Friday, September 24, 2010

LBC-The "isms"

Doric Temple, Segesta, Italy


The Loose Bloggers Consortium, is an informal group of bloggers who post on a given topic each Friday. One topic is posted, then each member gives it their individual treatment. The current members are, in alphabetical order:
 CONRAD, GAELIKAAGRANNYMAR , MAGPIE11, MARIA,and RUMMUSER (ANU, ASHOK,GINGER,HELEN,MARIANNA are on hiatus )  . You might want to check out this link that describes each site, Friday and Mention a Few Blogs Day!

Merriam-Webster's dictionary meaning:   (1): a distinctive doctrine, cause, or theory

I wasn't for sure about how to address this weeks topic. So, I went on the Internet, that trusty well of information (trusty?). A distinctive doctrine, cause, or theory; I guess like tourism. Though I'm not sure whether that would be as listed doctrine, cause or theory. Brings to mind this sentence, "I think tourism is a booming business!".

I searched a bit further and ran across someone asking what a good definition of Capitalism, Socialism, Communism and Fascism would be. I discovered that the meaning of these words have changed since I was in school, at least, according to this website.

The site said "Capitalism" was suppose to represent a free market, but it's really nothing more than the idea that a person with wealth has a legitimate claim on a portion of whatever someone else might produce using his wealth." Socialism" is pretty nearly the opposite. Under socialism, all wealth-anything that can be put to productive use, including labor-is held in common and everything produced is likewise held in common. "Communism", is a specific case of socialism in which the means of production are seized by the lower echelons of society in a violent global revolution. And finally, "Fascism" is a political system (while capitalism and socialism are economics and communism is both economics and political) in which all power is held by the state and the individual has no rights unless granted them by the state.

Webster's dictionary gives the following meaning: Capitalism is an economic system, marked by open competition in a free market, in which the means of production and distribution are privately or corporately owned and development is proportionate to increasing accumulation and reinvestment of profits.A political or social system based on capitalism. Socialism is a social system in which the producers possess political power and the means of producing and distributing goods. The theory or practice of those who support such a social system. Communism is a social system marked by the common ownership of the means of production and common sharing of labor and products. A system of government in which the state controls the means of production and a single authoritarian party holds power with the intention of establishing a social order in which all goods are shared equally. Fascism is a philosophy or governmental system marked by stringent socioeconomic control, a strong central government headed by a dictator, and often a belligerently nationalistic policy.

Similar, yet the verbiage slant is questionable. Which is scary when I think of the youth of today going on line for information.  If parents aren't monitoring their children's use of the Internet, just think about how much misinformation is learned, and due to their inexperience they're unable to tell the difference; nor do they have anyone to discuss the subject with to help them decide the correct path to follow.
Conrad is the one to thank for coming up with this week's topic. There's so many insights and viewpoints to cover "isms".  It's one that can be debated and written about and still never come up with complete agreement.  Good one Conrad!


gaelikaa said...

There are so many 'isms' that the mind literally boggles.

You've done justice to this topic, Judy. Well done!

rummuser said...

Judy, let me give you some fruit for thought about the youth of today! It is again a twisted definition of Existentialism. In existentialism, one took responsibility for actions on the presumption that one thought about the action before doing anything about it. Youth today, act first and think subsequently, because they are getting conditioned to play computer games which train them to do so.

septembermom said...

I love coming to a blog and learning a thing or two :) Thanks Judy!

Grannymar said...

I too was unsure of the route to take on the 'ism' map. You did well.