[Rushtalk] Why Is Socialism Still Popular?

John Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Tue May 29 08:36:30 MDT 2018

/*Clarify, please...........*/

On 5/29/2018 1:21 AM, Stephen Frye wrote:
> You totally missed the point of what I was writing.  That’s OK.  It’s 
> a chronic problem in this country – left and right.
> *From:*rushtalk-bounces at csdco.com <rushtalk-bounces at csdco.com> *On 
> Behalf Of *John Quayle
> *Sent:* Monday, May 28, 2018 2:00 PM
> *To:* rushtalk at csdco.com
> *Subject:* Re: [Rushtalk] Why Is Socialism Still Popular?
> */Stephen, I know that our country is full of hatred right now. Most 
> of it comes from the progressive left. Here's a taste of that vitriol: 
> <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZFcQ4FwO-Q> 
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> /*
> */              I, too, volunteer for an organization that helps 
> gather food, books, backpacks, and clothing for the needy children in 
> this are. It's called the Knights of Columbus - a Catholic men's club. 
> Some of our members help raise funds for sonogram machines, but will 
> then turn around and vote straight Democrat, not realizing that about 
> 90% of Democrats are pro-choice. We need to stand up for what we 
> believe, not be mealy-mouthed about it, and follow that up with 
> actions! These are Christ's words (Douay-Rheims): "Think ye, that I am 
> come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation!" /*
> */Luke 12:51 /*
> On 5/28/2018 4:24 PM, Stephen Frye wrote:
>     Yu know, over the past decade or so, the only thing I have seen
>     Christianity and Holy Scripture used for are weapons. True
>     Christianity, and the true meaning of the Holy writings live in
>     our hearts, and should always be visible to others.  None among us
>     will ever be perfect vessels or examples, but don’t we need to at
>     least try?  Our country is so full of hatred right now.  Such is
>     both saddening and sickening, and where will it end?  How many of
>     us will rally to answer that questions with “as soon as somebody
>     else does something”?
>     I volunteer for an organization that gathers and distributes food
>     for the needy.  Great.  But when spending more and more time with
>     them, I believe a lot of them miss the boat, too.  So very much of
>     what we witness in our day-to-day lives is nothing more than lip
>     service to the true meaning of Christianity and Holy Scripture. 
>     Other than  an hour a week in Church, how many of us, in our
>     day-to-day lives, are recognizable as Christians – not by what we
>     say we are, not by pointing fingers of condemnation of others, but
>     by how we behave?  How many of us even begin to live up to “And
>     they’ll know we are Christians …”.
>     We pat ourselves on the back for going to church every Sunday, and
>     for following Scripture and the teachings of Jesus, while we
>     viciously attack and demonize any who aren’t totally in line with
>     what we believe.  We can’t wait to climb up on our soap boxes so
>     that we can tell everyone else how they should lead their lives,
>     what they should believe, how they should act.
>     Jesus’ life here on earth, and the message of Holy Scripture was
>     never intended to be the vehicle of hatred and condemnation for
>     which it is so used today.
>     *From:*rushtalk-bounces at csdco.com
>     <mailto:rushtalk-bounces at csdco.com> <rushtalk-bounces at csdco.com>
>     <mailto:rushtalk-bounces at csdco.com> *On Behalf Of *John Quayle
>     *Sent:* Monday, May 28, 2018 10:59 AM
>     *To:* rushtalk at csdco.com <mailto:rushtalk at csdco.com>
>     *Subject:* Re: [Rushtalk] Why Is Socialism Still Popular?
>     */The tenets of progressive leftism are incompatible with the
>     teachings of Christ! And you can quote me on that............./*
>     */jaq/*
>     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_/**/?/*
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>             > Why Is Socialism Still Popular?
>               Why Is Socialism Still Popular?
>             May 23, 2018 | Edwin Benson
>             Why Is Socialism Still Popular?
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>             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
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>             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.
>                     *Learn All About the Prophecies of Our Lady of
>                     Good Success About Our Times*
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>                     Is Socialism Still Popular?
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>             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
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>             is a right-wing phenomenon. Remember that Nazi
>             <https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tfp.org%2Freflections-on-ten-years-of-struggle-against-nazism%2F&data=02%7C01%7C%7C4c12b68020994d15212408d5c4c4a3cc%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636631271193539577&sdata=1p3wBbiekVV8j%2F6dc0dYXPsK2YlSpFwBhzr7ggTHLc0%3D&reserved=0>
>             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
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>             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?*
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>             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 contributions.
>                 Why Is Socialism Still Popular?
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>             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*
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>             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?
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>             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*
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>             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
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>             in his encyclical, /Quod Apostolici Muneris/ (On
>             Socialism).^1
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>                 “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?’
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>                 (Paragraph 5)
>             Leo XIII would further explain at length in 1891 in /Rerum
>             Novarum/ (On the Condition of the Working Classes).^2
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>                 “[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*
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>                 “[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
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>             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.
>                     *10 Razones Por las Cuales el “Matrimonio”
>                     Homosexual es Dañino y tiene que Ser Desaprobado*
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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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