[Rushtalk] Why Is Socialism Still Popular?
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Mon May 28 11:58:38 MDT 2018
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On 5/27/2018 9:02 AM, Steven Laib wrote:
> Leo XIII disapproved of socialism and the present Pope is a socialist.
> Go figure.
> On May 27, 2018, at 12:54 AM, John Quayle <blueoval57 at verizon.net
> <mailto:blueoval57 at verizon.net>> wrote:
>> It's been tried almost everywhere on the planet and
>> still has failed miserably. Yet, people want it here in the United
>> States. _/*WHY*/_/*?*/
>> The American TFP <http://www.tfp.org> > Fighting the Culture War
>> <http://www.tfp.org/fighting-the-culture-war/> > Why Is Socialism
>> Still Popular?
>> Why Is Socialism Still Popular?
>> May 23, 2018 | Edwin Benson
>> Why Is Socialism Still Popular?
>> Why Is Socialism Still Popular?
>> If ever there was a set of ideas that has been tried and found
>> lacking, it is socialism. It has been tried on every continent. It
>> has been tried in weak nations and strong. It has been tried in
>> primitive countries and those which are highly developed.
>> The most striking thing about socialism is that it has never worked.
>> We in the United States have been tinkering with socialism ever since
>> the Great Depression. Its most successful manifestation, Social
>> Security, operates on a basis that would see any other investment
>> manager in jail for running a Ponzi scheme. The Veterans
>> Administration, organized to provide government assistance to those
>> injured in the service of the United States, is a bloated bureaucracy
>> whose many errors would land any competent private physician in
>> bankruptcy court. Lyndon Johnson employed soaring rhetoric about a
>> “War on Poverty,” but those programs have done little but insure that
>> three generations of the impoverished families of 1964 are still
>> poor. However, the free enterprise traditions of the United States
>> have prevented socialism
>> <http://www.tfp.org/who-paves-the-way-for-socialism/> from becoming
>> its predominant economic system—at least so far.
>> What of those nations that embraced socialism far more totally? In
>> its least troubling manifestations, as in northern Europe, it saps
>> nations of their economic and intellectual potential. Great Britain
>> was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, but its industrial
>> capacity has been on a steady decline since its turn to socialism in
>> 1945. Australia and the Scandinavian nations are often touted as
>> places in which “cradle to grave” socialism has improved the lives of
>> their people, but it’s no paradise there either.
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>> Is Socialism Still Popular?
>> Cast North America and Europe aside, and the record goes from
>> unfortunate to abysmal. Brazil has massive natural resources and yet
>> is a very poor nation. Most African nations adopted some form of
>> socialism after gaining independence and remain impoverished.
>> Venezuela’s turn to socialism has been an economic disaster of epic
>> proportions. Cuba likes to blame its economic woes on the
>> long-standing US economic boycott. Yet, the Castros could and did
>> trade with most of the rest of the world—but in Havana a 1959 Buick
>> still counts as a late-model car.
>> And, of course, no description of the woes of socialism would be
>> complete without including its most famous practitioners—Josef
>> Stalin, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, and Adolf Hitler. (Yes, Hitler was a
>> socialist despite the Left’s attempt to claim that Fascism
>> <http://www.tfp.org/is-it-fascist-to-be-anti-communist/> is a
>> right-wing phenomenon. Remember that Nazi
>> was short for National /Socialist/.) The untold millions that met
>> their deaths and the massive destruction that occurred under these
>> socialist leaders beggars the imagination.
>> So, then, why is socialism
>> enjoying a popular upsurge in the United States?
>> First, it just sounds so good. Karl Marx’s famous prescription, “From
>> each according to his ability, to each according to his need”
>> resonates in the souls of many. Listen to a student choir sing John
>> Lennon’s socialist anthem /Imagine/. That “brotherhood of man” line
>> has an undeniable appeal, even for those who know better. It would
>> just be so nice, peaceful, and happy if it worked. (Insert heavy sigh.)
>> *What Does Self-Managing Socialism Mean for Communism: A
>> Barrier? Or a Bridgehead?*
>> The second reason is the little examined fact that most Americans
>> have spent the first two decades of their lives living the socialist
>> dream. There is no more socialist segment of our society than public
>> education. The system is taxpayer-supported. Buildings, books,
>> furniture, food, and the teachers are provided regardless of the
>> students’ individual merits or ability to pay. All of the
>> above-mentioned items are provided through a bureaucracy, which
>> determines the quality of each of those items, without regard to the
>> individual preferences of the students or parents. Students are
>> assigned to classes and teachers by a computer-generated invisible
>> force that places them together randomly, and over which there is
>> usually no appeal. Much work is done collectively, in which all
>> members of the group share the grade regardless of their individual
>> Why Is Socialism Still Popular?
>> We can also see in these schools one of the great flaws of socialism.
>> Any system in which the basic decisions are made elsewhere breeds
>> indifference. The school system is a great machine, with little
>> regard to the individual. The student comes to know that he is
>> unimportant to the school as a person. He moves through the required
>> courses and the required number of electives until graduation. The
>> school goes on the same way whether he is there or not. Teachers and
>> administrators may leap to disagree, but the students know the truth.
>> In such a world, every impulse is to meet the minimum standard. Even
>> the student whose parents demand high grades wonders how little work
>> he has to do in order to get his A. If the parents don’t demand it,
>> nobody else does either. The kid who passes by the skin of his teeth
>> gets the same diploma as the valedictorian. Maybe the honor society
>> members get an extra cord to wear on their gown, but underachievers
>> seem to be able to get along quite well without it. Actual learning
>> means about as little to the top students as it does to those who
>> squeak by with a D. Success means complying with the minimum
>> standards of the system.
>> Another reason that socialism is becoming more popular is that it
>> feels good without requiring any actual sacrifice. Taking care of
>> others is the essence of benevolence, right? A socialist can indulge
>> the sense that he is taking care of the downtrodden without having to
>> give up anything that he values.
>> *A Specter is Haunting America — Socialism*
>> Consider the reaction to the story that Bernie Sanders—the
>> self-professed “Democratic Socialist”—owns three homes and has a net
>> worth of over a million dollars. Supporters either ignored the story
>> or quibbled about the details. Setting aside the specifics of the
>> number of houses or their value, it remains that Sanders is in an
>> enviable position economically. If you wish, press one of the young
>> socialists on the ethics of his being a wealthy man who attempts to
>> force people far poorer than himself to pay for the needs of the
>> impoverished without being willing to sacrifice his own standard of
>> living. The response is likely to be an assertion that his heart is
>> in the right place, that he fights for the poor, and, therefore, his
>> individual style of life matters little.
>> How can Sen. Sander’s supporters overlook so seemingly obvious a
>> flaw? Simple, it is where their heads are as well. Today’s college
>> socialists do not want to deny themselves the pleasures of life in
>> their search for Utopia. Most of them are in college because a
>> college degree promises financial prosperity. Regardless of the fact
>> that this promise is often unmet, the typical social justice warrior
>> prizes his own comforts just as much as the chairman of the College
>> Republicans. Yet the socialist signals a sense of virtue while being
>> able to dismiss those on the right as greedy.
>> Why Is Socialism Still Popular?
>> The third reason that socialists continue to carry their banner
>> proudly may be the most important—pure undiluted arrogance. The
>> problem with socialism, they cry, is that it hasn’t been done
>> properly. “Listen to us—the young, the pure, and the good. We can fix
>> the mistakes of the past. We can cure the injustices. We can raise up
>> the poor. We can guard each man’s dignity and spare each man’s
>> pride”—as the campfire classic /They Will Know We are Christians by
>> Our Love/ puts it.
>> Try to expand the knowledge base of the blissfully arrogant by
>> mentioning the abuses of Mao, Stalin, Castro, or Che Guevara and most
>> will look confused at first. Eventually they will come up with a
>> reply. It is most likely to resemble the following. “We are not like
>> that. Those are dead men; their actions are in the past. We don’t
>> need to make the mistakes they made. We have not been corrupted by
>> the world.”
>> Of course, the college educated will disguise their arrogance under
>> other words that assert their intelligence. One will hear about power
>> structures, imperialist residue, and systems of oppression.
>> Working-class conservatives are dismissed as dupes who work against
>> their own interests. Western culture, which created the universities
>> in which the socialists work and learn, is the creation of dead white
>> men as a tool to subjugate females and those of other races. Defend
>> the idea that western culture created the concepts of freedom that
>> they supposedly espouse and you commit microaggressions. The
>> enlightened can no longer tolerate your “hate speech.” Make an
>> argument based on logic, and you will be met with the language of
>> deconstruction or the concept of relative truth.
>> *What the Popes Have to Say About Socialism*
>> How can the young socialists avoid the mistakes of the past? They
>> can’t, because they can’t get around the fact that socialism is
>> inherently unjust. In 1878, Pope Leo XIII correctly assessed the
>> evils of socialism
>> <http://www.tfp.org/10-reasons-to-reject-socialism/> in his
>> encyclical, /Quod Apostolici Muneris/ (On Socialism).^1
>> “For, indeed, although the socialists, stealing the very Gospel
>> itself with a view to deceive more easily the unwary, have been
>> accustomed to distort it so as to suit their own purposes,
>> nevertheless so great is the difference between their depraved
>> teachings and the most pure doctrine of Christ that none greater
>> could exist: ‘for what participation hath justice with injustice
>> or what fellowship hath light with darkness?’
>> <http://www.drbo.org/x/d?b=drb&bk=54&ch=6&l=14-#x>” (Paragraph 5)
>> Leo XIII would further explain at length in 1891 in /Rerum Novarum/
>> (On the Condition of the Working Classes).^2
>> “[I]nasmuch as the Socialists seek to transfer the goods of
>> private persons to the community at large, they make the lot of
>> all wage earners worse, because in abolishing the freedom to
>> dispose of wages, they take away from them by this very act the
>> hope and the opportunity of increasing their property and of
>> securing advantages for themselves.” (Paragraph 9)
>> “Inasmuch as the Socialists, therefore, disregard care by parents
>> and in its place introduce care by the State, they act /against
>> natural justice/ and dissolve the structure of the home.”
>> (Paragraph 21, emphasis in the original)
>> “[T]he equality conjured up by the Socialist imagination would,
>> in reality, be nothing but uniform wretchedness and meanness for
>> one and all, without distinction.” (Paragraph 22)
>> *Equality and Inequality Among Men*
>> “[I]t is perceived that the fundamental principle of Socialism
>> which would make all possessions public property is to be utterly
>> rejected because it injures the very ones whom it seeks to help,
>> contravenes the natural rights of individual persons, and throws
>> the functions of the State and public peace into confusion.”
>> (Paragraph 23)
>> It cannot be said that Pope Leo was speaking as some sort of
>> hidebound reactionary, longing for a time in which the peasants did
>> as they were told. /Rerum Novarum/ also speaks movingly about the
>> obligations of employers and the rights of workers. Clearly, this was
>> no passing fancy on the part of Leo XIII, but a well-considered
>> opinion developed over a considerable period of time.
>> Any intelligent adult can look at the plight of socialism’s many
>> victims and easily conclude whose vision of life under socialism was
>> more accurate—that of Karl Marx or that of Leo XIII. It is long since
>> time that we, as a society, exposed the truth about socialism
>> <http://www.tfp.org/what-the-popes-have-to-say-about-socialism/> to
>> our children, especially those who are listening to its siren call.
>> This will not be easy. Socialism has eaten deeply into the
>> intellectual fiber of modern life. Many are they who, knowingly or
>> not, buy into Marx’s assertion that the victory of socialism is
>> inevitable. They can be found in the universities and labor unions,
>> in schools and the halls of Congress. Unfortunately, large numbers of
>> them can also be found amongst the leaders of Holy Mother Church.
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>> The apologists for socialism have many tools at their command. The
>> “mainstream media” will be happy to show the travails of the poor and
>> unemployed in the United States. They will be happy to use their
>> rhetorical skills in socialism’s behalf—as we saw in the debate over
>> Obamacare when the lack of healthcare /insurance/ was presented as
>> the lack of healthcare itself. The socialist’s supposed compassion
>> will be trotted out to make the working guy who wants to bring home a
>> few more of the dollars that he earned look like a short-sighted
>> hick, clinging to, as President Obama famously put it, “God and guns.”
>> Of course, the anti-socialist has a less obvious, but far more
>> important weapon. It is a weapon whose effect can be delayed but
>> never denied. That weapon is called Truth, and socialism cannot
>> ultimately defeat it. For those of us who know socialism for what it
>> is, faithfulness to God and His Church demand that we proclaim the
>> evils of this inherently evil ideology.
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