What’s Wrong With Socialism?

Posted on November 12, 2009. Filed under: General, Obama, Socialism/Communism |

I’ve been saying for ages that the reason Obama and his socialist agenda are winning the day is because people under a certain age don’t really even know what socilialism is!!! We need to make sure people know the truth! Good article!

What’s Wrong With Socialism?

By Joe Herring

I recall a conversation I had with a young coworker in the latter weeks of Obama’s campaign for president. Joe the plumber had just exposed the redistributionist bent of the candidate, and I expressed my assessment of Mr. Obama as a not-so-closeted socialist. My coworker then quite earnestly asked, “What’s so wrong with socialism?”

I initially assumed he must be joking, although his face gave no indication. I stared at him dumbfounded, only later realizing I must have looked like a palsied old man — my mouth working wordlessly, the incomprehension as evident on my face as the sincerity on his. It eventually dawned on me that he really didn’t know what was wrong with socialism. I began reciting the litany of horrors: the crimes of the Holocaust, the purges of the Soviets, the thuggery and inhuman brutality of the statist regimes of the last century. The Nazis, for crissake! How could he not know about the evil of the Nazis? He listened to all of this, nodding his understanding as he recognized some of the events I described, but I could still see a question behind his eyes. While he had been taught of the existence of these atrocities, he had not been clued into the one commonality they shared. They were all perpetrated by the adherents of various forms of socialism. Indeed, such crimes were the only outcome possible.

In the late 1930s, the noted economist Friedrich Von Hayek wrote his landmark pamphlet “Road to Serfdom,” laying bare the diseased skeleton of socialist/utopian thought that had permeated academia and the salons of his day. With an economy of words that showcased the significance of his conclusion, he pointed out the Achilles heel of collectivist dogma: for a planned economy to succeed, there must be central planners, who by necessity will insist on universal commitment to their plan.

How do you attain total commitment to a goal from a free people? Well, you don’t. Some percentage will always disagree, even if only for the sake of being contrary or out of a desire to be left alone. When considering a program as comprehensive as a government-planned economy, there are undoubtedly countless points of contention, such as how we will choose the planners, how we will order our priorities when assigning them importance within the plan, how we will allocate resources when competing interests have legitimate claims, who will make these decisions, and perhaps more pertinent to our discussion, how those decisions will be enforced. A rift forming on even one of these issues is enough to bring the gears of this progressive endeavor grinding to a halt. This fatal flaw in the collectivist design cannot be reengineered. It is an error so critical that the entire ideology must be scrapped.

Von Hayek accurately foretold the fate that would befall dissenters from the plan. They simply could not be allowed to get in the way. Opposition would soon be treated as subversion, with debate shriveling to non-existence under the glare of the state. Those who refused compliance would first be marginalized, then dehumanized, and finally (failing re-education) eliminated. Collectivism and individualism cannot long share the same bed. They are political oil and water, and neither can compromise its position without eventually succumbing to the other. The history of the twentieth century is littered with the remains of those who became “enemies of the state” for merely drawing attention to this flaw. As Von Hayek predicted, the socialist vision would not be achieved without bloodshed.

So this is the challenge we face. My young coworker had no frame of reference by which to judge the events unfolding around him. He had been presented with only the intentions of socialism, not the inevitable results. He had been given the whitewashed fantasy of the Left, who never saw a failure that couldn’t be rationalized — or better yet, blamed on others. Our job, then, is to teach the lessons of history to those who fail to see the danger. We have to provide that all-important perspective to a generation that has been denied it. We have to do this one at a time, conversation by conversation. Tell your friends the truth; don’t assume they know it. Become the person your friends and family consult when the subject turns to politics.

I successfully informed my coworker of the irreparable crack in the foundation of socialist thinking, and he is now aware of the need to burrow beneath the surface of politics to find the roots from which the tree springs. We can’t wait until the tree bears fruit to determine its worth. Fruit bears seeds, and seeds scatter. Better to tear it out as a single sapling now than to hew down an entire forest of diseased wood after it has poisoned the ground.

The Left will not willingly lay claim to the true legacy of socialism, so we will have to hang it around their necks. They have grown accustomed to shedding responsibility for the damage they have done, and are adept at shifting the blame. Traditional means of holding them to account are failing. Fellow travelers in the academy and media will not challenge even their most egregious lies, so howling about bias will gain us nothing.

If you doubt the effectiveness of the Left’s methods, ask any ten people under the age of forty whether Hitler and the Nazis were a product of left-wing or right-wing ideology. The obstacle we face will become painfully clear. It is not enough that you know the truth. You alone are not likely to singlehandedly shape the outcome of an election. Everyone has to know the truth. We have to reclaim our younger generations from the wolf in sheep’s clothing, or it won’t be long before the wolf no longer needs the disguise.

LINK: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/11/whats_wrong_with_socialism.html

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4 Responses to “What’s Wrong With Socialism?”

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I appreciate your blog.
Nonetheless, nazis were not socialist. They were right-wing idiots.

I happened to be surfing around reading comments about my article when I stumbled upon yours. Perhaps if you had read the entire article you would have realized that you are exactly the person for which it was written. The name Nazi comes from a german phrase meaning “National Socialists”. The left refuses to lay claim to their mistakes, but that is no excuse for an educated man such as yourself to remain unaware of truth.

Joe Herring
readmorejoe@gmail.com

Wow, that’s some of the most ignorant shit I have ever heard. Clearly you have no fucking clue what you are talking about.

First of all, do you know the differences between right and left wing? Because your article says otherwise. Hitler and the Nazis were a fascist regime and fascism is widely considered to be right winged by people all over the political spectrum (not just socialists). Maybe you should read a fucking book sometime and stop blindly accepting and repeating everything you watch on Fox News. You see, just like every other American, your first mistake is failing to distinguish between two very different and opposing ideologies. If you don’t have the cognitive abilities to do that, or question your environment, and critically analyze what is good, right and true then you might as well off-yourself right now because you’re just another ignorant brain-washed American masquerading about spreading your infinite book of wisdom. So the whole bit that you had about “the crimes of the Holocaust,” which as far as I’m concerned is your only defensive position presented to support your Anti-Socialistic views, is now negated.

But for effectiveness, and because “It is not enough that you know the truth,” I will show you why it is precisely the ignorance of people like you that makes the rest of the world hate America. And they do hate us, you can google that one. First, I have some questions of my own, think of it as some thinking material. Do you believe that every citizen of the United States has the same equal opportunity and equal rights? Do you think that this country has never sponsored terrorism? One percent of American people have fifty percent of the money available and yet 13 million children in America go to bed hungry every night. Do you think this is fair, do you think this is right? And if that doesn’t make you sick to your stomach, then I would have a full psychological evaluation because you are probably a sociopath. But it doesn’t matter what you think, because this is the Capitalist way, and this is the American reality. Besides you are far too busy making money to worry about the welfare of others, because after all it is their fault they are starving.

And when you were standing there “like a palsied old man,” did it ever occur to you that maybe the kid (and the rest of the world) is on to something? No, it didn’t. You’re unwillingness to be open-minded is proceeded by your ignorance. You immediately rejected his opinion and began the challenging task of brain-washing yet another youthful mind, only contributing to the cycle of ignorance that this country is so proud of. For this, I would like to thank you for instilling some of your great thought out wisdom in someone who probably had the potential to help people but will now and forever more see his life as a quest for money and material things, rather than seeing the importance of sticking together.

Now, you can respond or not respond, we can keep this going for a while if you want, I personally don’t care because either way I’m never going to convince you that money is in fact the root of all evil, or of the pure racism that still exists today. After all, how could I? You’ve been far too content floating around in your cushy bubble of lies building walls. So, really this is just a message; I hope you feel really great about yourself, and I hope you continue to fight for your opinions no matter how uneducated they may be, because recognizing people like you is what is going to push this economically down-turned, teetering-on-the-brink country towards a more collective, intelligent and progressive society. I hope you are still alive when The Chinese Revolution comes to America so you can feel the frustration I feel every day.

God damn, I hate ignorant white people.

It is customary for an author to thank a reader for their comments, but I will refrain from that custom this time. Your rant is ill-formed, largely incoherent and little more than a collection of boiler-plate leftist chatter mixed in with a good measure of some serious hate. However, in the interest of enlightenment, (the entire point of the original article) I have included a copy of the Nazi Party platform. As you can see from the document, it is common left-wing anti-achievement hash. Pure collectivism with a liberal dash of envy. By the way, Fascism originated as a leftist ideology, and is operational on both sides of the spectrum, but did not take the next step of fully nationalizing all industries as did Socialism/Marxism, rather they left the ownership in private hands, but under state direction. The end was the same as with Socialism–redistribution of wealth, and forced equity of material status. You sound like there is a brain hidden under all that ginned-up hate, so I urge you to begin searching out source material, not just relying on the summaries provided by folks who often have an agenda of their own.

Sincerely,

Joe Herring
THE PROGRAM OF THE NATIONAL-SOCIALIST (NAZI) GERMAN WORKERS’ PARTY
The Program of the German Workers’ Party is a program for our time. The leadership rejects the establishment of new aims after those set out in the Program have been achieved, for the sole purpose of making it possible for the Party to continue to exist as the result of the artificially stimulated dissatisfaction of the masses.
1. We demand the uniting of all Germans within one Greater Germany, on the basis of the right to self-determination of nations.
2. We demand equal rights for the German people (
Volk) with respect to other nations, and the annulment of the Peace Treaty of Versailles and St. Germain.
3. We demand land and soil (Colonies) to feed our People and settle our excess population.
4. Only Nationals (
Volksgenossen) can be Citizens of the State. Only persons of German blood can be Nationals, regardless of religious affiliation. No Jew can therefore be a German National.
5. Any person who is not a Citizen will be able to live in Germany only as a guest and must be subject to legislation for Aliens. 2
6. Only a Citizen is entitled to decide the leadership and laws of the State. We therefore demand that only Citizens may hold public office, regardless of whether it is a national, state, or local office.
7. We demand that the State make it its duty to provide opportunities of employment first of all for its own Citizens. If it is not possible to maintain the entire population of the State, then foreign nationals (non-Citizens) are to be expelled from the Reich.
8. Any further immigration of non-Germans is to be prevented. We demand that all non-Germans who entered Germany after August 2, 1914, be forced to leave the Reich without delay.
9. All German Citizens must have equal rights and duties.
10. It must be the first duty of every Citizen to carry out intellectual or physical work. Individual activity must not be harmful to the public interest and must be pursued within the framework of the community and for the general good.
We therefore demand:
11. The abolition of all income obtained without labor or effort.
Breaking the Servitude of Interest
12. In view of the tremendous sacrifices in property and blood demanded of the Nation by every war, personal gain from the war must be termed a crime against the Nation. We therefore demand the total confiscation of all war profits.
13. We demand the nationalization of all enterprises (already) converted into corporations (trusts).
14. We demand profit-sharing in large enterprises.
15. We demand the large-scale development of old-age pension schemes.
16. We demand the creation and maintenance of a sound middle class; the immediate communalization of the large department stores, which are to be leased at low rates to small tradesmen. We demand the most careful consideration for the owners of small businesses in orders placed by national, state, or community authorities.
17. We demand land reform in accordance with our national needs and a law for expropriation without compensation of land for public purposes. Abolition of ground rent and prevention of all speculation in land. 3
18. We demand ruthless battle against those who harm the common good by their activities. Persons committing base crimes against the People, usurers, profiteers, etc., are to be punished by death without regard of religion or race.
19. We demand the replacement of Roman Law, which serves a materialistic World Order, by German Law.
20. In order to make higher education—and thereby entry into leading positions—available to every able and industrious German, the State must provide a thorough restructuring of our entire public educational system. The courses of study at all educational institutions are to be adjusted to meet the requirements of practical life. Understanding of the concept of the State must be achieved through the schools (teaching of civics) at the earliest age at which it can be grasped. We demand the education at the public expense of specially gifted children of poor parents, without regard to the latter’s position or occupation.
21. The State must raise the level of national health by means of mother-and-child care, the banning of juvenile labor, achievement of physical fitness through legislation for compulsory gymnastics and sports, and maximum support for all organizations providing physical training for young people.
22. We demand the abolition of hireling troops and the creation of a national army.
23. We demand laws to fight against
deliberate political lies and their dissemination by the press. In order to make it possible to create a German press, we demand:
a) all editors and editorial employees of newspapers appearing in the German language must be German by race;
b) non-German newspapers require express permission from the State for their publication. They may not be printed in the German language;
c) any financial participation in a German newspaper or influence on such a paper is to be forbidden by law to non-Germans and the penalty for any breech of this law will be the closing of the newspaper in question, as well as the immediate expulsion from the Reich of the non-Germans involved. Newspapers which violate the public interest are to be banned. We demand laws against trends in art and literature which have a destructive effect on our national life, and the suppression of performances that offend against the above requirements.
24. We demand freedom for all religious denominations, provided that they do not endanger the existence of the State or offend the concepts of decency and morality of the Germanic race. The Party as such stands for positive Christianity, without associating itself with any particular denomination. It fights against the Jewish-materialistic spirit
within and around us, and is convinced that a 4
permanent revival of our Nation can be achieved only from
within, on the basis of:
Public Interest before Private Interest.
25. To carry out all the above we demand: the creation of a strong central autority in the Reich. Unquestioned authority by the political central Parliament over the entire Reich and over its organizations in general. The establishment of trade and professional organizations to enforce the Reich basic laws in the individual states.
The Party leadership promises to take an uncompromising stand, at the cost of their own lives if need be, on the enforcement of the above points.
Munich, February 24, 1920.


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