What a Topic!
Much of my free time of late has been spent watching how things unfold with our newly elected Alberta (AB) provincial government. When the polls closed the evening of May 5, 2015, the New Democrat Party (NDP) was declared the overall winners. Note that 52% – 58% of Albertans did NOT choose this new government. So just how did they win? A perfect storm was brewing, the win occurred not because the NDP were actually the best party, but rather due to the vote splitting as a result of the Progressive Conservative (PC) and Wildrose Party’s (WR) platforms, which were and are quite similar. Many people have gone on record saying that because the PC’s, who reigned for 44 years here in AB, were doing such a poor job over the last number of years, that the public vote was NOT a vote in favour of the NDP rather it was a protest vote against the PC party.
Social media is having a field day with this change and there has sure been a great deal of name calling and bickering played out within the public eye. I am grateful for respectful discussion amongst most of the people I associate with on-line and in person.
Speaking for our own family, I can say with certainty that our personal experience with the NDP party, as past residents of Saskatchewan (SK) was not positive. This is not something that can be denied by another individual, as it was our personal experience, nor should it be discounted as if it did not occur. Derek, Rylun and I left SK for this reason alone, the NDP had taxed the province poor, it was a broken province and broken by the NDP, they are a socialist party. As a very wise woman once said in an interview, The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money. Margaret Thatcher, you can read her full response from that interview at http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/thatcher.asp#YIyBrJbm5MtTPBPT.99
This takes me to the topic of my blog today. What am I? A Communist, A Socialist, A Capitalist or A Smooshist?
References and definitions are located at the end of this blog for three of the above ideologies, Socialism, Capitalism and Communism.
Communism is not for me, as that would likely make me a socialist, which I am most certainly not. Wonder why I said it like that? (Read the definition of Socialism in Culture). Communism is a classless society, in which private ownership has been abolished and the means of production and subsistence belong to the community/government. My personal belief is when we work hard we should be able to better ourselves and our position in life. This then enables us to help those who CAN NOT help themselves. So clearly I am not a communist.
Socialism is not me either. I don’t and can’t agree with the liberals views on things like abortion nor can I support the tax crazy and give it all away NDP’s. Socialism is the absence of competitive economic activity meaning we as a province or country as the case may be are flat lining. It is a system where people don’t have to or want to better themselves, as the government controls all means of production and disperses wealth as it sees fit. I believe everyone has a role to play and should to their best to provide for themselves when they can. There are too many people taking a free ride because of the excessive social programs of today.
So clearly I am not a socialist.
Capitalism could almost describe me. But for the fact that pure capitalism is just private individuals or corporations experiencing success. This means that they control pretty much everything from production right through to the distribution of product and services. Not forgetting to mention the fact that all of the wealth produced from said product and services is then essentially held by private individuals or corporations. Pure capitalism leaves us without enough government involvement. Government involvement is necessary to help us, help those, by providing assistance for those who truly can not help themselves, amongst other things like healthcare, education, infrastructure and military (policing).
So I guess I am not a capitalist either…
Well that takes to me SMOOSHISM!
A friend (Peter) and I jokingly created an imaginary party, the “SMOOSH Party” (SMP), it would encompass all the best stuff of the PC and WR (our capitalist parties in Alberta) but it would also throw in the very few good parts of the NDP. (Purely a socialist party) Seriously though we can’t go around and create our own political party whenever we are not happy with the way things are going. When choosing a political party often we need to make the best decision based on research, often this might mean choosing the “Best of the Worst” or the party we disagree with the least. Oddly enough though there have been through history numerous parties that were birthed because people did not like where we were headed with the political parties of that time. By the way this is where the WR came from. A culmination of the Alliance and Wildrose Party’s. It came about as a result of the reform movement in the late 80 and early 90’s. When considering Federal Politics the provincial parties like the WR, The Bloc Québécois (BQ) or the Saskatchewan Party (SP) it should be noted they really don’t have a role federally nor will our imaginary SMP. So once again when election time approaches in the future I will again need to do my research and choose the best of the worst! I wish more people would have done that for this most recent provincial election.
As mentioned earlier, in the spring of this year an election was illegally called by the PCs (they broke their own law by calling an early election), I voted for WR. Ultimately however I would still like for there to be just one right-wing party, life would be simpler I should think? Support of the PCs in Alberta had significantly slipped, if only they had listened to the public we would not be in the state of flux waiting for the NDP’s shoe to drop.
If a person does their homework and does it honestly with eyes wide open, peering through clear lenses at what has historically happened to the other provinces where the NDP (Socialists) held power, they would see that the shoe, when it drops, will likely do the same to us. Sincerely I hope to be proven wrong, but my suspicion is that the heel will crush not only the Alberta Oil and Gas Industry, taking years to recover once rule is returned to another political party, much like what has happened in SK with the SP returned to power, but in addition I suspect that there will be a trickle down effect that will take out numerous other business’s. History does have a way of repeating itself over and over. If other provinces have been repeatedly flattened by the NDP why would Alberta be any different? Sadly we are already seeing instances where the NDP government is breaking their own word (not much different from the PC’s) by awarding two of the HIGHEST paying jobs to “friends” of the NDP. This was after all one of their big campaign promises…to eliminate such appointments. I really do not understand how educated people can be so blind to that? But I guess “educated” does not necessarily mean “smart” does it?
So for me, from now on I can be called a “SMOOSHIST” Still leaning a little bit to the right….
Socialism—defined as a centrally planned economy in which the government controls all means of production—was the tragic failure of the twentieth century. Born of a commitment to remedy the economic and moral defects of capitalism, it has far surpassed capitalism in both economic malfunction and moral cruelty. Yet the idea and the ideal of socialism linger on. Whether socialism in some form will eventually return as a major organizing force in human affairs is unknown, but no one can accurately appraise its prospects who has not taken into account the dramatic story of its rise and fall.
Socialism – noun
1. a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.
British Dictionary definitions for socialism
Socialism – noun
1. an economic theory or system in which the means of production, distribution, and exchange are owned by the community collectively, usually through the state. It is characterized by production for use rather than profit, by equality of individual wealth, by the absence of competitive economic activity, and, usually, by government determination of investment, prices, and production levels
Socialism in Culture – Socialism definition
An economic system in which the production and distribution of goods are controlled substantially by the government rather than by private enterprise, and in which cooperation rather than competition guides economic activity. There are many varieties of socialism. Some socialists tolerate capitalism, as long as the government maintains the dominant influence over the economy; others insist on an abolition of private enterprise. All communists are socialists, but not all socialists are communists. (Emphasis Added)
Capitalism – noun
1. an economic system in which investment in and ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange of wealth is made and maintained chiefly by private individuals or corporations, especially as contrasted to cooperatively or state-owned means of wealth
British Dictionary definition for capitalism
Capitalism – noun
1. Also called free enterprise, private enterprise. an economic system based on the private ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange, characterized by the freedom of capitalists to operate or manage their property for profit in competitive conditions.
Capitalism in Culture – Capitalism definition
An economic and political system characterized by a free market for goods and services and private control of production and consumption.
Communism – noun
1. a theory or system of social organization based on the holding of all property in common, actual ownership being ascribed to the community as a whole or to the state.
British Dictionary definitions for communism
Communism – noun
1. advocacy of a classless society in which private ownership has been abolished and the means of production and subsistence belong to the community.
Communism in Culture – Communism definition
An economic and social system envisioned by the nineteenth-century German scholar Karl Marx. In theory, under communism, all means of production are owned in common, rather than by individuals ( see Marxism and Marxism-Leninism ). In practice, a single authoritarian party controls both the political and economic systems. In the twentieth century, communism was associated with the economic and political systems of China and the Soviet Union and of the satellites of the Soviet Union.