Today Jill Miller Zimon ranted about “throwing around” the terms “Socialist!” and
“Communist!”. Her reasoning seemed to be that Bush also advances socialist policies, therefore it’s “stupid” to call a spade a spade.
- Economic and social system under which essential industries and social services are publicly and cooperatively owned and democratically controlled with a view to equal opportunity and equal benefit for all.
SOURCE: Encarta Encyclopedia
Sounds just like the economic policies coming out of Washington lately.
Is it really “throwing around” a term when it appropriately describes a concept? It’s clearly not stupid in this case.
I also wonder why Ms. Zimon seems to object to Obama’s clearly socialist policies being labeled as such.
The argument seems to be that since both Democrats and Republicans are advancing socialist agendas, maybe it’s a good idea if they agree to a truce.
If you step back and assess your own attitudes and behavior, only to find them repugnant – isn’t a better course of action reform rather than trying to marginalize uncomfortably accurate terms?