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Post by ronws on Mon Jan 18, 2010 8:30 am

Since it does involve politics, and money, what about the different political ideologies. Capitalism, socialism, communism, oligarchy, parliament, congress, tribal chieftains, anarchy.
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Post by Justinian on Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:33 am

Meh, I dunno really, I suppose I kind of like the idea of a welfare state in the shape of Ireland. But the problem is that you always end up with moochers who's only interest is queueing (?) up to collect their dole on a Friday and having all of it drank by Monday. But capitalism brings it's own problems. Rampant capitalism leads to inequality among the classes. E.G, the University system in America, I think that it is a violation of the Charter of Human Rights to make people pay for college. Everyone, regardless of intellect, should at least have the option to avail of third level education. So I suppose I can count myself lucky to live in a country where "free-education" actually means no fees.
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Post by ronws on Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:52 am

I would ask you one thing. Maybe I can't see it because I'm too close to it. How does capitalism lead to inequality of classes?
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Post by Justinian on Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:03 am

I need to make myself a little more clear, I am not anti-capitalism, but I believe that without a strong socialist presence working within the confines of a democratic governing system, capitalism looses the run of itself. Take the US for exmple.
In the United States, society is stratified and structured along race, class, and gender lines, such that some lives are considered more valuable than others. Resources and opportunities are unequally distributed among citizens. The U.S. economy is not structured to care for the people who have fewer resources. Thus, you have a substantial group of citizens who are underprivileged. They are not only poor, but also out of the mainstream and less able to participate in society. The supression of trade unions and the condemnation of any form of socialist ideal ensure that social inequality issues will always remain contentious (Did I spell that right?) in that country.

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