More Work to be Done
On the surface, the post was in response to some of the tenuous connections made by a Ponte column over at Moonbat Central. Silliness to counter silliness, so to speak.
Take some valid data, and draw the picture you want with it. Take the same map by the SPLC and you could say all the hate groups live near water, etc etc blah blah.
The first part of this study will be to look at those hate groups defined by the SPLC and study their origins, their beliefs and their political aspirations. Each group will be researched individually and summaries and findings will be posted accordingly.
Obviously, there is much more work to be done on this study, and it will take some time. In fact, I’m figuring this research project will take a minimum of 3 years, and will probably go on for some time after that.
During this research project, I’ll be asking some of my comrades to provide content for The Pepper Farm. These folks represent a wide range of political views so this should be fun as well.
So today we have reader Thomas providing the content for today. Please enjoy!
‘Ownership Society’ has become the latest buzz word to enter our lexicon. President Bush and his administration have been pushing the “privatization” of Social Security and of a Medical Savings accounts. Theses are just two components of what some say is the coming of an ownership society.
On the surface Ownership society sounds good. The Bush administration seems to be pushing for all to depend on themselves rather than the government.
The definition given by the Cato Institute is: An ownership society values responsibility, liberty, and property. Individuals are empowered by freeing them from dependence on government handouts and making them owners instead, in control of their own lives and destinies. In the ownership society, patients control their own health care, parents control their own children's education, and workers control their retirement savings.
Ironically, before social security we had and ownership society. Prior to the stock market crash of 1929, we had the roaring 20’s. This was an age of relative openness compared to the previous generation of the Victorian age. Women’s hair got shorter as well as their dresses. The new music, Jazz, was the rage. Couples were doing the Charleston, the Lindy and involved in dance marathons that resembled vertical sex. There were seemingly non-stop parties in our major cities during this time. Due to Prohibition, alcohol actually became more alluring.
There were also many millionaires that were made during this time. The market was on a steady rise due to our victory in World War I (The Great War, as it was called before World War II).
It all came to a screeching halt in October of 1929. All people were affected by this crash from millionaires to the working class. Millionaires lost value in their stocks and their status. Some committed suicide rather than return to a life of poverty. Working class people lost their jobs as the economy came to a halt. There was no safety net in place and homeless shelters and soup kitchens sprang up across the nation.
Social Security was meant to be a baseline safety net for those in our society who cannot take care of themselves: The elderly, the disabled, and the mentally handicapped. Those of us who can take of ourselves, do so. Those of us who can own ( buy homes, buy other property, have savings plans, etc…), do own.
If this ownership society takes hold, America will become a fascist oligarchy state where a few corporations will own the vast majority of the resources. Example: There are a very few individuals that control nearly the entire media in the United States such as GE, Viacom and Disney, to name a few.