Socialists are like mushrooms. They like to be crapped on and kept in the dark. “Socialism always works quite well, until you run out of other peoples money” Margaret Thatcher Here is an excellent article from an American living in the socialist utopia of Australia Surveillance "Video cameras are everywhere, and I mean EVERYWHERE. About 75% of intersections have cameras as does about 90% of all businesses. Traffic cameras on the roads record license plates on all vehicles, their location*along with the date and time. Certain types of vehicles are actively tracked*from point to point. If you drive a truck with three or more axles, your movements are tracked around the country. GPS is mandatory in newer trucks with your exact speed and route recorded in a unit that can only be opened by the government." Crime and Punishment "Crimes against persons and property are on the rise. In 1996, most firearms were outlawed and a massive government buy back was initiated. The only people who turned in their weapons were…drum roll please…yup, the honest citizen. Did this stop crime? It rose dramatically for several years, then slowly lowered…until 2010. Gun crime in the state of New South Wales from 2010-2012 has risen 90%. Unofficially, but still a written rule, there are two types of criminals in a socialist country: your ordinary decent criminal who commits violent crimes and then the horrifying, despicable person who commits a crime against the government. Commit welfare fraud or defy a court order and you can count on going to jail. Commit murder, as in the aboriginal man who stabbed another aboriginal resulting in his death and you get 18 months’ probation. Or, the serial pedophile who was given two years. Or the serial rapist who was given 15 years, got out in five and murdered a woman two weeks later. Commit fraud against the government and you’ll get at least five years. This is just a few of the things we can look forward to if the Dear Leader "Bolt Hold Open" gets his way." What to Expect From Socialism by Guest Blogger on August 2, 2013 "I am an American living in Australia and when I first moved here, I was appalled by what I experienced. I’ve always had a fascination with the country. It is beautiful and filled with many wonders, but the government here is socialistic and oppressive. There is a veneer of freedom over a massive, onerous regulatory mindset. Socialism takes on many forms. In my research, I’ve found everything from communistic socialism to libertarian socialism. In the U.S., the Dear Leader is striving for a USSA by pursuing democratic socialism under the guise of “social justice.” From Wikipedia: “Social democracy is a political ideology that officially has as its goal the establishment of*democratic socialism through reformist and gradualist methods. Alternatively, Social democracy is defined as a policy regime involving a welfare state, collective bargaining schemes, and support for publicly financed public services.” There are a number of different themes surrounding different styles of socialism, but one theme permeates all socialism: governmental control. In a socialist country, you’re too stupid to know what’s best for you. A socialist country treats you as if you were a slightly slow child that simply doesn’t know any better. You must be told what to do in almost all situations. This is where the veneer of freedom comes in. Individualism is not encouraged, but is tolerated within a careful framework if you are a “productive” citizen. Socialism is all about forcing you to do things in the name of “fairness and social-personal responsibility” whether or not is truly moral. In pursuit of this, socialism brings in massive government regulation, which strangles initiative. I once commented to an Aussie about the oppressive regulations and he said, “Don’t worry, you’ll get used to it.” The vast majority of citizens of a socialist country are sheeple. Fair Use Source: What to Expect From Socialism So get out of the socialist-leaning Nanny State you are in and Vote with your feet by moving (http://WalkingToFreedom.com) to the libertarian safe refuge of the "American Redoubt" in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Eastern Oregon, Eastern Washington, or Northern Utah or the Texas Redoubt or the Tennessee Cumberland Redoubt (Relocating to Tennessee the Redoubt of the East) for more Bill of Rights freedom, especially Second Amendment gun rights: see http://www.survivalblog.com/retreatareas.html Sadly, the beautiful state of California is now a lost cause politically -- now the top Nanny State in these United States. But still keep fighting from a distance to restore her greatness.