why is it the moment someone says "Socialist" people grab their wallets?

for those of you that are so sure that a "Social" program means the "end" of your "Freedoms"… you might take a look at the GDP of places Like France, and England, Germany, The Netherlands, Canada… these places all have
Higher education standards,
Lower Crime rates
Infant Mortality Rates
Health Care
Day Care
Much Smaller per capita prison Populations
Longer Life Spans, Etc,etc,etc,etc…..

and despite the endless banter in this country to the contrary… a better way of life.
Think you are free in U.S. ?… Try losing your Job, or being laid off by a company that you have worked for for over 10 years, or have your retirement and Health Benefits stripped away from you so that the company you work for can stay "Profitable"..
Foreclosure, repossessions, …. the Banks own us, how free do you really think you are?
and of course we pick and choose among which programs we call "socialist"…
as the answerer noted,
Police
Post Office
Fire Dept are all… socialist programs..
The Babe has clearly never been anywhere outside of the U.S…. if you were to google all of the points you just made you would see that you are wrong across the board, but that is the reaction that I would expect…
I don’t eat fast food…ever. Can you say that?

What’s really happening is that as a result of repeated, propagandistic messages, not just on Fox news and hate radio, but more generally, in advertising, people have been conditioned to respond emotionally to words, with no understanding about the concepts that the words convey.

Thus, certain words produce emotional responses, words such as "socialism," "red," "homosexual." It’s a long list.

It works with words such as "feminism," "democrat," "liberal," "conservative." People can be trained to have a positive or negative emotional reaction to a word.

You could train people to react to the word "banana" the way they do to the word, "socialist."

People who have been well-educated are aware that "socialism" is a word for a complex and varied set of ideas.

And you’re right to point out that many of these people have never left the U.S. So they have extremely strange, blanket notions of other countries.

People who have no real education (a thorough grounding in the liberal arts and sciences, gained in formal schooling or independently), are the most prone to the influence of propaganda.

It also works more effectively on the young than on the old, because the brains of younger people are hard-wired for emotional response, and it is more effective when people are living in a state of fear.

12 comments to why is it the moment someone says "Socialist" people grab their wallets?

  • mr_crankypants  says:

    The postal system and medicare are socialist programs.
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  • JimSock  says:

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    Personally, I blame the media
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  • Babe  says:

    LOL….so you think money would cure all that do you? All those places you mention have chit for economies and the people have to go elsewhere for decent medical care. They have lower crime rates because they are raised differently, which mean they are not dictated by marketing and hollywierd. They have smaller prison populations because they are smaller. France which is Europe’s largest country is smaller than Texas. They live longer because they do not eat fast foods at the rate Americans do. You need to get off the junk food, it is effecting your ability to reason. Socialism stinks, it always has and it always will.
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  • Bill H  says:

    If you prefer any of the countries on your list, fell free to locate yourself there. I prefer the freedom of the USA.

    *I do not need a passport to travel within my own country, as Europeans do.
    *I am not taxed on how many radios\tvs I own.
    *I do not pay 55% of my pay to taxes.
    * I am not paying $4-5 per gallon for gas
    *
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  • Mother  says:

    Well now that you have shown me the error of my ways I see you are right. Down with capitalism and up with socialism.

    NOT!
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  • LIB, STIFLE YOURSELF  says:

    Because i don’t want the government to take everything i worked hard to acquire and have it redistributed to folks who are lazy bums. Maybe the citizens of those countries mentioned don’t mind,but Americans do.
    I recently lost my job that i worked at for 15 years. I am in the process of starting my own business. I took it upon myself to get educated in the event something like that happened. Too many of my coworkers were too busy swallowing that crap the union was feeding them and failed to evolve with the times.

    EDIT; I’m glad the Revolution was fought before folks like Katy came along.
    EDIT#2; Katy, the majority of Americans were against ending slavery too. Most of the time the majority is WRONG.That is why this country is a republic, not a mob ruled true democracy.
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  • nineteen_questions  says:

    Only ignorant, frightened people do that. medicaid and medicare are "socialist" programs.

    Boo!
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  • katydid  says:

    There are so many people who are afraid that their taxes will get raised and they will have to pay for medical insurance programs.
    I don’t understand why people aren’t complaining about spending tax $$ on a war with no end in sight and that we can’t win.

    EDIT: Lib stifle yourself, to each his/her own. Personally, I’d rather my taxes go to HELP people and SAVE lives, instead of wasting money (to the tune of billions a month) in a war that is taking so many lives. It’s your right to support the war but the MAJORITY of Americans are wise enough to know we’re throwing money at something we shouldn’t be involved in.
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  • wormwar1  says:

    If you think the police and fire department are "socialist" programs, you have no idea what socialism is.

    Feel free to move to any of those countries listed. My guess is that you won’t move. Why?

    and why did France and Germany just elect pro-American leaders who want to move away from the extreme socialism that is destroying those countries?
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  • just plain jim  says:

    Most people don’t seem to know what socialism is, they just think of it as a dirty word, same as communism.

    I’ve learned, after asking the same two questions, "what is socialism" and "what is communism" that most don’t have any idea what a dictionary is.

    I am not a communist, nor a socialist, what I am is a capitalist with socialism for needed services.

    What most people don’t know is we currently have many things that are socialistic in this country. From education, to fire and police services, to garbage collection, to even some communities having a socialistic power grid.

    Plus we have socialized Universal Health Care for our military, as well as our elected leaders in Washington.

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    This is what I wrote in regards to Universal Health Care.
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    We have freedom to speak out.
    Freedom to vote.
    Freedom to travel, buy what we want, etc.

    But what is that freedom worth if we don’t have financial freedom?

    I’m not talking about being poor, or not having enough money, I am talking about that $hit happens and even if the best of us planners plan for our future, they can still end up on the very short end, on welfare, food stamps and lack of medical care.

    Example:
    How many stories have I heard from people who have relatives, friends or themselves where their medical insurance ran out, their life savings depleted and forced to sell their homes and end up in bankruptcy?

    Why is it, the richest country in the world doesn’t have universal health care, when every industrialized western country does? Why can they do it, but we can’t?

    Why is it that so many Americans are so selfish, consumed with their own self interest that they won’t pay a dime for others health care, yet those same people, it seems, will fight tooth and nail for peoples rights in other countries and bankrupt our country in the process? That makes no sense whatsoever.

    Our constitution guarantees the welfare of our people, why do we ignore that? Why do we let corporate greed take over and jack up our health care costs to the point were we have the costly medical care on the planet? Yet the ones who are against universal health care fight for the rich fat cat who doesn’t give one $hit for them or the horse they rode in on.

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    We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense,

    promote the general welfare,

    and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

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    There ya got it, Universal Health Care and protection from skyrocketing cost for needed services.

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    Why is it that all that claim Universal Health Care is a failure and results in long delays, no service, are taking these accounts 2nd hand, yet consistently those that experience Universal Health Care usually say the opposite?

    Makes one wonder just who they are listening too and who is spewing the propaganda. Could it be the ones that will not benefit from Universal Health Care, like the insurance companies and fat cats?
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    Peace

    Jim

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  • benni  says:

    Socialism works great in those countries….. ok.

    Not here though. Look how badly run the social programs we already have are. Look at public education, and the fact that we spend more money per child than any other country, and have far lower results. And for medical, look at what we have for social medicine, see how well the veterans are taken care of, see how great the elderly are doing. Thats because the US government cannot run anything. We do not want socialism, because are government is to large to handle it.
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  • Silver  says:

    What’s really happening is that as a result of repeated, propagandistic messages, not just on Fox news and hate radio, but more generally, in advertising, people have been conditioned to respond emotionally to words, with no understanding about the concepts that the words convey.

    Thus, certain words produce emotional responses, words such as "socialism," "red," "homosexual." It’s a long list.

    It works with words such as "feminism," "democrat," "liberal," "conservative." People can be trained to have a positive or negative emotional reaction to a word.

    You could train people to react to the word "banana" the way they do to the word, "socialist."

    People who have been well-educated are aware that "socialism" is a word for a complex and varied set of ideas.

    And you’re right to point out that many of these people have never left the U.S. So they have extremely strange, blanket notions of other countries.

    People who have no real education (a thorough grounding in the liberal arts and sciences, gained in formal schooling or independently), are the most prone to the influence of propaganda.

    It also works more effectively on the young than on the old, because the brains of younger people are hard-wired for emotional response, and it is more effective when people are living in a state of fear.
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