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03 Jun 2013, 2:59 pm

I'm a communist. I'm wondering if my Asperger played a role there? What do you think?



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03 Jun 2013, 3:46 pm

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03 Jun 2013, 3:52 pm

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I'm a communist. I'm wondering if my Asperger played a role there? What do you think?


If I may ask, why are you a communist?

To answer your question, being an aspie has nothing to do with being a communist. I'm aspie and I'm not even a liberal.



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03 Jun 2013, 4:09 pm

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If I may ask, why are you a communist?

Because I love communism and hate capitalism, fascism, religion and all right wing politics.



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03 Jun 2013, 4:27 pm

i'll take a SWAG at it- i'm guessing that higher-functioning aspies tend to prefer engaging in unfettered capitalism simply because they can. [whereas lower-functioning aspies such as myself tend to lack the smarts and cajones to be such]



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03 Jun 2013, 4:32 pm

I'm not sure what happened to my reply. I too hate fascism. Nor am I a fan of capitalism as it is currently practiced. As far as religion goes, I'm not religious myself, but do have great respect for the sincerely religious. And I'm not a communist. I'm still puzzled as to why you are. Have you read about the history of communism as it was actually practiced?



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03 Jun 2013, 4:46 pm

x7b4 wrote:
Thelibrarian wrote:
If I may ask, why are you a communist?

Because I love communism and hate capitalism, fascism, religion and all right wing politics.


That's too bad. But if you prefer failure over success, that is your business, not ours.



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03 Jun 2013, 4:48 pm

One of the most leftist people I know says that the United States is showing the world how to become the world's most successful socialist state. While I think he's wrong, you do have to admit that the working poor in the United States are far better off than the working poor in any communist/socialist country that ever existed.



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03 Jun 2013, 4:50 pm

I don't think AS has much effect on ideology, I myself am a liberal capitalist, though I can imagine there might be more AS atheists or agnostics since from my experience we tend to favour ideas based on logic over faith.



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03 Jun 2013, 4:51 pm

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the working poor in the United States are far better off than the working poor in any communist/socialist country that ever existed.

:huh: unique to America [relative to the rest of the west], the working poor have NO regular access to affordable healthcare. sure, the indigent/homeless can go to the ER but if a mcjob worker [IOW minimum wage and no benefits] tries that he or she will be financially ruined for life. even in cuba, there is healthcare for the working poor which won't bankrupt them.



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03 Jun 2013, 5:03 pm

@eric76: Fact is capitalism is a failure, see economic crisis and government debt, but if you prefer that, that is your business...



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03 Jun 2013, 5:05 pm

I lean Libertarian in terms of how the Federal government operates, but I'm fairly open to socialism operated by state and municipal government. We have state and local police. We have local fire rescue, ambulances,and snow plow service. it makes sense that a medical safety net could be run by city or state government to.

I also look to Canada and find some appeal in the fact that their Health Care seems to be Provincial. I'm sure Ottawa has some pull by attaching strings to subsidies, but they don't run the whole thing.



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03 Jun 2013, 5:07 pm

x7b4 wrote:
@eric76: Fact is capitalism is a failure, see economic crisis and government debt, but if you prefer that, that is your business...


The economic crisis and government debt is NOT the result of Capitalism. Rather, it is the result of turning away from and avoiding Capitalism.

Capitalism isn't a failure, it is big government that is the failure.



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03 Jun 2013, 5:10 pm

Economic crisis and government debt are only a problem in capitalist countries, but please come back to topic...



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03 Jun 2013, 5:10 pm

VIDEODROME wrote:
I lean Libertarian in terms of how the Federal government operates, but I'm fairly open to socialism operated by state and municipal government. We have state and local police. We have local fire rescue, ambulances,and snow plow service. it makes sense that a medical safety net could be run by city or state government to.

I also look to Canada and find some appeal in the fact that their Health Care seems to be Provincial. I'm sure Ottawa has some pull by attaching strings to subsidies, but they don't run the whole thing.


A couple of years ago, a woman from Canada who lives in Mexico wrote about her and her husband going to Canada for a medical operation for her husband. The operation would be paid for by the government, but it would be at least 6 to 8 weeks before it could be performed. They returned to Mexico and he had the operation the same week in Mexico. While they had to pay all of their medical bills out of their pocket, those bills were less than what it would have cost them to hang around in Canada for the 6 to 8 weeks waiting for the operation.



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03 Jun 2013, 6:12 pm

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Have you read about the history of communism as it was actually practiced?

I second this question! Yes, by all means, please read everything you can get your hands on about the history of communism and how it worked out. Let us know how you feel about it then.
To paraphrase Churchill: "Capitalism is the worst form of government, except for all the others". In other words, it's the best we've managed to come up with, as imperfect as it may be.