SALT LAKE CITY — State senators engaged in a lively debate Wednesday over the meanings of democracy, republic and even socialism in the American form of government. This misquote is a serious one, since the difference between a democracy and a republic is not merely a question of semantics but is fundamental. The word “republic” comes from the Latin res publica — which means simply “the public thing(s),” or more simply “the law(s).” “Democracy,” on the other hand, is derived from the Greek words demos and kratein, which translates to “the people to rule.” Democracy, therefore, has always been synonymous with majority rule. When so much of the press is owned by the extremely wealthy, is the truth getting through? Many contributors so far look at the excesses in the former Soviet Union and think thet was socialism. That is equivalent to saying that the capitalist dictators in South America are the epitome of capitalism. Merkel decided to allow Syrian refugees to seek asylum in Germany and as a result of her decision, over 1.1 million refugees from Syria but also from other Middle Eastern and North African countries arrived in Germany. Many people started to question Merkel’s approach, condemning her for the Islamisation” of Germany. The anxiety grew during the 2015 New Year’s Eve attacks in Cologne when aggressive crowds of men with North African origin robbed and sexually assaulted hundreds of local women. The situation led to the formation of a new anti-migration party The Alternative for Germany (AfD), who has won already seats in five regional parliaments between 2014 and 2016. Merkel’s acceptance of the asylum seekers led the right-wing parties to call her a naïve and to take advantage of the situation to consolidate their positions. This manifested in weekly anti-immigrant rallies in many places in Germany. When criticized for her choice of allowing thousands of migrants from the Middle East to come to Germany, Merkel insisted that the country is strong enough, economically and culturally, to cope with the situation. She was accused, however, by political analyst Arno Tausch of underestimating the effects of the mass migration that happened since 2015 onwards, with more than 2.6 million Arabs coming into Europe. As it did on post US 2012 election, that America’s status will be a bit better appreciated and accepted the world over in the next four year of Obama’s rule-And Obama cares for the weakest and poor denizens of the United States of America and the World. The US need to effectively take care of its poor and weak denizens for this country to keep on evolving and developing as a model for the world to see and imitate-as has been the case thus far.
Your reflections on the communal buildings at the House of David compound are fascinating and illuminating. I had no idea that “The small cottages were originally built for tourists.” I had friends who lived in those in the early 1980s. Socialism created the Totalitarian State, brought back slavery, produced government-created famines and poverty of enormous proportions, and executed tens of millions of innocent human beings as a result of a false intellectual doctrine with no individual rights, no incentive to work, no method to create commonweal, no rational way to allocate resources. Still, our schools have convinced our youth that Socialism is as good as the Economic Freedom that has enabled them to live in incredible luxury, in a country to which people from the world dream of immigrating. Socialism is a system in which ownership of assets, and the control over the means of production, are completely owned and controlled by the government. The central governmental authority takes over the economic affairs of society from the private sphere. Socialism is inimical to democracy. Compassionate Capitalism doesn’t describe it for me because it leaves out the social aspects of the idea of people working together for common causes. Communist – a system of government in which the state plans and controls the economy and a single – often authoritarian – party holds power; state controls are imposed with the elimination of private ownership of property or capital while claiming to make progress toward a higher social order in which all goods are equally shared by the people (i.e., a classless society). Office Depot was founded in October 1986 by F. Patrick Sher, Stephen Doughtery, and Jack Kopkin, who became the company’s chairman and chief executive officer, the president, and executive vice president respectively. Socialist and now Democratic frontrunner Bernie Sanders received his biggest cheers in New Hampshire when he promised that everyone would receive a free college or university education when he’s elected president of the United States. He also promised the federal government would forgive all college loans. An avowed Socialist his entire career, Sanders has never made it a secret he wants to transform the United States from a capitalist to a socialist nation. Generally, a new type of government is established when its earlier alternative fails to fulfill the needs of citizens. When such a type of government is established, the positive attributes of the previous government are retained whereas, the negative attributes are changed. Similarly, Democracy and Socialism were established. So, what exactly is the difference between Democracy and Socialism? These two types of government are differentiated based on factors like definition, ideologies, characteristics, structure, etc. The widely used definition of Democracy is “Government for the people, by the people, of the people” whereas, Socialism is defined as “Government with companies owning assests”.