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  1. AppalachianRNstudent

    What Socialist America will look like.

    You can't be serious with this question, right? I find your sarcasm off-putting. In all likelihood, many of these nurses experienced burn-out and changed or maybe they were laid off. Burn-out often accompanies poor wages and an overwhelming and unsafe workload which is typical under capitalism.
  2. AppalachianRNstudent

    Wealth. Who Rules America?

    So - in relation to the information presented in the article - what do you think about the following questions.
  3. AppalachianRNstudent

    What Socialist America will look like.

    Actually I think I got the dates confused. The Paris Commune was crushed in 1870 or 1873 - I think I . And no, I don't defend it or denounce it. I try to learn from it. And what this particle social experiment demonstrated was that as long as capitalism exists, communes and other cooperative efforts will struggle and eventually fail.
  4. AppalachianRNstudent

    Children facing destitution in the US

    No socialist revolution would seek to take wealth away from other workers. The risk of losing your 401k is greater under capitalism than under a possible socialist regime. Many people have already lost large chunks or all of their 401k's due to the most recent capitalist failure - which is ongoing I might add.
  5. AppalachianRNstudent

    New York City police arrest over 700 anti-Wall Street protesters

    None, as far as I know. Even though they brought firearms to events and commonly held signs inciting violence. One such sign comes to mind; "it's time to water the tree". Which refers to the saying that the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. The Wall Street Protestors have not broken the law, as far as I know. I defend their right to exercise their first amendment rights - in the same way that I defend the rights of the fascist, reactionary and corporate controlled Tea Party to exercise its rights. It is interesting how one group (the Wall Street Protestors) which represents an affront to the Wall Street stranglehold over government is worthy of "shame", arrests and infringements on basic democratic rights - while another (the Tea Party) which in fact represents the most reactionary social forces in our society is free from infringement of their basic democratic rights. Obviously, the Tea Party does not threaten the existing social order and in fact encourages the status quo ante forces of the world which are the financial oligarchy and their political enforcers (government).
  6. AppalachianRNstudent

    Children facing destitution in the US

    No, I'm not. I advocate workers democratic control of the means of production under a socialist society designed to meet human need - not private profit. Such a measure indicates revolutionary tasks - including the expropriation of wealth and resources and the overthrow of the bourgeois political establishment.
  7. New York City police arrest over 700 anti-Wall Street protesters
  8. AppalachianRNstudent

    What Socialist America will look like.

    Resources first come from the earth - and are procured by human labor. Furthermore, human beings are a resources (a commodity under capitalism). What is the purpose of corporate expansion under capitalism? Expansion, as it currently takes place - is not done to fulfill human need, but to meet the demands of profit. In a socialist world this would not be the case - because there would be no amassing of profit. If the case demanded - workers may democratically decide to set aside a surplus - but again, this would be democratically decided and the impetus for such a decision would be based on need. There are many ways in which this could work. For example, if it were recognized, that society needed a mass transit system the matter would be voted on in a direct democratic fashion and the surplus accrued from human labor could be allocated to meet that need. Cannon could not, and did not attempt to lay out every single conceivable possibility under socialism. To do so would have been akin to holding a carrot in front of the people - and that is not scientific socialism, it is idealist utopianism. There are 500,000 unemployed nurses in the United States, if they were re-introduced into the work force, it would be "enough to fill all the nursing vacancies in the US twice over". I have no idea what "socialistic organization" you are talking about. But, it's important to point out - that a commune or workers cooperative is not scientific socialism. Capitalism and socialism can not exist at the same time without the former (which is international and constitutes the economic foundation of society) infringing on the latter. This was learned through bitter experience in the early to mid 19th century - specifically in the Paris Commune - which was bitterly crushed in 1848 by the bourgeois establishment.
  9. AppalachianRNstudent

    "China's list of billionaires expands again"

    Nothing now. Thank you for clarifying.
  10. AppalachianRNstudent

    What Socialist America will look like.

    The figures are global, not national. I'm saying that an extreme concentration on one end parallels with extreme social (like children starting to death) ills on the other. Which indicates one inherent contradiction under capitalism. And yes, those "400 US citizens" are just as responsible for the social ills as the "filthy rich" in other countries. What you seemingly fail to comprehend, is that the world is globally integrated and distribution of resources is controlled by transnational corporations (which may have their headquarters on a national lever, produce goods on an international level and sell those goods on a transnational level) many of which are corporations headquartered in the US - based on whatever is most profitable. This represents another inherent contradiction within the system because - among other things - it makes the nation-state redundant. And the difference between 16,000 and 18,000 children starving to death each day is an error - not a contradiction. The above source references the UN food agency.
  11. AppalachianRNstudent

    Children facing destitution in the US

    I don't support or speak for the government so I fail to see why you are asking me this question.
  12. AppalachianRNstudent

    "China's list of billionaires expands again"

    You wrote, "their lack of free speech, freedom of press, religion, and right to vote, being ruled by a dictator is pure communist". I took it to mean that you believed that communism incorporated the above.
  13. AppalachianRNstudent

    What Socialist America will look like.

    Bourgeois morality is plagued with contradictions. You argument defends the "right" of say - the richest 400 Americans to control $1.53 trillion in wealth, while 18,000 children die every day from starvation. The reason that they are starving to death - is because the distribution of food is based on profit - not need. Essentially, your sentiment defends the right of 400 people to amass obscene levels of wealth - at the expense of the lives of 16,000 children.
  14. AppalachianRNstudent

    What Socialist America will look like.

    Under capitalism, people work because if they don't they could face destitution. Under socialism, they will work to progress and evolve the human social condition.
  15. AppalachianRNstudent

    What Socialist America will look like.

    Yes there would. Again, wealth is not created by the corporation. It is created by the workers of corporation. New businesses would be based on need and voted on democratically to determine whether or not said business proposal would be allowed resources for development. I never wrote "underclass". I wrote working class which has a very specific meaning. Anyone who sells his or her labor power to a capitalist in order to live, is a worker. Workers produce all the commodities of the world and provide all the services - which makes them revolutionary. Cuba was a society based on the petty-bourgeois notion that the peasantry have revolutionary power, which they don't. The reasons for it's decay are long - but one can not ignore the economic embargo established by the major imperialist powers as the leading reason. If the imperialist cuts you off from the rest of the world - in this age of transnational production - you will not last. There are seven billion people on the planet - more than enough to provide for a vibrant and productive workforce. The nursing profession has a high turnover rate due to poor staffing which leads to nurse burnout. In a socialist society, hospital floors would be adequately staffed and thus burnout would be reduced. And yes, there are more than enough people to fill the role. Cannon's suggestion that the elimination of wages and money as a possibility is a reference to communism - which is the final stage of socialism. He explains how things could work during the transitional (the stage in between capitalism and socialism - as advocated by Trotsky) the socialist and finally the communist stages. Ultimately, these problems will be worked out democratically in the course of revolutionary struggle.
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