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  •  I agree with coffee talk (0+ / 0-)

    about the continuum of socialism and capitalism. And I guess my point, respectfully, is that if we accept the right's argument that capitalism is the single best system for ingenuity and motivation, doesn't that mean that the converse (or inverse) about socialism is true? How do we argue for more steps to the left in that continuum if we are "agreeing" with the right wing that it is destructive to motivation, ingenuity, and inventiveness?

    •  Because the "single best system" is not (2+ / 0-)
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      84thProblem, DFWmom

      PURE, UNREGULATED capitalism.  We've never had that.  We have a modified capitalism.  Some aspects are socialistic -- our infrastructure (roads, bridges) are socialistic; our police and fire services, etc.  We have community ownership of certain aspects of our lives, in those areas where the private market cannot efficiently provide services.  

      The "single best system" is some sort of modified capitalism -- community ownership of those areas where the free market cannot function.  The argument is over what those areas should be -- the left would include more areas (more socialism), the right, or libertarians especially, would include fewer areas (less socialism).  And, we should have a regulated capitalism that provides most people with the opportunity necessary to gain skills that they can use to make their own lives better, as well as provide a safety net for those who cannot take care of themselves.  Again, the argument between the left and the right is how to do that.  

      •  You're right (1+ / 0-)
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        Nowhere Man

        about the political tug of war, but I guess where we disagree is on modified capitalism. I think I might be further left on the continuum than you. ;) It sall good, most of my family is right of me and they're great people.

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