This week, Jacob Victorine asked the Brooklyn College community two questions.
Respondents were asked to answer the first question before seeing the second.
How do you feel about the use of socialism within the U.S. government? Past, present or future?
How do you feel about the use of public programs (such as public schools, Medicare, Medicaid, social security, police forces, etc.) within the U.S. government? Past, present or future?
Q1: “What do you mean, socialism? It sound’s like communism to me. I don’t think it would work out for the U.S.”
Q2: “They’re all absolutely necessary programs to have a successfully functioning program in the U.S.”
Q2: “While I can’t speak for the way the government uses public programs, I can say that the way socialism is used in the United States is the antithesis of its original intent. Socialism is a system that’s intended for the benefit of the working class masses who were exploited by the upper class, not for the benefit of the ones doing the exploitation. It’s a shame that the people who are directly responsible for the current financial crisis are the ones being helped out the most, while individuals and families that are in serious dire straights are being left to suffer.”
“I’m not sure why socialism is such a huge deal but I’ll take it if it means I get health insurance; my wrist is killing me” (his wrist really didn’t look good! –ed.).
Q1: “I think communism is a failed experiment. Look at Cuba.”
Q2: “I think the government is responsible for those things. It’s paid for with taxes, right?”
-Anonymous (name withheld at the request of the respondent)
“I have better things to worry about being tricked by than your college questions. Go ask someone without health insurance and a job.”