The fishing trip was an act of charity which has stayed with me for my entire life. I know the only reason mom did not go crazy with 6 boys and a girl was because of this type charity. I know this type charity taught me things would be okay. It taught me the value of social obligation.
Now, in the immortal words of Dr. Laura - "go do the right thing."

1 comment:

StapletonAndStapleton said...

I'm ready to vote for a socialist city commissioner. Now we just need some more out of the closet.

I think, as a distributist/ anarcho-syndicalist/ libertarian-socialist, I may be to the left of the socialists, but I vote for Democrats all the time, so it shouldn't be a problem.