I've lived in the United States my entire life... well the 16 years that make my entire life. Though this is not much expierence, I have set myself out from a young age to watch and soak in the world around me. Since a young child, I have been told that capitalism is the American way, and for the longest time I put my little hand over my little heart and pledged proudly while eating a McDonalds hamburger loving the capitalist upbringing that I was so confortable in. Eventually however, my life began to take a different path. As I grew older the econamy not only got worse, but my single mother and I were just above the poverty level. But with gas prices going up we are now spending $25 a day in gas alone. This has set us well below the poverty line. The events that lead up to this only build my now pasionate hate for capitalist econamics and culture. I am now a flag burning, vegetarian libertarian-socialist (now most commonly known as anarchist) with a personal debt to settle with capitalism. Especialy post-war consumerism of the american 21st centuray. But what really turned me onto socialism (particualry anarcho-communism) was seeing the homeless community and increase if forclosers over the years. American buisness has intrest in kicking people out of there homes, giving banks more control and wealth. We've given capitalism a chance, and even though right wingers and liberals alike seem to be a blindly opposed to the idea, it may be time to start looking for alternative systems. Its CLEAR that the current econamic system (i.e. capitalism) does not work in this day in age, and the only clear alternative is socialism, so why not give it a try? Lets at least talk about it and stop pointing the fingure to every politician who mentions a socialist policy as if were in another red scare.