The False Dichotomy of Capitalism vs Socialism

Yesterday, I drafted some musings on the false dichotomy of the two-party political system we have in the U.S. And that prompted me to think about other false dichotomies we have in our society— or, within our “collective conscious,” if you will. And one false dichotomy we’ve been hearing about, in the midst of the two-party bickering (or perhaps at the heart of it?) as of late, and over the course of the past half-century, is the false dichotomy of capitalism vs socialism. 

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Who has had the greatest influence on your political education? Make a list.

As I am working on my book project about the current socio-political climate, I have come across a lot of different written and artistic works, and viewpoints. Some of them have been a lot more thought-provoking than others, while some have been more emotionally charged than others. And I am grateful for the variety of perspectives available out there. Discovering diverse and varied perspectives helps me better formulate and articulate my own perspectives, as well as better understand the political world in which I live. 

Which well-known philosophers, activists, writers, artists, or politicians have had the greatest influence on how you view politics or political engagement over the years, for better or worse? Who has been able to change how you view things, or what you thought you knew, for better or worse?

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Understanding Political Identities. And Other Questions.

I lived in Brooklyn, New York during the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. I had only been living there for a month or so at the time, just beginning my junior year of high school. Yet that day forever changed the course of my young adult life, and my interest in political affairs, as it did for many others around the entire world. 

Do you remember where you were and what you were doing on September 11, 2001? If you were over the age of five at the time, I bet you do. 

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