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Why I hate being politically illiterate

During a political debate in class:

MY HISTORY/ENGLISH TEACHER: Ah, so you're a socialist.

How was I supposed to know that?

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rovanda
Apr. 22nd, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC)
Still, not knowing leads to learning. Although I would say that a lot of people, myself and possibly your history/english teacher included, have fuzzy ideas of the definitions of different political groups.

Now that the term socialist has been brought to your attention and applied to you in conversation, it may be worth looking it up - on wikipedia, in the dictionary/encyclopedia, and on the websites of socialist groups - and deciding for yourself whether the label fits, and why or why not.

One of the most disconcerting things I learned in school was that teachers don't always know what they're talking about. Though keep in mind, most of them *really* don't like having that pointed out...
matt1993
Apr. 23rd, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
I've heard the term socialist before, but I can only think of two things I've heard it applied to before then: a) Nazism (since if I remember correctly, it was originally called the National Socialist something-or-other), and b) this image (which I didn't know was supposed to be of Obama until I did a Google image search):



So naturally, I was surprised to be described as anything that Nazis were also described as (according to my not-exactly-perfect memory), but what I've read so far about socialism on Wikipedia (yes, I made sure to check several of the most recent revisions to make sure the current revision doesn't have vandalism) does seem to agree with my world view (and there's only one mention of Nazism on the page, which describes it as capitalist instead).

Though I find it ironic that I'm a socialist if I'm not very social :P

Edited at 2010-04-23 03:42 am (UTC)
pathvain_aelien
Apr. 23rd, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
What prompted your teacher to say that?
matt1993
Apr. 24th, 2010 04:41 am (UTC)
I brought up that I agreed with the Sixteenth Amendment since it would give all Americans the chance to prosper, not just the rich.
pathvain_aelien
Apr. 23rd, 2010 05:20 am (UTC)
FYI, a lot of people call Obama a socialist, or communist, and these people often have an uninformed definition of the words. If someone is calling you that, it might mean that your teacher doesn't really know what it means. And plus, it's not a bad thing. Amanda and I could talk about this for hours, so I will just stop now. :)
matt1993
Apr. 24th, 2010 04:43 am (UTC)
I know. It just bothers me that other people seem to know more about what side I'm on in debates than I do.
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