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6. What Are “Isms?”

Capitalism, Communism, Socialism … why is the world obsessed with identifying with “isms?” And what do these things mean?

Key Terms 

  • Individualism: Allowing individuals to make their own choices independent of what the “collectives” may want.
  • Collectivism: Forcing individuals to act in a way that others have decided to be the “common good” to allegedly benefit the most people; prioritizing a group of people over each individual in it.
  • Socialism: A political and economic system in which people are  given products or services no matter what they produce.
  • Free  Market: An economic system where people are allowed to freely cooperate and exchange goods without excessive regulation  
  • Crony Capitalism: When successful businesses use government power in order to gain control in the marketplace

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Why does Andrew Cuomo Hate Thanksgiving?

With the latest group of Covid-19 restrictions, I thought we had seen the brunt of the attacks on our personal liberty. These actions also allow for some concerning precedents that might be abused, even more than they are now, by future elected officials.

I had expected that we weren’t done with the heavy-handed restrictions. (I had hoped, though…) But what I did not expect was for the governor of New York to launch a war on Thanksgiving.

Governor Cuomo has ordered that gatherings be under 10 people in private residences. (What about families with more than 10 people?)

More importantly, since when can the government dictate how you can spend your holiday? When people can come to your house? How many people can be in your home?

(And it’s not just New York—in my own state the government is prohibiting people from different households from gathering together! And no, we’re not in California…)

The whole of 2020 has proved what we have always known—that the government will continue to expand as it takes away our rights. It’s not in the government’s nature to retract or give back powers once they are first taken away.

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