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Socialism as an Insult Stamp by Spikytastic Socialism as an Insult Stamp by Spikytastic
OR: Why I hate sitting in my econ class with people who just parrot what their parents tell them.

Learn what that word means before using it.
And I mean what it actually means, not what the talking heads on Fox news, your parents, and conservative bloggers say it means.
Slightly higher taxes and halfway-adequate health care do not socialism make.
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:iconcommander-rolex:
commander-rolex Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  New member
I used to be a socialist, and it was so bad because everyone ganged up on me for it
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Ddraigtanto Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
The most basic definition for Socialism is a system where everyone is politically and economically equal, even if they aren't inherently so. If one person is healthy, and another person has injuries, the socialist thing to do would have the healthy person help the wounded person if they can, you know, like being a decent human being.

It's not communism, communism is the collective ownership of property; and it's not Marxism, which wants to tear down the class system and create a classless society. It's about treating people equally, and being decent to one another.

The alternative is Conservatism, which is the belief that people are unequal, and that there are definite betters who have a right to rule society, and that everyone else is contractually obligated to submit to this if they live in that society for the good of 'social order'.

Gee, I wonder which one I support?
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fivelmousekewitz Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
Thank you! These people who hear a “socialism" think it's the Antichist. They have no idea how it works and just listen to these conservative heads in the media on how it's the most horrible thing in the world. Tell that to Europe you indoctrinated sheep! :iconsheepplz:
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Briannabater Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional Photographer
Ayep
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:iconcosmicqueenie:
CosmicQueenie Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
proud socialist here, beep beep.
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:iconbriannabater:
Briannabater Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional Photographer
Yay!
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Velicen Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
It's sad that in the US, "socialism" and "communism" are commonly used to refer to anything ultra-conservatives don't like. :( (Sad) 
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joeisbadass Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Same goes to "fascist"
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:iconatamolos:
Atamolos Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actual Definition - "Socialism is an economic system characterized by social ownership of the means of production and co-operative management of the economy."

Conservative Definition - "Obama, death squads, and Nazis!"
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:iconlordelthibar:
LordElthibar Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
It is to me
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:iconemperor-sama:
Emperor-sama Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Socialism now is often applied in the same manner as Communism was in the 50's and 60's. In short, if it has any relation towards Communism (which people barely know about other than what classes beat into the heads of students), it's automatically evil.
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WrathFan99 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Student General Artist
I know , right ?! It annoys me so fuckin` much when these reactionary assholes misdefine Socialism as any form of government intervention !
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Xaldinpwn Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
This makes me think about that famous quote from the Princess Bride. "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
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Young-stoaty-chap Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And it fucking pisses me off when people say Hitler was a Socialist.
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EastZombie Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
To be fair, though, the Nazis were "National Socialists" so it's not difficult to see why people who don't know a lot about the different economic systems and/or the Third Reich might think "National Socialism" is socialism. 
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BasilsAngelofMusic Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Considering that Socialists were also a group that Hitler targeted as well.
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1980goldclick Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
SOCIALISM:
  1. political system of communal ownership: a political theory or system in which the means of production and distribution are controlled by the people and operated according to equity and fairness rather than market principles
  2. movement based on socialism: a political movement based on principles of socialism, typically advocating an end to private property and to the exploitation of workers
  3. stage between capitalism and communism: in Marxist theory, the stage after the proletarian revolution when a society is changing from capitalism to communism, marked by pay distributed according to work done rather than need
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MarcN95 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Same goes for the term "Communist".
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:iconbrash-razmatazz:
Brash-Razmatazz Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Ditto. I also wish people would learn the difference between socialism and communism.
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:iconthestralwizard:
ThestralWizard Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
and anarchist.
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:iconsoviet-shock-trooper:
Soviet-Shock-Trooper Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Proud to be a Socialist!! 8-)
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:iconkjeldo:
kjeldo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
All hail socialism!

Do not mind me, or tell me that i'm annoying.
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Sonikkubumu Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How I came to become a Socialist Anarchist was through myself, my parents never indoctrinated me into any belief or philosophy.
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:iconmike-the-cat:
Mike-the-cat Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Learn what fascism means before you use it as an insult.

Thank you and have good day.
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:iconindigowolfe:
IndigoWolfe Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012   Digital Artist
Oh no, I know exactly what it means, and I've also read plenty of history.
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:iconbttlrp:
bttlrp Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
I bet you have. "A patriot's guide to socialism AKA fdr" doesn't count bro
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:iconindigowolfe:
IndigoWolfe Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013   Digital Artist
Well, shucks. Then I'd better return that book to the local 'Murica Used Books and renounce my intellectually backward ways.

Thanks, bro.
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:iconcoolclaytony:
coolclaytony Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
"A theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole."- Dictionary.com

Damn; that sounds like a pretty sweet deal, I could stand for some socialism in my life.
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roguebfl Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Yep the key is Socialism unlike Communism doesn't rule out private business along side of the public ones. Like public owner ship of instruction like roads so everyone have fair access to them for their private needs and allow private business use them to move their goods equally.
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:iconcoolclaytony:
coolclaytony Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
While i've always had a positive connotation of socialism, I realize now that i've never acctually learned what it means. I must go find a dictionary.
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Morcante Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As a lass who lives in Mississippi, every time I mention that I favor socialism over capitalism, I start a holy war of an unrivaled caliber; everyone here drinks in FOX News like it's aque vitae.
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deideiblueeyez Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Truly I say to you, I AGREE.

I live in Wisconsin, and while it's not known as a Red state or a Blue state, once you get up north where the accent gets more twangy and Canadian-esque, it also gets very conservative and hillbilly-like.

Stupid Junior guy named Churchill who gets all his information from Fox News (ack! :puke:) and whenever we talk about capitalism it's like this:

Him: -discussing government with US History teacher-- "would you rather be governed the right way (capitalism) or the wrong way (socialism"

Seriously, socialism is NOT bad. If you're taking examples from former Soviet Russia or China or other countries, then that's.. just stupid.

First of all, Soviet Russia under Stalin was a f*cked up bastardization of Leninism and even then I don't think it was socialism.

People saying, "What Obama's doing is socialist." Well maybe we need some tighter reigns on all these corporations and stuff that are bleeding us dry! Sweden is pretty .. socialist, well it's very fair, and their one of the few countries in Europe that are actually still doing well. Compare that with Ireland, which has steam-trained itself forward implementing very, very capitalistic agendas, and their unemployment rate is like, 30%..

Ooops, sorry for politically ranting.. But anything about politics gets me angry, since people only see THEIR party's side and aren't willing to listen to any other side .. That's why I watch The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report
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KnoFear Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Student Writer
I wish I could where this stamp wherever I go.
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ilikecustard Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Thank you! I almost cried tears of joy when I saw this stamp! Why does everyone think that anyone who veers even slightly to the left is a socialist, and why do they think its a bad thing?
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:iconcoolclaytony:
coolclaytony Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Two words "Red Scare". Or at least it was a contributing factor anyway.
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:iconpersonfaceperson:
personfaceperson Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
OMG THANK YOU!!! Democratic socialist right here
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:iconcomatosecritic:
ComatoseCritic Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Oh. My. God. I love you.
I am a socialist and you deserve the highest of fives.
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:iconbrotha-yasuji:
Brotha-Yasuji Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
What he said.
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:iconshellbelle92:
ShellBelle92 Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
L.O.V.E.I.T.
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:iconlook0verthere:
Look0verthere Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
so true
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:iconlone-ripple:
Lone-Ripple Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
If someone called me a socialist I'd say thank you :)
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:iconmaster-of-the-boot:
Master-of-the-Boot Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Because being left wing does not make you devil spawn.
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:iconnewtoniannocturn:
NewtonianNocturn Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
It isn't an insult.

I don't support it, but it is not an insult.
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:iconconservatoons:
Conservatoons Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
We know. That's why most Americans are against it.
Learn what capitalism is and what it has done. Ask yourself why India & China are growing stronger.
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:iconbttlrp:
bttlrp Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Because China's communist...?
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:iconconservatoons:
Conservatoons Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
China today is prob more capitalist than US. Sadly.
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:iconbttlrp:
bttlrp Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Agree! They have a proportionally bigger private sector than the UK and I think the US, they have the most lucrative private economy in the world
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:iconconservatoons:
Conservatoons Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Thanks Obama and the Liberal Democrat party.
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MidnightTea7 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
>_>''' Some Americans have such a funny concept of what socialism is...

Most European countries are relatively socialist compared to America and many of them are wealthy democracies.

Oh, btw. - while People's Republic of China embraced some capitalism, it's still a communist country. Have your facts straightened.
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napzilla79 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Thank you! I don't suppose you have a great big version of this to hang on billboards, do you?
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