I found this comment by a conservative poster who apparently thinks that the mere mention of the word "socialism" is supposed to be scary, or incite fear or something -- he certainly seems to react like a vampire when presented with garlic or crucifixes or sunlight. Here's the comment: -------------------- Elected Republicans and their supporters too often allow elected Democrats to get away with denying that they are socialists. Republicans expect that because they understand what socialism is, everyone else does, as well. But our education system has not taught the last two generations what socialism means and how to recognize it. We need to point out the dictionary definition of socialism at every opportunity. People who dont know what socialism is should look it up in Websters Student Dictionary. You will find that this Congress and this President are in the act of a socialist takeover of the United States, with your help. To save you the small trouble of looking it up, let me tell you how the dictionary defines socialism. It is the theory of public collective ownership or control of the basic means of production, distribution, and exchange, with the avowed aim of operating for use rather than for profit. Sound familiar? -------------------- You know, a "public collective ownership" which controls the means of production does not seem so bad an idea to me these days.... Right now, through our wonderful system of corporate capitalism, we are letting large (too-big-to-fail) international corporations control the means of production: Exxon-Mobil, Wal-Mart, ConocoPhillips, Chevron, General Motors, Citigroup, General Electric, Bank of America, Pfizer, J.P. Morgan Chase, Toyota, AIG, etc. --- Frankly, a "governement option" created to compete with most of these industries (energy, banking, pharmaceutical, transportation) does not sound like an off-base idea. I think out of the lot, only Wal-Mart keeps prices low and quality moderate.... by means of sweatshops and slave labor wages in second and third world countries. Also. Industries that "...operate for use rather than for profit simply does not sound ominous to be. Call me a socialist. But I'm reacting to the logical extent of the fruits of capitalism that we've all witnessed in the past decade.