Capitalism with some socialist values is collaborative and smart. America is not in danger of losing our keen sense for individual rights. It is in danger of continually being ranked one of the poorest and most ill equipped nations concerning health care and education. If everyone is responsible to contribute, if everyone pays taxes, just as everyone gets health care or education, our nation is still able to support all for-profit endeavors on just about every economic level. It’s time to end war year propaganda concerning socialism, communism and all the scare tactics surrounding public dialogue. The public is not ruled by fear, but by reason, preference, and choice. We are able as a people to understand social values and still publicly maintain our consumer lifestyles enough to keep capitalism in its peak.
If I was a billionaire and knew that a vast amount of the population where I lived were hurting, unhealthy, financially stifled, emotionally exhausted, and if learning that the average American struggled to put food on the table every week making hard sacrifices, yet pay higher percentages in taxes than myself and did nothing, this would be the example of capitalism without any social values or responsibility- pure financial gain. This is extreme. When big corporations and the top one percent refuse to pay taxes that would benefit everyone is extreme. When does capitalism look like a dictatorship? When a nation’s decisions by a handful of leaders keep systems in place that leave people without an equal opportunity to get ahead. Has the poor not become poorer, has not the middle class remained stagnant and discouraged. Bailouts and recessions don’t cut it. How long do we allow the rich to get richer, feeding off loopholes, the corrupt, unaccountable systems benefiting the rich while programs are cut for the poor, the public are fed lies and excuses.
Capitalism always prioritizes money over values, it’s the nature of the beast. This doesn’t mean we need to be all beast. We can be a prince too. Money and social considerations cannot forsake the innocence and intergeterty of people serving other people to build strong communities with quality of life. Where has the focus gone? Where has our vision as a nation, to build a brighter future for our children gone? The climate crisis is scientifically proven, and still there is discord among our nation’s leaders about what to do. Has our priorities not gone astray when we can’t get the basics right like paying teachers and healthcare workers, and civil workers the pay they deserve. We are in need of desperate change, in the form of paradigm shifts, across our nation that embrace some common American values, such as civil and worker rights, simply leveling the playing field and giving everyone ownership of society with basic human right benefits. A nation hopefully progresses and grows into something better and new when more opportunity is available to the people. When people are healthy and can afford a decent life for their families they’re happy. America is growing out of the past and needs a new social discourse.
The public has been demanding more rights for women, for minorities, for immigrants, for workers. This nation has always been proud of the hard working American people. We still can be. We can take more ownership as a public that are trying to find a fresh dialogue between the old world and the new. The Republican and the democrat. The right wing, and the left, and the progressive. We are smart enough as a nation to sit down and think about everyone as a whole concerning some basic human rights like health, education, living wages without having to jebertize current systems that work. There are ways to doing this. There are ways to collaborate on every topic and implement both strategies into the solution no matter how high the stakes. It just takes believing that everyone is a valuable piece to our society and deserve to have a piece of the pie. I hope as a society we become generous in our hearts towards others, even while reaching for our own dreams.