Concern for the Future

I have a great deal of Concern for the Future. The main reason why is there are so many people who don’t understand the meaning of certain social, economic and political terms. So, here goes…

  • Conservatism – A political doctrine where someone resists changes and holds to traditional, time-honored values. In the U.S.A., this means they resist changing the Constitution, honor religious values (as protected by the 1st Amendment), freedom of speech (again, as protected by the 1st Amendment), etc. Someone who follows this ideology is called a “Conservative”. What it is not: It is NOT fascism.
  • Liberalism – A political doctrine where someone pushes for change if it doesn’t suit the current trends. In the U.S.A., this means if you don’t like guns, change the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution, if you don’t like what people say, change the 1st Amendment, etc. Someone who follows this ideology is called a “Liberal”.
    What it is not: It is not caring for the poor and needy.
  • Socialism – a form of government where the government controls the production of goods and services. There are two types of property – private (homes, cars, etc.) and public (factories, stores, etc.) The rule of law is usually a consortium of people.
    What it is not: It is not caring for the poor and needy.
  • Communism – a form of government where the government owns the means of production and services – an extreme form of socialism. Nobody owns property, real or otherwise. The rule of law is usually a dictatorship.
    What it is not: it is not what Christ taught.
  • Capitalism – a macro-economic system where businesses operate without government interference. Owners are individuals, partners, or a group of investors.
    What it is not: It is not greed.
  • Authoritarianism – a form of government where laws are so strict the citizens feel they have little choice. Consequences are usually harsh and contrived. Example: Heavy fines for parking in a handicap space.
  • Totalitarianism – a form of government so harsh that citizens are jailed or executed for breaking laws. Example: Countries where you can be executed for extramarital sex.
  • Libertarianism – a form of government where there is very little government involvement.
  • Democracy – a government where the majority rules.
  • Republic – a representative government where an elected body (like Congress and the Senate) create laws.
  • Constitution – the ultimate law of any organization. Other rules or laws may be created, but they cannot contradict the laws of the constitution.

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