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  • louise
    Jim, I spend a good deal of time just trying to keep calm. When I start thinking of what I associate with socialism, my blood pressure immediately rises, and
    Message 1 of 8 , Mar 30, 2009
      Jim,

      I spend a good deal of time just trying to keep calm. When I start thinking of what I associate with socialism, my blood pressure immediately rises, and so the whole exercise is like a physical endurance test. Never mind, my faith is very strong. In time, I will explain what I mean, to the best of my ability.

      Louise

      --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "jimstuart51" <jjimstuart1@...> wrote:
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      > Louise,
      >
      > I think what you understand by `socialism' is not what I understand by the term. In particular, I do not associate your following description with socialism at all:
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      > "… socialism to me seems everywhere, dominant and domineering … the
      > entertainment purveyed by the mass media disproportionately glamorises appetite
      > rather than restraint, and leaves young people culturally illiterate."
      >
      > My kind of socialism is a gentle, peaceful alternative to the brutishness of rampant capitalism. It is all about giving all citizens the freedom to live their lives as they please, without fear of harassment, physical attack, abuse. It is not dominant or domineering, rather it speaks with a quiet, calm voice which wishes to listen as much as it wishes to speak.
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      > Our mass media, which as you correctly say, glamorises appetite rather than restraint, is more the product of rampant capitalism than of socialism. My kind of socialism emphasizes the benefits of living a simple, quiet life, where books are read, and televisions are turned off or given away. Restraint is valued as leading to a deeper contentment than is possible for those who indulge their appetites to excess. Better to sit quietly and read about or discuss virtue than spend and party and become intoxicated.
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      > Jim
      >
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      >
      > --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "louise" <hecubatoher@> wrote:
      > >
      > > > I wonder why you think of it as an `either/or'.
      > >
      > > Because socialism to me seems everywhere, dominant and domineering. It acts at times as if it's the only show in town, that all memory of true opposition, of a genuinely dialectical European tradition, an aristocratic tradition of noblesse and delicacy, must flee into appointed aesthetic ghettoes. Because the entertainment purveyed by the mass media disproportionately glamorises appetite rather than restraint, and leaves young people culturally illiterate. Virtue is a word one hardly even hears. Because all sorts of factors have transformed what Conservatism and Liberalism are. Because ignorant abuse is prompted by propaganda which is not illegal, funded by wealthy backers, whilst contrary views stand in constant danger of attracting attacks on reputation, property, life and liberty. L.
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