Merriam-Webster look-up hawks choose 2 2012 words of the year: capitalism and socialism

  • Article by: LEANNE ITALIE , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 5, 2012 - 11:44 AM
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getcrazyDec. 5, 12 7:24 AM

I have something to look up. It's called social responsibility and it's what the wealthy and corporations try to avoid at all costs due to greed. They call medical coverage socialism. They don't want to offer wages that will allow hard working families the opportunity to pay for it because of outright greed. Many wages are not lower than they were ten years ago while our middle class costs have gone up. You want someone to blame for government health care? Blame corporations and the top 1%. Soon it will be the only way to get medical insurance.

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pitythefoolsDec. 5, 12 7:29 AM

"Thanks to the election, socialism and capitalism are forever wed as Merriam-Webster's most looked-up words of 2012."

And yet most posters on this site still don't know what either one actually means.

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greg62Dec. 5, 12 8:24 AM

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel or envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

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basia2186Dec. 5, 12 8:42 AM

Getcrazy-methinks you are crazy. My greedy corporation pays me over 75k and provides an excellent medical, dental and vision plan- at no cost to me. I work in a Taconite mine on the barren but beautiful Iron Range. I would not work at my job if there were no benefits, as making sure important things are taken care of have always been very important to me. I am a single mom who quit a lucrative and exciting real estate career when I "accidently" became pregnant (docs had told me I was infertile). See, I knew I must have health insurance and regular hours to have a child and raise him. Rather than take the easy way out and go on welfare, I took a low paying property management job that provided benefits. My now 24 year old son is self-supporting, bought a duplex in n.e. mpls. last year with his gal, and right now they are on a 12 day vacation in Jamaica. I moved back home to the range to help take care of my elderly mom, trying to keep her in her home as long as possible. I would rather have been "dabbling" in vintage finds and making pottery (I was a very good Potter) than my other career paths, but it would be difficult if not impossible to afford insurance on the money I would have made. So I took the RESPONSIBLE. route instead. Didn't. find my bliss, but I made sure no one else had to take care of us. Taking care of people that have made poor life choices should not be the job of responsible working people. The elderly and severely disabled need support. In fact they should get more than what they receive now. The rest? Get cracking! That is what my mom used to say. Able bodied lazy folks, unemployed welfare moms, should all be doing public service 8+ hours a day. Educational opportunities should also be available, and not on a volunteer basis. Teach people to fish. It will be a better world. Poverty is hell. Giving poor folks the bare minimum to survive in perpetuity is cruel.

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greg62Dec. 5, 12 9:08 AM

"Teach people to fish"____________Latest version of this proverb: "Give a man a welfare check, a cell phone, 60 in. hi def. flat screen TV complete with cable access and free internet/phone service, cash for his clunker, food stamps, multiple EBT cards, section 8 housing, Medicaid, 100 weeks of unemployment checks, a 40-ounce malt liquor, needles, drugs, contraceptives, and designer Air Jordan shoes and he will vote Democrat for a lifetime."

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pitythefoolsDec. 5, 12 9:15 AM

greg62: "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel or envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."

As I said...

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greg62Dec. 5, 12 9:41 AM

Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.

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sek2undrstndDec. 5, 1211:35 AM

greg62.....look up the term "market socialism". You might actually learn something. (Hint: "market socialism has its roots in the works of Adam Smith and the theories of classical economics.")

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greg62Dec. 5, 12 1:20 PM

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.

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getcrazyDec. 5, 12 6:52 PM

@basia2186--". I would not work at my job if there were no benefits, as making sure important things are taken care of have always been very important to me"----But would you shop at walmart or other corporate stores that have no semblance of social responsibility and instead pass the costs of those healthcare benefits to the rest of the taxpayers? If so you support a welfare state.

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