Who is a Socialist?

Who Is A Socialist?
“We will never be a socialist country.” —Donald Trump, (the State of the Union Address, 2019)

Right-wing trolls regularly call Obama, and all Democrats, socialists…like that’s something really, really bad.

So, let’s define what the relevant words actually mean.

First, “capitalism.”

Capitalism is an economic system with private property and markets.

I personally believe in private property and markets…with a tough cop on the beat to regulate the markets.

That makes me a capitalist.

Now “socialism.”

Socialism is an economic system wherein the government plays a major role in basic functions of a society…such as education, healthcare, providing for the elderly, etc.

I believe the government should play an important role in the basic functions of society.

For years I was a professor at large state universities. (Libertarians call them “government schools.”). I get Social Security checks and I am on Medicare.

That makes me a socialist.

Truth be told, the US economy is a mixed economy. It’s not one or the other. It’s both.

So…We are all capitalists. We are all socialists.

And, we already are a socialist country. We have been one for a very long time.

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The Words Lincoln Lived By

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Ruskin On Seeing Clearly

One Of Hemingway’s Favorite Quotations. Mine, too.

“The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something, and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion— all in one.
John Ruskin, “Modern Painters,” vol. III, part IV, chapter XVI (1856) – John Ruskin

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The Words Lincoln Lived By

“This is a book to cherish and share.”—Bill Marriott, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

“Not only does Griessman give us Lincoln quotes, but he also weaves each one into a little jewel of an essay on that particular subject.” Wayne C. Temple, renowned Lincoln scholar, Illinois State Archives

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The Difference Between Disappointments and Regrets

Unusual Quotations
“I can live with disappointments but not regrets. What’s the difference? A disappointment is something I attempted that didn’t work out. A regret is something I wish I had attempted but didn’t.” —-Gene Griessman

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The Words Lincoln Lived By

“This is a book to cherish and share.”—Bill Marriott, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

“Not only does Griessman give us Lincoln quotes, but he also weaves each one into a little jewel of an essay on that particular subject.” Wayne C. Temple, renowned Lincoln scholar, Illinois State Archives

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How To Destroy An Opponent

Unusual Quotations: How To Destroy An Opponent With Humor

“One way to destroy an opponent is to turn him into a joke, and sometimes if you are lucky he will do that to himself.”—Gene Griessman in “Lincoln and Obama”

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The Words Lincoln Lived By

“This is a book to cherish and share.”—Bill Marriott, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

“Not only does Griessman give us Lincoln quotes, but he also weaves each one into a little jewel of an essay on that particular subject.” Wayne C. Temple, renowned Lincoln scholar, Illinois State Archives

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Authoritarian Leaders:Similarities

Unusual Quotations: The Vocabulary Of Authoritarian Leaders

 “The authoritarian leaders taking power around the world share a vocabulary of intolerance, insult, and menace.”  —Jon Lee Anderson

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The Words Lincoln Lived By

“This is a book to cherish and share.”—Bill Marriott, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

“Not only does Griessman give us Lincoln quotes, but he also weaves each one into a little jewel of an essay on that particular subject.” Wayne C. Temple, renowned Lincoln scholar, Illinois State Archives

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Jefferson On Truth And Error

Unusual Quotations: Thomas Jefferson On Seeking Truth And Tolerating Error

“…here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it.”

—Thomas Jefferson (1820 letter to Willam Roscoe describing the mission of the new university in Charlottesville; quoted In “Lincoln and Obama” by Gene Griessman)

If you want a quotation book you can trust, there’s not a single spurious quote in—

The Words Lincoln Lived By

“This is a book to cherish and share.”—Bill Marriott, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

“Not only does Griessman give us Lincoln quotes, but he also weaves each one into a little jewel of an essay on that particular subject.” Wayne C. Temple, renowned Lincoln scholar, Illinois State Archives

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When To Say What You Say: Procrastination Can Be A Good Thing

When You Say Something May Be More Important Than What You Say: The Power Of Deliberate Procrastination  By Gene Griessman

Contrary to wide belief, many decisions need not be made immediately. You can say, “I’d like to give this matter some thought.”  Then add the power phrase: “I’ll get back to you.”

Obviously some situations demand an immediate decision. A gas leak, for instance.

But many, probably most, of your decisions will be better thought out if you give yourself time to properly think them out. This rule applies to personal as well as business decisions.

Overnight is good. A full 24 hours is better.

What 24 hours does is give you time to gather more information, tamp down excessive  emotions, give your subconscious a chance to do its work, think about unanticipated consequences of your preferred response, and script yourself in order to communicate your decision effectively.

If it’s a really important decision, 24 hours will give you time to discuss it wth your mastermind group.  (I have been a member of a mastermind group for years.  Invaluable!)

And, sometimes if you’re lucky, the problem will solve itself within 24 hours.

The 24-hour rule is particularly useful if you’re involved in conflict resolution, negotiations, or politics.  If 24 hours are there for the taking, be sure to take them.

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whenever you can. The Words Lincoln Lived By

“This is a book to cherish and share.”—Bill Marriott, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

“Not only does Griessman give us Lincoln quotes, but he also weaves each one into a little jewel of an essay on that particular subject.” Wayne C. Temple, renowned Lincoln scholar, Illinois State Archives

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Unusual Quotations:Inspiration

Where Great Art Comes From: Kandinsky On Inspiration

“Every artist knows, who works with feeling, how suddenly the right form flashes upon him…a true work of art must be like an inspiration.”  Wassily Kandinsky, famed Russian-born French abstract painter (1866-1944).

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The Words Lincoln Lived By

“This is a book to cherish and share.”—Bill Marriott, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

“Not only does Griessman give us Lincoln quotes, but he also weaves each one into a little jewel of an essay on that particular subject.” Wayne C. Temple, renowned Lincoln scholar, Illinois State Archives

You will also enjoy Lincoln Speaks To Leaders by Gene Griessman and Pat Williams.

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Unusual Quotations:Who Is A Fool

Unusual Quotations:The Difference Between Ignorance And Folly

Here is one of my favorite political quotations. Does it apply to any politician you can think of?

He who knows not/And knows he knows not/Is ignorant.

Teach him.

He who knows not/And knows not he knows not/Is a fool.

Shun him.

If you want a quotation book you can trust, there’s not a single spurious quote in—

The Words Lincoln Lived By

“This is a book to cherish and share.”—Bill Marriott, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

“Not only does Griessman give us Lincoln quotes, but he also weaves each one into a little jewel of an essay on that particular subject.” Wayne C. Temple, renowned Lincoln scholar, Illinois State Archives

A stirring, inspirational treasury of quotations.

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Oscar Wilde On Seeing

Unusual Quotations: Seeing

“To look at a thing is very different from seeing a thing.”   Oscar Wilde

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