What is a word you feel that too many people use?

I think there are multiple words that are used far too liberally in my opinion. Especially the accusatory words that have been floating around the political sphere and some social circles. I will start with a list of words that I feel are not only overused but whose definitions aren’t being used correctly or within the correct contexts.

  • Real Definition of Communism: a political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs

There are certainly SOME people who are all about communism, but I’m not entirely sure they realize how many have died under communist regimes. Not all of Karl Marx’s ideas were inherently terrible. As the saying goes, “the road to hell is always paved with good intentions” and I can’t imgine that Marx had explicitly ill intentions. Some people don’t understand that we do not need to be confined by the exact perameters set by Marx. I think that as a society we forget that we can pick and choose from a lot of different kinds of governmental systems and create a brand-new governmental system that borrows from other systems.

  • Real Definition of Socialism: a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.

There is only ONE country where the United States has not been able to destroy, and has in fact prospered, despite the United States insisting upon the idea that it’s somehow dangerous and bad when in fact, according to the World Population Review, “Bolivia is an example of a prosperous socialist country. Bolivia has drastically cut extreme poverty and has the highest GDP growth rate in South America.” The moral of the story is that the people we have elected to run the country, have systematically meddled in many different countries’ affairs for the sake of holding onto power out of fear of change.

Most European countries practice some form of Social Democratic policies, and those countries are included but not limited to:

  • Norway
  • Finland (also has the highest test scores among the 50 countries that were studied)
  • Sweden
  • Denmark
  • Great Britain
  • Canada
  • the Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Ireland
  • Belgium
  • Switzerland
  • Australia (fun fact they actually have a policy in place where it is mandatory that you vote in all elections if you’re eligible)
  • Japan
  • New Zealand

Basically, the words that I believe are overused are insults, well at the very least they’re meant to be insulting, but most people have no clue what they’re talking about when someone calls an individual who so much as mentions the words, “hey maybe we shouldn’t have privitized healthcare?” (although I don’t mean “universal healthcare” the way that Ukraine does it, thats essentially just robbing their citizens and that basically explains why Republicans want nothing to do with it, even though there are plenty of successful models that could be pointed to aside from the corrupt government of Ukraine) only to have that person call you a “commie” or a “socialist cuck” who just loves “sucking China’s dick,” which is an absolutely ridiculous thing to call someone in the 21st century.

I’m hesitant to tell people to “do their own research” because that has quickly turned into “do research that only fits YOUR held narrative” so I’m not going to do that. What I am going to do however is give you an insider tip that will be nominally helpful in making informed decsions and learning about our shared history as Americans. It’s called Libby by Overdrive, and it’s a website that is run by the public library system in certain states. It’s an online virtual library and all you need is a library card, and if you don’t have one, guess what? You can get an online library card with a phone number. If your state doesn’t offer it, use a VPN to trick the system into thinking you reside in that state. The library is one of the most valuable sources of information that you have unfettered access to. If it so happens that you enjoy listening to podcasts while working out, driving in the car, or just before bed, you can borrow audiobooks as well and even request books through your library’s website. In my state of Ohio they also offer free online courses that you can receive real CECs (continuing education credits) on everything from conflict resolution in the workplace to the study of Cosmology all the way to business and technology skills FOR FREE.

I know this next statistic is going to be hard to believe but any type of mainstream media news is not a good representation of whether ot not you are an informed member of society. Books are, and you can even look this up, a study was done comparing those who received their information from news sources like Fox, CNN, MSNBC, OAN, NBC, CBS, PBS, and other online news sources (and yes that does include Facebook unfortunately) are LESS informed about politics than those who read books or consume very little media. It turns out that the 24/7 news cycle that we have adopted does little to properly inform the public, which is a shame for journalists who work in the field because their findings are either edited to fit a desired narrative or critical pieces of context are left out to advance the personal agendas (and personal wealth) of the news anchors that propogate these lies in order to benefit their donors and even the media companies themselves.

The answer to the probelm? Books. a good, old-fashioned book. When non-fiction books are written (or any book for that matter, but especially non-fiction books) there is obviously a process. An editor from the publishing company that has decided to publish your book has to be given a manuscript (basically a rough draft) of your book. Most people assume that this includes only grammatical errors but it also includes the structure of the book, the names of chapters, citations, and that the facts being presented are accurate ones. This process ensures that all of the information presented in the book is accurate and ensures that there has been enough time for all of the information to come out instead of breaking news headlines that are meant to illicit fear to encourage people to fight amongst one another or motivate people to go vote. Books allow for in-depth clarity and require that all of the contexts and nuances of any given situation or historical event that the mainstream news doesn’t care about or doesn’t have time to explain within the time constraints given for each news anchor.

Do yourself and your sanity a favor, and pick up a book. The world is a lot brighter and full of hopeful opportunities that are being overshadowed by the doom and gloom that brings in views and revenue.

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