In school we learned social studies, the way people live around the world.
In our pockets we use social media, to connect with others.
People attend local socials or social gatherings, festive gathering to foster introductions.
During the last century, social justice activists fought against racism, sexism, unjust wars, and unfair labor practices.
We all contribute to social security, as a way for citizens to be taken care of when they get older and stop working, so we all have something to fall back on when there is little or no other income available.
Socialism is defined as “a range of economic and social systems characterized by social ownership and democratic control of the means of production as well as the political theories and movements associated with them.” What America wants is not social ownership but social responsibility, the ability of our government to administer responsible programs to care for the people who support it, with our taxes and our votes.
What America wants and deserves is Sociality. Sociality is “the degree to which individuals in an animal population tend to associate in social groups and form cooperative societies.” We all associate as Americans and it’s time we refine our cooperative society, to take care of each other. Our representative government has a responsibility to take care of our underemployed, our underpaid, our underfed, our sick who can’t afford to get well, our security against predators of our citizenry, our undereducated, our freedoms, and our resources. What America needs to own is cooperative responsibility, and it is our elected government which has that responsibility. If we can’t do that, we’re no better than any other animal that doesn’t use reason, lacks compassion, and exists only to stay alive at any cost. I think America is, we the people are, far better than that.
I don’t support socialism, but I do support sociality. I believe we have the ability and duty to balance capitalism with sociality. Companies that say they want to give back to society should do so, not with a pittance of their spoils going to a branded charity, but with governance that directs a portion of profits to go directly to America’s well-being. As proud American businesses their governance should require that profits that go to CEO’s and investors should be proportionate to an amount that they proudly invest to sociality programs, or which fund social programs for all American citizens.
Americans take care of American companies, and it is incumbent on American companies to take care of Americans. Responsible capitalists ought to be accountable to the people that allow them to exist and prosper. Respect for America ought to be based on respect for American sociality.