Scott, it seems to me that I'm being clear enough about the system I believe we should move toward. What you clearly want is a label, a name. You want it compartmentalized. Why is that important? I could say "socialism," but that word is so weighted with the baggage of 20th century disasters in which tyrants and mass murderers declared that they had "implemented" the ideals of Marx that virtually everyone today believes that "socialism" was "tried" in the Soviet Union, or that it exists in China or Cuba, and that, in the case of Russia, it "failed," and so we really don't need to talk about it anymore. Marx would have been as horrified by what happened in Russia as Jesus would be by what modern-day "Christianity" has become. I realize that's a different discussion. But with capitalism on its current trajectory -- not only economically, but politically and ecologically -- I think it is a discussion we ought to be having. No, it is the discussion we ought to be having, but there are obvious difficulties. Not the least of which is that we currently have a large number of people in this country who, amazingly, think that Obama is a "socialist."
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