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Idiots Part II

Picking up where I left off yesterday, there are idiots among us.

Some of them responded to deny their idiocy, only proving me accurate. Some held strongly to the belief that Nelson Mandela, a patriot for his people and all people, was in fact involved in the South African Communist Party. If so, who cares?

Let's do a 30-second seminar called, "The Idiot's Guide to Economics": Communism and socialism, in the strictest definitions, are merely economic systems. With a communist system, theoretically, property is owned collectively for the common good. Examples would be many seminaries and convents, communes and early American settlements.

Marx, Lenin, Stalin and Mao controlled the people through violence and revolution. History proves communism doesn't work however it's applied, but it shouldn't always be confused with totalitarianism and dictatorships.

Socialism, meanwhile, is communism-light and is successfully implemented by countries like Denmark, Norway and Sweden, often considered three of the happiest countries in the world.

Apparently, they're happy because they don't fear bogeymen. Only idiots do.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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