Agrippina wrote: crank wrote:
You keep saying that but can't produce any evidence for it. Not using Russia as an example in one publication is hardly damning. Hedges hasn't changed, he's been doing what he does for years, the RT gig is new.
Besides the idea that communism is "left" has been out of date since the 1990s. Communism and socialism are not the same thing, not anymore at least.
Left wing politics is about creating social structures that benefit all of the population, and making everyone fair their fair share of taxes. While it has its roots in communism, socialism does not advocate that the state should own everything and control everything. Capitalism has its place. It's extreme profiteering and milking employees for everything that goes against socialism.
So please let's hear what is bad about making people take smaller bonuses and contribute more to tax?
What is bad about everyone having access to health care?
What is bad about people being allowed to choose what they want to do with their own bodies?
What is bad about people marrying the people they choose to have in their lives?
What is bad about the entire population having access to clean water, a decent education, working roads, a properly-funded police force, and people being protected from being exploited in the workplace?
What is bad about people being allowed to worship, or not, in whatever way they choose?
What is terrible about having leisure activities supported and funded from the government money pool, so that talented people can use their talents to earn a living, and thereby make leisure more pleasurable for all the people, making sure that public parks, preserved areas, wildlife, and the environment are protected against exploitation by people who only want to extract whatever they can from those areas, to make themselves even wealthier?
This isn't communism. This is being responsible and taking steps to make everyone who contributes towards the tax pool to have an equal chance to make the best of their lives. It is what people on the left of the political spectrum want, those "liberals" the right calls "commies" because the word conjures up the fears of the cold war:
Communism is where the state owns everything. Where no one, not even the president lives in comfort, but where everyone shares whatever space there is and possesses only what they need to make the wealth of the state and its war machine even bigger, and better. In communism, the president would only have an office in a palace where he/she makes treaties without other communists to wipe out capitalism by conducting war, especially war on citizens who don't toe the line.
The right wants the most wealthy people to pay as little tax as they can get away with. They want workers to "pull themselves up by their bootstraps" even if they don't have boots with straps. They want people to starve or work longer hours for less money while they gather the wealth they gain from charging exorbitant prices for the goods the workers make, but can't afford to buy, and to not pay taxes on the profits. They want small government that offers no protection to the people who make money for them, and as little education as the workers need to be able to do the most menial jobs while their family members, and connections do the more specialised work. They do not want anything, including arts, the humanities, and science to interfere with their moneymaking.
ETA: Here is a right-winger's dream come true.