Then pretty much every country on the planet is socialist and that pretty much ends the discussion does it not?Absolutely!
"In 1848 Marx and Engels proposed that progressive taxation be used “to wrest, by degrees, all capital from the bourgeois, to centralize all instruments of production in the hands of the state.” Although communism has failed, the idea of progressive taxation, as a means of achieving “social justice,” remains ingrained in the modern liberal psyche."
Ending Tax Socialism | Cato Institute
So there is only 1 non socialist country in the western world then..Again, Hell yeah!
Not that you will actually listen to it. But here it is, as salient today as it was then...
So when the Americans stole Indian land wholesale.. then that was socialism too?Harsh? The notion that imminent domain was in this nation to only be used for constitutional purposes like the building of roads for example, and under, and only after "just compensation" for that property is limited in its use. The recent case of Kelo v New London broadened those powers of the government to take private property to redevelop, and increase tax revenue. This is a travesty...
"The Supreme Court's decision in Kelo v. City of New London, 545 U.S. 469 (2005) affirmed the authority of New London, Connecticut, to take non-blighted private property by eminent domain, and then transfer it for a dollar a year to a private developer solely for the purpose of increasing municipal revenues."
Eminent domain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This is socialism.