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Anyone on here used to toy around with communism/socialism?

Discussion in 'Politics Discussion' started by HDLSeanWiley, Aug 15, 2019.

  1. HDLSeanWiley

    HDLSeanWiley Follow Uncle Gadget, Brain!

    Oct 10, 2014
    A few years ago, I was considering Trotskyism and thought Che Guevara may not be such a bad person. Of course, today I'm a libertarian capitalist cause I actually got a clue. Everyone starts out socialist to some degree I think early on in life.
  2. mw2530

    mw2530 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2014
    I want to say some elements of socialism were appealing to me when I was younger. I can't really remember for sure. I am currently reading a book about the years leading up to the Great Depression in the U.S. and the Great Depression years. There was a subset of the population that admired the Soviet Union at the time and the "experiment" that was underway there. A group of people even traveled to the Soviet Union and spent some time there observing life and meeting with people including meeting with Stalin. I'm still reading the book, but some of these individuals were powerful in there own way - whether University professors, Union leaders, etc. Some of these same individuals even became part of the FDR administration.

    The point is, communism/socialism has been and still is appealing to some (or the idea of it is at least). So what system is the most beneficial for everyday people? Despite our problems, the U.S. has the best system (for a large country at least). It has elements of capitalism and socialism, but mostly capitalism. There are things that could be done to improve it so that it doesn't leave some people behind. Unfortunately there is also many that take advantage of our social systems without much in the way of a wiliness to contribute. Balancing these two seems to be increasingly challenging in the current environment.
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  3. AloneNotLonely

    AloneNotLonely Well-Known Member

    May 21, 2018
    Think like a capitalist and live like a communist. Now that's the life.
  4. Judge

    Judge Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

    Aug 28, 2013
    Nope. In my youth such beliefs and affiliations could get you into a lot of trouble. Not to mention that I had an uncle in the FBI who spent most of his career scrutinizing much of anyone on the extreme left or extreme right. Though at least by 1975 Congress had abolished the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

    Back then even being a registered non-partisan might have put me on someone's radar. And if you were in the military attempting to get any kind of meaningful security rating, forget it.

    Then again at the time there was no Federal No-Fly List either. :rolleyes:

    Be careful what you wish for...
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2019