The word “socialism” has been back in the news lately, as presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist, hits the campaign trail and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has dodged questions about the difference in socialists and democrats.
So let’s take a thoughtful look at what Socialism really is and where it would take us.
Socialism in a Nutshell
In 1848 Karl Marx published The Communist Manifesto which quickly became the blueprint for a new world order – Socialism.
“From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”
Karl Marx, Critique of the Gotha program
“Socialism is a society based on the abolition of private property.”
James Weinstein, Commies, pg. 163
Socialism gains appeal by embracing the politics of envy. It tells us that someone else has something that we deserve. Instead of encouraging followers to embrace success, it encourages followers to embrace the “common good.”
Socialism vs. American Ideals
Socialism is fused with big government. It is summarized below in points of sharp contrast with American values and ideals. As such, it is fair to describe Socialism as the antithesis of America:
|We the Government…||v. We the People…|
|Class struggle||v. All men are created equal,|
|Rights are authored by the State||v. Rights are unalienable and natural,|
|Based on the abolition of private property||v. Private property is a right|
|Government regulations (77,000 pages)||v. Freedom, minimal government|
|Strong central planning (the FED)||v. Free markets|
|Unlimited government power||v. Limited government power|
|Business (capitalism) is evil||v. Business is the golden goose|
|Citizens live in effective bondage||v. Citizens flourish|
|Learned helplessness, dependence||v. Enjoy earned success|
|An illusion of equality||v. 300,000 White men died for slaves|
|Atheism, God is dead||v. In God We Trust|
|Appeals to one’s pessimism & insecurities||v. Appeals to optimism & confidence|
Socialism and Democrats
The Democratic Party of FDR, Truman and Kennedy believed in a lot of classic American values – standing up for the underdog, the blue color worker, and the disadvantaged. Kennedy even supported tax cuts and a robust national defense.
But today’s Democratic Party stands for something else entirely, something much closer to socialist ideology.
For example, the party’s platform includes language that points to the politics of envy, demanding that “everyone does their fair share” – an idea central to the socialist movement.
Democratic candidates and party officials point to government solutions to almost every issue facing America – a perspective shared by the socialist movement.
To be fair, Republican officials often support government solutions to problems way beyond government’s control as well. But such situations seem to veer from their principles, while the Democratic party platform is rooted in the practice of government intrusion.
Outcomes of Socialism
Despite the repeated failure of socialism to succeed anywhere, people still have a fascination with the idea. The pitch for socialism is the promise that it will make everything fair and equal for everyone. That everyone will have plenty if we all just work hard, pull together, and share.
But the reality of socialism is something very different. By creating a disincentive to work hard, people work less. The government mandates a certain level of production regardless of reality, so when that level of production is not met, government uses the force of law to force people to work more.
This obviously fosters resentment and animosity, which makes people less inclined to work. The quality of work goes down, so things fall apart. The government, trying to hold the whole thing together, becomes increasingly autocratic, creating new bureaucracies with bigger staffs who enforce detailed regulations on ever more micromanaged activities.
It’s a downward spiral leaving everyone worse than when they started and only one way out: revolution.
Is that the future you would choose for you and your children?