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What do we owe each other?

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Record numbers of children are now in the hospital with Covid. Why? Because a certain critical mass of adults refuse vaccination, smug in the belief that their personal liberty is more important than communal welfare. Similarly, refugees fleeing for survival are turned away at borders, in part because the powers-that-be have convinced enough people of the lie that if immigrants win, they lose.

Really? Do we owe nothing to each other as citizens of a common Earth? It seems not, at least under capitalism, where money dominates everything and rugged individualism is the prevailing ethos.

Quiet as it’s kept, people are not born selfish and heartless. We are taught to be like that; our natures are conditioned by the character of our society.

Changing the game will free the players. That’s where socialism comes in. With a planned, not-for-profit economy as its basis, it offers something much better, a world where the work and the wealth are shared. It is past time to fight for and win a social structure that makes it easy, not hard, for us to care for one another.

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