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Disenchanted with the
American electoral system?
Politicians come to our towns and
neighborhoods every four years
promising change. If only we give our
obedience, our votes, our hard work
and our patience then we will be delivered of the social ills that
plague our communities. Yet, after
the political circus leaves town we
are left with little but a sense of
Youth unemployment is unsustainably high. Neighborhoods are
blighted and filled with vacant decaying structures while housing
prices continue to rise. Health care,
child care and education costs are
increasing at such a rapid rate that
working families are left making impossible choices. Many are living one
paycheck away from
S ur el y th e re mu s t be
a b et t er w ay.
Ideas to end poverty and injustice have often been dismissed
with the phrase “that would be
socialism!” Yet, very few
Americans know what
exactly socialism is.
Socialism is a rational method
of producing what humans need
to survive. Workers control the
materials needed to produce the
good and services and these
goods and services will be
produced in accordance with the
needs of the community in mind.
Resources will be democratically controlled by the people rather than owned only by the
Socialism is for
The present system places human beings in constant competition with one another. Capitalism divides us by race, sexual orientation, country of
origin, and in a myriad of
other ways that preclude cooperation for the common good.
Social elites and those that
serve them seek to divide the
rest of us from each other to
sow discord among the masses
in order to keep economic and
political power in the hands
of the few.
In contrast, Socialism informs
us that we have more in common with one another than we
might think all of us toil to
line the pockets of the few at
the expense of the common