Stealth socialism: follow the money
by Jon Rappoport
October 29, 2017
“If I fund you, I own you.”
“No you don’t.”
“Want to see what happens if I cut off the funding flow?”
“I’ve made my point. Case closed.”
In “classical” socialism, the government owns the means of production. It owns all business and companies and corporations. It decides what is produced, where it is distributed, who benefits, who suffers.
This classical definition allows an escape hatch. “Look at America. How many companies are actually owned by the federal government? How many are in private hands? America isn’t even close to being a socialist nation…”
Now let’s get real. In actual practice, socialism means the central government controls increasing chunks of the economy by funding them.
The government doesn’t literally have to own thousands of businesses. Government can FUND businesses. With contracts. In that case, what these companies produce is flowing from government money. “I don’t literally own you. But I bankroll you. If I removed that money, you would be in a great deal of trouble…”
That IS a covert form of government owning the means of production.
In 2014, the US federal government budget was $3.5 trillion. What did it do with that money (besides hiding and stealing some portion of it)? It spent it. It spent it by giving out contracts to private companies and government entities.
Government was so obsessed with spending it, the budget went into the red to the tune of $484 billion.
In 2014, the GDP (Gross Domestic…Read More