My Bookmarx 05/21/2010
21 مايو 2010 بواسطة Tamer Mowafy
BBC News – ‘Artificial life’ breakthrough announced by scientists
“Scientists in the US have succeeded in developing the first synthetic living cell.”
Capitalism: Big Surprises in Pew Poll | Majority Agenda Project
“According to the conventional wisdom, the US is a center-Right country. But a new poll by Pew casts doubt on that idea. It shows widespread skepticism about capitalism and hints that support for socialist alternatives is emerging as a majoritarian force in America’s new generation.”
This is not a “Center-Right” America but a populace where almost 50% are deeply ambivalent or clearly opposed to capitalism.
In the Pew poll, just 43% of Americans under 30 describe “capitalism” as positive. Even more striking, the same percentage, 43%, describes “socialism” as positive. In other words, the new generation is equally divided between capitalism and socialism.
Sixty-two percent of Republicans in the Pew poll view capitalism as positive, although 81 % view “free markets” as positive, suggesting a sensible distinction in their mind between capitalism and free markets. Even Republicans prefer small to big business and are divided about big business, which many correctly see as a monopolistic force of capitalism undermining free markets.
Democrats are almost equally split in their appraisal of capitalism and socialism. Forty-seven percent see capitalism as positive but 53% do not. And 44% of Democrats define socialism as positive, linking their negativity about capitalism to a positive affirmation of socialism.
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