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  1. #1 Rolling Stone: America Should Replace Capitalism With Socialism 
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    Rolling Stone: America Should Replace Capitalism With Socialism
    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sh...#ixzz2pTKTzutR

    The next time you wonder just how far to the left Rolling Stone magazine is, consider that in its first issue of the new year, it actually published an article calling for capitalism to be totally abolished in America and replaced with a socialist structure wherein people didn't need to work, all assets were taken over by the government, and redistributed to the masses.

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    1. Guaranteed Work for Everybody

    Unemployment blows. The easiest and most direct solution is for the government to guarantee that everyone who wants to contribute productively to society is able to earn a decent living in the public sector...A job guarantee that paid a living wage would anchor prices, drive up conditions for workers at megacorporations like Walmart and McDonald's, and target employment for the poor and long-term unemployed – people to whom conventional stimulus money rarely trickles all the way down...Imagine a world where people could contribute the skills that inspire them – teaching, tutoring, urban farming, cleaning up the environment, painting murals – rather than telemarketing or whatever other stupid tasks bosses need done to supplement their millions. Sounds nice, doesn't it?

    Sounds nice? And where would the money come from? And what would the goods and services produced by so many people requiring higher wages cost? How would people afford them?

    Keep your seatbelts on, because the author has an answer:




    2. Social Security for All

    But let's think even bigger. Because as much as unemployment blows, so do jobs. What if people didn't have to work to survive? Enter the jaw-droppingly simple idea of a universal basic income, in which the government would just add a sum sufficient for subsistence to everyone's bank account every month...A universal basic income, combined with a job guarantee and other social programs, could make participation in the labor force truly voluntary, thereby enabling people to get a life.

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    I wonder if Jann Wenner (founder of RS worth about 700 million) would agree?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madisonian View Post
    I wonder if Jann Wenner (founder of RS worth about 700 million) would agree?
    Silly, Madison. Socialism isn't about taking from the elites, who, even in Russia had their dachas. It's about taking from the middle class so that everyone will be poor except the elites.
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    isn't this the same magazine that once gave all 4 of Led Zeppelin's albums only 1 star, while giving every album by Lawrence Welk 4 stars?

    Yeah, it's a crap magazine that is only good for kitty litter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hai View Post
    isn't this the same magazine that once gave all 4 of Led Zeppelin's albums only 1 star, while giving every album by Lawrence Welk 4 stars?

    Yeah, it's a crap magazine that is only good for kitty litter.
    Are you serious? Lawrence Welk? If you have a link, I'd be delighted to see it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    Are you serious? Lawrence Welk? If you have a link, I'd be delighted to see it.
    http://rateyourmusic.com/list/schmid..._in_progress_/
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    I don't see the Lawrence Welk review on here. I've been clicking on all the page links. Perhaps you could give me a hand here.

    The Zeppelin review is just mind boggling. Sometimes it takes time to see just how significant certain music becomes.
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    I bet Lawrence thought that was wunnerful.
    The difference between pigs and people is that when they tell you you're cured it isn't a good thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockntractor View Post
    I bet Lawrence thought that was wunnerful.
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    A little more background and opinion on the Rolling Stone article:

    Sorry, Comrade, But You Didn’t Just Discover The Secret To Making Communism Work
    http://thefederalist.com/2014/01/06/...ommunism-work/

    If you’re a Millennial who loves bread lines, prison camps, forced famines, and abject human misery, then you’ll love the latest offering from Rolling Stone. Over the weekend, Jesse Myerson, a twenty-something former Occupy organizer, finally stumbled upon a foolproof recipe for success for today’s struggling Millennials. The recipe? Communism, naturally.

    Myerson, whose Twitter bio includes the hashtag #FULLCOMMUNISM (for when fractional communism just can’t murder people quickly enough), listed five economic reforms that he thinks every Millennial should demand: Guaranteed jobs, guaranteed income, no more private real estate, no more private assets at all, and a public bank in every state (a great place to store all those financial assets you no longer own). If that sounds eerily similar to a Yoko Ono-infused brainstorming session by John Lennon, it’s because it is eerily similar to a Yoko Ono-infused brainstorming session by John Lennon.

    Imagine there’s no possessions? Check. No need for greed or hunger? Check. All the people sharing all the world? Check. The only standard communist tenet missing from Myerson’s Communism For Dummies listicle was a call to abolish religion.

    Look, lots of people think everybody else’s stuff should be their stuff. Unfortunately for Myerson, most of those people drink juice out of a box and think Cookie Monster and Dora the Explorer are real people. There’s a time and a place to brag that you’ve finally figured out how to make communism work, and it’s your college dorm room at 3:00 a.m. If you publish a serious call for the reconstruction of several core pillars of communism barely two decades after the dissolution of the Soviet Union (this is the point at which Myerson would almost certainly interject that the USSR wasn’t practicing real communism, maaan), you’re pretty much begging to be mocked.

    But what makes Myerson’s article so precious is that either he’s too dumb to know what the Soviet Union stood for (or too lazy to have done a quick Google search prior to clicking “Publish”), or he thinks his readers are too dumb to discern that he’s actually pushing for a return to Soviet-style communism. In his defense, he published his Marxist mash note at Rolling Stone — a site run by a seemingly drug-addled 23-year-old nepot — so maybe he has a point about the collective IQ of his readers....

    As Andrew McCoy noted shortly after Myerson’s piece was published, Myerson’s ideas aren’t just similar to Soviet ideas. They are Soviet ideas, which should come as no surprise to anyone with even a passing familiarity with the Soviet Union. According to McCoy’s research, each of Myerson’s five reforms was contained in the USSR’s Constitution. Guaranteed jobs are in Article 40. Social insurance for everybody is in Article 43. Abolition of private real estate is in Article 6. Complete abolition of all other private property is in Articles 4 and 5. And government-owned banks — the only banks allowed in the Soviet Union — were a natural byproduct of a system that says only the government can own things.

    But other than that, Myerson’s ideas are all totally original and completely untested by mankind. Have no fear, though. Historical ignorance is not Myerson’s only specialty. He’s also a master of cognitive dissonance...
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