Why do you Call Yourself a Socialist?

Once again, people will ask Socialists who embrace free enterprise, why do they call themselves Socialist? Norman Thomas noted, with the lack of interest and people not revolting, that there is something about the system that works.
Since I publish m y own Cookbooks, someone asked that question of why. And then there was this barrage of support for Collectivism.
In a free and democratic society one is able to use their imagination and inventiveness and do better, at times financially and as human beings.
There has been criticism on worker owned Co-ops because they are Capitalist. We live in a world that functions on commerce and trade, the primary source of exchange is currency, money. We live in a moneyed world. Peoples survival, livelihood, depends on this capital.
Yes, Wall Street Capitalism and Corporatism presents a plutocratic nightmare for all. These function on Capitalism.
But there is a support for Collectives and the end of Capitalism. This is unrealistic and should not even be a consideration.
Collectivism is the political theory that states that the will of the government is omnipotent, an individual must obey; that society as a whole, not the individual, is the unit of moral value Collectivism is the application coercion and force to sacrifice creativity and imagination and even ability.
Individualism is sacrificed for collectivism, which subordinates the individual to the group (which means talent and intelligence may be suppressed. A person’s moral worth is judged by how much he sacrifices himself to the group.
Collectivism is a form of dehumanizing dronism.
In Co-operativism it is believe that things work best when ordinary people have a voice, and when services are accountable to the people who use them.
In In England the Co-operative Party was almost exclusively concerned with the trading and commercial problems of the co-operative movement. Since the 1930s it has widened its emphasis, using influence gained through strong links with the political and commercial left to spread what it sees as Co-operative ethos and moral principles. The basic principles underpinning the party are to seek recognition for co-operative enterprises, recognition for the social economy, and to advance support for co-operatives and co-operation across Europe and the developing world. The party stands for a sustainable economy and society, a culture of citizenship and socially responsible business represented by the practice of retail and industrial co-operatives. The Co-operative Party seeks to advance its agenda through the Parliamentary Labour Party, with whom it shares common values. This means democracy in the work place, a vote and say in initiatives rather than taking orders as in Collectivism.

Free Enterprise. It has been proven in many ways creative individuals have the right to Intellectual Property and or Private Property. In recent years, “entrepreneurship” has been extended from its origins in business to include social and political activity. Entrepreneurship within an existing firm or large organization has been referred to as intrapreneurship and may include corporate ventures where large entities spin off subsidiary organizations. Entrepreneurs are leaders willing to take risk and exercise initiative, taking advantage of market opportunities by planning, organizing, and employing resources.

Although mostly entrepreneurship has created work place adversity selfishness and greed, it does not have to be that way. Not exactly work place democracy, Costco The non-union locations have revisions to their Costco Employee Agreement every three years concurrent with union contract ratifications in locations with collective bargaining agreements. The Employee Agreement sets forth such things as benefits, compensations, wages, disciplinary procedures, paid holidays, bonuses, and seniority. The Employee Agreement is subject to change by Costco at any time and offers no absolute protection to the workers. As of March 2011, non-supervisory hourly wages ranged from $11.00 to $21.00 in the United States, $11.00 to $22.15 in Canada.

Social Enterprise. The Green Bay Packers are the only community-owned franchise in American major league professional sports. Rather than being owned by an individual, partnership, or corporate entity, they are held in 2015 by 364,122 stockholders. It is this broad-based community support and non-profit structure which have kept the team in Green Bay for nearly a century in spite of being the smallest market in all of North American professional sports. This is one manner of Social Enterprise.
Then we look at the TV show Shark Tank, many people show inventiveness and creativity in their endeavors, why should this belong to the masses? These people have earned success by imagination, hard work, inventiveness. That belongs to the individual. Individuality should not disappear in a Society that embraces Democratic Socialism.


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