The universe even wrote my economic post for me today. 😀 A little back ground for those that don’t know, I live in Taiwan.
An American Was Viciously Attacked By 2 Canadians
That American was me and I was attacked after getting into a discussion about economics. Economics is constantly on my mind now, so it came up as the topic of discussion the other day while I was sitting down with two Canadians.It was all good at first. Russia got brought up and I was talking about how communism sucks and doesn’t work (economically.) They agreed and we exchanged examples and stories about communist Russia. One of them even told me about a political cartoon they saw that had a picture of huge HUGE nail with the guy saying something like “We’ve reached our goal for nail production comrade,” (a joke I would not have gotten before.)
Later on I mentioned how I thought capitalism ROCKED. I didn’t even get a chance to start describing how and why it rocked and they snapped on me.
“Capitalism keeps the rich way up here and the poor down here.”
“Oh, I suppose you think that war in Iraq is cool then huh?”
“blah blah blah”
I say, “I thought Canada was capitalist too?” they didn’t admit that it is (it is), and then they go off about Socialism and how it’s so cool.
Now I’m new to the economic/political game, but my reading (and my mental gymnastics) tell me that socialism is not cool, and doesn’t work. I’m going to go back and tell those 2 that when I get a chance.
I’ve been here for 4 years now and have never really questioned why (some) Canadians “player hate” on America (many do from my experience.) I’ve also never got into a discussion about politics with anyone before. Is this why Canadians “player hate” on America/ns?
I could have been a dick and told them they both need to go pick up a book an basic economics and come talk to me when they start making some sense, but didn’t. I’m looking forward to going back and crushing their view on socialism
The point is we were having a nice discussion until I mentioned capitalism. Then things got brutal. If they would have said “Dude, socialism ROCKS!” I would have been like “Really, why?” and then I would have listened to what they had to say. I probably would have learned something cool about socialism. If they would have did the same, they would have learned something cool about capitalism. Instead, I was brutally acttacked for having my point of view.
For you not so hip to the game, allow Wikipedia to help bring you up to speed:
|Wikipedia Entry for Player hater wrote:|
|Player hating is a pop culture term originating among African American urban youth that describes someone’s obvious irritation with another’s success. A player-hater is a person who is jealous of what others have and is not shy about it.The term usually carries a sexual connotation with it, as in the player hater is jealous of the “player’s” “game”. It most likely originates from the phrase “Don’t hate the player, hate the game.”, usually told by players to the hater in question.|