As usual, the news is fairly quiet on Sunday. I have a small task for my
readers today. You'll find it after the news. Happy Earth Day! Do good
-- Occupy Richmond held an Earth Day protest on Friday, with roughly 200
people in attendance. They were protesting the Chevron refinery in
Richmond, and dozens of groups joined them in protesting the pollution
and greed brought about by Chevron and other corporations like them.
-- A man from Occupy Portland (OR) has been the first convicted of a
crime associated with a protest. Jonathan Zook was arrested during a
rally in December. Most of the charges against him were dropped as "not
guilty," but he was found guilty of interfering with a police officer.
He will spend 2 days in jail, and has been given probation, community
service, and a 400 dollar fine.
-- Two Occupiers in Malaysia were arrested this morning after camping
out in Dataran, just hours after a royal concert. Multiple tents were
torn down by plainclothes police officers, who ignored Occupy Dataran's
questions. There were no reasons given for the arrests of tent removal.
-- Three Occupiers were arrested outside the IMF (International Monetary
Fund) meeting in DC yesterday. Each activist faces a different charge.
One allegedly crossed a police line, one blocked passage, and a third
allegedly assaulted a police officer. The IMF meeting finished their
On to my question/task.
I have a question for all my readers, if you have the time to answer it.
If you prefer to comment or email me your answer, either is fine. My
question has several parts. I am simply very curious as to what others
believe on this topic. All I am asking for is your opinion. It certainly
doesn't have to be a long answer at all.
What is Socialism in your opinion? How does it differ from Communism? Do
you think a Socialistic Democracy is viable for a country as large as
the United States?
Why do you think that Socialism is a four letter word in America? Why is it considered so bad?
I'd appreciate any answers on this.
Just for the record, no, this isn't a homework assignment. I'm not doing
any homework or papers like this. This is to better my understanding.
To answer my questions or contact me for any reason, please email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks so much. You guys are amazing.