We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I have not seen breadlines. I have, however, seen hardware stores with nearly empty shelves in Romania in 1998, and gypsy children mobbing us for a few crayons.
Every year we went back it was better.
Assistant Village Idiot
It is interesting that freedom and democracy allows individuals to practice capitalism. Capitalism is simply put working one's ass off to bring products and services to a consuming public that is eager to buy the products and services. It is because of this that you can walk into a supermarket and seen bins over flowing with produce and aisle after aisle of shelves groaning under the weight of food and other household goods. You can find large supplies of clothing and household items and literally anything you might need.
What drives this? What makes an entrepreneur work 12-16 hour days and hire people to make these products? The hope and desire for success and the reward that goes with that success. Or to put it another way to achieve greater income inequality from his lazier neighbors. That is capitalism. It brings us all wealth, an abundance of goods and services AND not incidentally income inequality. The only way you can correct that income inequality is to break capitalism. And if you do that in the quest for income equality THEN you will have socialism and long lines waiting for food and empty shelves in the government stores.