Al Black
3 min readMay 5, 2019


Hi Martie

Thanks for your long reply to my post. I hope you enjoyed the venting but it seems you were unswayed by my logic, and you continue to repeat meaningless slogans rather than engage in informed debate.

For instance, talking about the “popular vote” is a meaningless virtue signal in the context of the Electoral College of the USA, where the voting is by state.

Definition: “in the USA, a body of people representing the States of the US, who formally cast votes for the election of the president and vice president.” This is a Constitutional requirement to prevent a tyranny of the popular vote overriding the rights of the States.

“You do realize that being PC is nothing more than trying not to be a huge asshole, right?”

Wrong! And this from someone who justifies political correctness to avoid offending people!

Definition: “Political correctness (PC), term used to refer to language that seems intended to give the least amount of offense, especially when describing groups identified by external markers such as race, gender, culture, or sexual orientation. The concept has been discussed, disputed, criticized, and satirized by commentators from across the political spectrum. The term has often been used derisively to ridicule the notion that altering language usage can change the public’s perceptions and beliefs as well as influence outcomes.

The term first appeared in Marxist-Leninist vocabulary following the Russian Revolution of 1917. At that time it was used to describe adherence to the policies and principles of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (that is, the party line).”

The only difference is that today it is adherence to the dogma and slogans of the Democrat Party.

“ Trump’s ridiculous trade war with China has raised costs, disrupted supply chains and created uncertainty for both American importers and exporters.”

I agree with you on the uncertainty, at least at first, but it is clear that Trump is now winning the Trade War:

‘As for this myth that won’t die regarding Hillary Clinton and the rest of the left being “surprised” that Trump “won”’ it is not a myth:

How do you explain the fact that Hillary did not appear on election night to concede the election and thanks her supporters. Instead she stayed in her room crying and getting drunk. Here’s her reaction to losing: “I have come to terms with the fact that a lot of people — millions and millions of people — decided they just didn’t like me. Imagine what that feels like. It hurts. And it’s a hard thing to accept. But there’s no getting around it,” she said.

And sorry to have to correct you again, but Socialism means exactly what I said it does.

Definition: “Socialism

1: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.

2: a system of society or group living in which there is no private property, and the means of production are owned and controlled by the state

3: a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done.”

The key failing of Socialism is that it believes that central planning of an economy is possible and desirable, when in fact it is impossible to replace the price signals of the free market with price controls, regulations and rationing, without the long-term destruction of that economy. Only Capitalism can create new wealth, and lift people by their own efforts out of poverty.

In the immortal words of Sir Winston Churchill:

“Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.” — Perth, Scotland, 28 May 1948.

“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” — House of Commons, 22 October 1945.

‘If you’re not a Socialist when you’re 20, you have no heart. If you’re still a Socialist by the time you’re 30, you have no brain.’

I hope for your sake that you are still in your twenties.



Al Black

I work in IT, Community volunteer interested in Politics, support Capitalism as the best economic system for lifting people out of poverty, Skeptical scientist.