Socialism’s dirty secret: It’s not a share-the-wealth scheme, and it’s not enacted for your benefit. It’s a control-your-wealth and control-you scam.
On May 5, 2018, the highest official of the European Union, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Junc-ker, delivered a glowing tribute to Karl Marx in Trier, Germany. It was the 200th anniversary of the birth of Marx, the author of the Communist Manifesto and the “founding father of communism.” He was being honored by the officials of his hometown with the unveiling of a massive statue of his likeness — a gift from Communist China, where Marx still holds a place of honor next to former dictator Mao Tse-tung, the greatest mass-murderer in history.
Not everyone in Trier, or in the EU, was happy about this exaltation of Marx, especially the many citizens of EU nations who had lived for decades under the iron-fisted rule of communist regimes. In answer to the growing outrage over the celebration, Juncker attempted to justify his participation in the affair. “Marx isn’t responsible for all the atrocity his alleged heirs have to answer for,” Juncker insisted. “Karl Marx was a philosopher, who thought into the future, had creative aspirations.”
Juncker was not alone in praising Marx. Not surprisingly, the Web pages and Twitter accounts of the Democratic Socialists of America — the home base of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — erupted in Happy Birthday cheers for the revolutionary theorist. The New York Times published an op-ed with the headline “Happy Birthday, Karl Marx. You Were Right!” by Professor Jason Barker, author of Marx Returns.
Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and a host of leftist politicos, together with an army of Marxist professors and socialist advocates in the “mainstream” media, have been singing hosannas to Saint Marx from the same sheet music.
What are they and millions of others cheering about? They claim Marx popularized an economic and political structure that could ensure fairness and goodness in the world: socialism
We offer as Exhibit A the online magazine Teen Vogue, a sister publication of fashion and celebrity-oriented Vogue magazine. In an article entitled “What ‘Capitalism’ Is and How It Affects People,” Teen Vogue tells its youth audience: “Capitalism takes the position that ‘greed is good,’ which its supporters say is a positive thing.” The magazine’s adolescent readers are also told that “at its root, socialism is an economic system in which a whole community — not just bosses or private companies — control the means of production equally. It assumes that people are naturally cooperative, instead of competitive. The goal of socialism is an egalitarian society run by democratically elected representatives for the benefit of all.”
“In a capitalist country,” says the Teen Vogue article, “the focus is on profits over anything else; in a socialist country, the public is seen to be more important, and social welfare is a major priority.” Wow, sign me up for socialism!
Socialism’s Slippery Slope
First problem with that line: Socialist countries commonly are home to genocide, torture, slave labor camps, religious persecution, mass murder by famine, police-state repression, and Orwellian surveillance — and a long list of additional unspeakable crimes. Socialism has left a trail of blood, misery, death, and destruction unparalleled in human history. Over 100 million human lives were annihilated, and a couple billion more suffered having their lives, careers, families, and communities wrecked by socialism. (See the history article on page 39.)
As we speak, Venezuela, a nation with the world’s largest oil reserves and that was one of the most prosperous nations in South America, is roiling under the effects of socialism: Shelves are bare of food and other necessities, prisoners have resorted to cannibalizing other prisoners, hospitals have no supplies and are filthy, crime is everywhere, starvation is rampant, and people are fleeing the country.
But millions of defenders of socialism have been conditioned to simply dismiss any of these issues with a flippant, “Oh, that is a different socialism.” They simply “know” that the “Democratic Socialism” Bernie Sanders and friends promote is about caring — about the poor, about justice, about equality — and that it is simply intended to uproot capitalism’s flaws. After all, that is what they have been promised.
However, if political promises always rang true, Hitler might have died as a national hero and an international role model after fulfilling his promises to lower crime, unify Germans, create full employment, increase the wealth of Germans in general, instill national pride, and level society so that the rapacious and well-connected wealthy simply could no longer bleed other Germans dry — all in the process of creating a nationalist socialist (Nazi) wonderland that would last a thousand years. (I assume everyone knows how that turned out.) Similar promises were made by the mass murderers in Russia (Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin), in China (Mao Tse-tung), in Cambodia (Pol Pot), in Cuba (Fidel Castro), in Zimbabwe (Robert Mugabe), etc.
But socialism in the United States simply couldn’t go totalitarian, right?
Well, let’s consider a few facts:
• Programs that socialists in this country want include complete government control over healthcare (including the types of treatments available to you and, more importantly, not available to you), control over the energy sector (including even mandating the types of vehicles you may buy and a rebuilding of the entire energy grid), control over schools (including commanding what types of food are served and the content of lessons), control over one’s retirement (including how much wealth you should be able to save for retirement), an elimination of most guns that would be useful for self-defense, hate-crime laws that put an end to virtually all public expressions of Christianity, etc. In other words, the socialists expect to be given the power to tell you how to live, what to believe, what you may or may not say, and whether you may or may not be medically treated and kept alive. (Maybe just a few areas for concern, yes?)
• The Democratic Socialists, who now have substantial buy-in from the Democrat Party, want to open U.S. borders to all comers (kindness to the world’s refugees), and a 2018 Gallup World Poll found that 158 million people from around the world want to come to America — and likely bring their families. Such a surge would create in our new socialist wonderland — where the major aspects of life are controlled by the government — shortages, protests, and violence, and a government crackdown in all areas.
• The annual Socialism Conference in Chicago, which is cosponsored by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), features leading socialists and “progressives” — such as Frances Fox Piven, Cornel West, Amy Goodman, and Naomi Klein. It also has some very disturbing traditions, including the singing of “The Internationale” by the assembled multitude. “The Internationale,” for those who may have forgotten the Cold War (or are too young to have known about it), is the anthem of communists worldwide. It was the official anthem (in Russian) of the Soviet Union. Yet you can watch on YouTube, year after year, attendees at the annual Socialism conference, en masse, enthusiastically belting out the communist lyrics, with communist clenched-fist salutes pumping. They are full-blown Bolsheviks coming out of the closet. This should tell you something. These are the communist/socialist cadres who are actually leading the Bernie-AOC-Warren-Omar-Tlaib-Pressley “progressives.”
• Our friendly neighborhood socialists are also for “world socialism,” which comes with heavy doses of the UN, which is itself plagued by scandals. The Democratic Socialists of America organization (the Bernie-AOC folks) has long been a member of the Socialist International, the oldest, largest global organization of socialist and communist parties. The Socialist International, which holds many of its governing meetings at the UN headquarters in New York, is on board with empowering the UN with vast global authority. The DSA supports most UN ventures, including the UN Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which would impose radical, communist-style central planning on the entire planet.
Needless to say, the a la carte “moderate socialists” who think they can craft their own milder, friendlier socialism are in for a rude awakening. The slippery slope of “democratic socialism,” eventually and inevitably, slides into totalitarian socialism.
In fact, not only would socialism inevitably lead to repression and even to violence, but there is another troubling fact indicating that a future socialist reality in this country would not resemble the promises of socialists at present. That fact is this: Many of the world’s richest people — people whom most socialists would certainly consider vulture capitalists and wealth-gorging criminals who smother the world’s poor — are some of the greatest supporters of not only American national socialism, but global socialism. The many left-wing groups in this country — Change.org, Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matter, MoveOn.org, ACLU, etc. — would barely exist except for the billions of dollars they have received from foundations with names like Rockefeller, Ford, Carnegie, and Gates, and individual billionaires with names like Rockefeller, Soros, Steyer, Bloomberg, and Sandler.
I don’t suppose the article explained WHY profits are so important? Because, when there is no profit, the enterprise is not self-sustaining. There is no money for growth and improvement. THAT’S why socialism fails; it extinguishes itself through bankruptcy, though it is not often a, “Well, we’re broke, let’s close the doors” peaceful exit.
And that’s why it is always so important to have the citizenry disarmed; because of all the caring, justice and equality.
Eventual totalitarianism and police state are a given. Socialism cannot rely on it’s inherent great ideas appealing to everyone and dissent is infections when the pain begins to be felt. So, like liberalism, every opposition voice must be silenced. We see Democrats employing this now; imagine if nothing held them back. Well, you can either use your imagination or read some un-re-written history books.
Yeah, that is always the case with the Party Members, who do quite well for themselves, or the common citizens… when they have a Party Member standing next to them.
Something Democrats have been cultivating for years.
Many people don’t benefit as much as others under capitalism; I get it. Many, despite trying hard, never catch their break. Meanwhile, some others excel under capitalism. Is that fair? It might not be fair for some individuals but it is MOST FAIR for the fast majority. I lands somewhere between those two extremes, nearer the bottom third, probably, but despite lots of people having much, much more than I, I am eternally grateful for what I have and realize that under any other system, I would NOT have it.
So the leader of the European(Soviet)Union thinks Karl Marx was great man what a pathetic excuse its no wonder Great Britain is wanting to leave who wants anything to do with Socialism
Nearly all Dem presidential candidates insist that gun confiscation take place.
When you’re disarmed you can’t fight.
Many Dem candidates want to use so-called climate change as an excuse to tax Americans into poverty.
Some of them openly call capitalism evil and promise a high tax on even trying to succeed in business.
Not one Dem candidate wants to encourage making America’s economic pie larger, rather they wish to dole out near-sustaining level foods, clothing and housing to people.
When you can’t save you can’t fight.
Some Dems candidates want to “outlaw” the internal combustion engine which would throw all Americans on the mercies of union transit systems to move about in this country; effectively forcing us to stay close to home.
When you can’t escape bad conditions you can’t fight.
The clues are all there.
Dems want all of us trapped in a helpless, dependant, impoverished situation so THEY can control us.
If that’s not totalitarianism, I don’t know what is.
Here’s the Republican scam, explained as a simple three-step process. It’s not hypothetical. It’s what the GOP has actually been doing, every time they’ve gained control of the government. All else they say and do is only a mean of maintaining political power, to that end.
So has Joe exploding the debt or not? Answer YES. He wants to do more and call it infrastructure. But that’s ok with you. We are already seeing the first affects of his spending it’ called inflation. He kills private sector jobs he doesn’t like with EO’s and pushes more government approved and funded jobs. How many EO’s did Trump sign to kill private sector jobs? You know the kind that actually pay taxes into federal, state and local governments.
Trump raised taxes on the rich by limiting the SALT deductions to 10k. Who complained? Rich democrats who didn’t want to pay more taxes. Schumer and Pelosi vow to get rid of the limit. TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH courtesy of DEMOCRATS.
Maybe you need a PBS cartoon to help you understand this.
You link to BD perhaps you should watch the one they made on the voting machines.