Understanding Socialism – Lesson 1: What is Socialism?

Welcome to my first lesson in “Understanding Socialism and How It Will Destroy America.”  These lessons are designed to give the American public a better understanding of socialism and its goals.  I will detail reasons why the capitalist system our founding fathers set forth for us is a more preferable system for our nation and how socialistic agendas are now (and have been for decades) destroying the very foundation of our great nation.  If you like these lessons please pass the word around.  These are here to educate, enlighten and rally the American people in hopes that we can see the enemy with clear eyes and defeat it together.  Let’s win back America!

First off, let’s talk about what socialism is.  Carl Marx, who is said to be the father of communism, believed that socialism would be a system used to transition capitalist nations into communist nations.  Now, capitalism and communism could not be any more different.  The two are at completely opposite ends of the economic spectrum.

One the one hand, capitalism is a system that focuses on strengthening the individual.  Citizens of a capitalistic society are encouraged to work to better themselves.  The pursuit of wealth, uninhibited property rights and an unregulated market are the core values in capitalism.  In this system, a person is only responsible for his or her self and not the welfare of others.

On the other hand, communism is a system by which individuals work for the advancement of the collective.  In pure communism, there is no property because everything is believed to be communally owned.  In communism, there is no class system; everyone stays on a socially level playing field.

In Marx’s original plan, communism would be a system totally run by the working class, which always make up the majority in any given society.  All decisions of political or economic reform would be decided democratically, creating a system where everyone has a say and everyone gets their “fair share” of the economic wealth because it was worked for as a collective.  Under Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union, communism changed into its modern totalitarian form by witch a one-party central government keeps thing “fair” by assuming complete control over every aspect of the economy, ending Marx’s vision of a democratically run system.

Because these two systems are so fundamentally different, Marx believed that socialism would be the transitioning period a nation underwent as it changed from a capitalist society into a communistic one.

Because these two systems are so fundamentally different, Marx knew that a transition from capitalism to communism would take time and come in stages.  These stages were referred to as the dictatorship of the proletariat (or worker’s democracy) that modern Marxists now call socialism.  In socialism, communistic principles are introduced into a capitalistic society.

These practices include everything from redistribution of wealth to the nationalization of industries.  Little by little, these influences grow, eroding away the capitalist structure and replacing it with one where the citizenry thinks about the good of the collective and not that of themselves.

Everything from wealth to social status is leveled off little by little. It is a system where citizens are told to work, not for their own personal benefit, but for the benefit of the “common good.” People work to lift the majority, not just themselves.

From just this basic description, socialism can actually sound rather appealing to many people. After all, it is implemented in some form in many western European nations. People like the idea of helping each other. A comparative description of capitalism can make our nation’s system sound conceded and cruel.  It’s much more noble to think about helping our neighbors instead of just ourselves.  After all, why shouldn’t we want EVERYONE to succeed?.

Let’s get into the problems with socialism. Since socialism is a format where everything is kept “fair,” there must then be a governing body with the power to make sure things stay that way. For this reason, any industry regulated under socialistic principles requires a government that has TOTAL CONTROL! The only way for the government to make sure everything is fair is to preside over everything that goes on within the social structure.

Think about it this way, when you were a kid (this scenario assumes you have at least one sibling) and you and your brother/sister were fighting over something — let’s say who gets to play Nintendo — and you both went crying to Mom and Dad, what did they do? They probably delegated you each a time limit to play. You get it for, let’s say, a half hour and your sibling gets the next half hour. Sounds fair, and it is fair, BUT, there is only one way to make sure it happens! What would happen if your parents made such a rule and then left to go to the market or something? When your half hour of Nintendo was up, who would be there to make you get off — no one! What’s to stop you from taking more than your share?

For a system to exist solely on fairness there MUST be a governing body in total control at all times. I don’t know about you, but I think the government sticks their nose in our business more than enough already! There are stupid regulations for everything these days! The Constitution of the United States clearly limited the control of the governing bodies in this nation.

The LEAST power goes to the federal government. Next lowest is the states followed local offices. Do you know who has the MOST power?  Do you know where the Constitution delegates the majority of the decision making capabilities that affect your everyday life?

YOU!

Yes, the Constitution says that the majority of the power is in the hands OF PRIVATE CITIZENS! How powerful do you feel? Don’t you feel like the guys in Washington control everything and we just do as we are told? Think about your place of business. There are OSHA standards they have to meet, they have to have so many accommodations for handicapped people by law, they MUST hire people of different sexes, ethnicity’s, etc. That’s quite a bit of government control in what is supposed to be a private sector business (unless you work for someone like the USPS or another government job.) Imagine how much control there would be if the government nationalized (federally controlled) everything! You’d be under Uncle Sam’s thumb 24/7!

Ours is a system that allows private sector businesses to operate in the manor of their choosing as long as it doesn’t involve illegal activity. Now, if you just read that and think I’m a cruel and heartless bastard who wants handicapped people to suffer and for minorities to lose their jobs based solely on their race or whatever, you’re going to want to read on in my upcoming lessons where I’ll go into government regulations in greater detail.

Now, let’s use a simple scenario to help understand what happens in a socialist society. Let’s say you’re in college. You and, we’ll say Mike, are in the same college and you started at the same time. You spent four years working your ass off! You forwent parties, sporting events and many other social activities so you could stay in your dorm room and study. Mike, on the other hand, when out drinking all the time, never missed a football game no matter what and generally slacked off on his studies all through school.

Now, four years have passed; you’ve got a 4.0 GPA. You’re on the dean’s list. You’ve got a resume that could get you any job in the world. Mike has a 2.1 GPA (just enough to graduate) and his resume has next to nothing on it because all his free time when to partying.

Okay, the day before graduation, you get called into the dean’s office. First off, the dean shakes your hand and congratulates you on all your hard work. Nothing wrong there, you deserve the praise. He sits you down and tells you about Mike. He tells you that Mike’s resume is really hurting because of his low GPA. To help him out, the dean says he’s going to take a few of your grade points and give them to Mike; not much, just enough to bring him up to, say a 2.6. That looks lot better on a resume than a 2.1. Your 4.0 goes to a 3.5. There, you both have impressive scores and yours is still the higher one to show off your hard work. Everybody wins, right?

THAT IS SOCIALISM!!!

I don’t know about you, but I would have flipped my lid in that office if I was told that. I worked HARD for that grade! I made good choices on how to handle my personal time where this other guy didn’t. Why am I being at all punished for my extra effort?

Take a minute to consider how this would have played out in a communistic situation.  The dean would have taken the GPA’s you and Mike both earned, added them together and given you each half.  You would EACH receive a 3.05.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t think Mike deserves anything CLOSE to that, but under communist ideology, they weren’t yours or Mike’s grade points, they were EVERYONE’S.  Since everyone worked to earn them, they should be collected and evenly distributed between all parties involved.  After all, you working hard to help EVERYONE succeed, not just yourself, right?

Let’s take this ideal and place it in the real world. In the 2008 presidential race, then Senator Barack Obama campaigned on the promise that, as president, he would cut taxes for 95% of families.  That 95% made up the American families with household incomes below $250,000 a year.

That sounds really nice, doesn’t it? I’m willing to bet you reading this probably fell into that 95%. Who doesn’t want to get a tax cut? More money in my pocket certainly sounds good to me. BUT if we’re all getting a tax cut, who’s fronting the rest of the bill?

Well, the upper 5%, the “rich” if you will, would see their taxes go up. Not much, just enough to cover what the lower 95% don’t have to pay anymore. Hey, they’re rich. It’s not like they can’t afford it. They’ll still be rich; they just have to give a little more because of it.

Remember Marx’s dictatorship of the proletariat, the working class majority rule?  Does this not sound very similar to that ideology?  It champions wealth distribution to the working class at the expense of the upper class, a step closer to a level playing field and an abolishment of the class system; socialism.

Like the GPA lesson, this is punishment for hard work. The rich are rich because they WORKED HARD FOR IT! Doctors spend over a decade in school while the rest of us usually stop after just 4 years; and have you ever seen what it takes to GET a doctorate? It’s crazy hard! How about becoming a CEO? Do you think they just hire some shmuck off the streets and let him lead the company? NO! It’s either someone who’s studied and worked so hard that their resume is outstanding or it’s someone who joined the company on the ground floor and spent decades moving up the chain to the top! It’s hard work that makes people rich! It’s sacrifice that brings about wealth! Why are these people being punished for all they’ve done?!

But this is what we have now! 95% of us get a break and the upper 5% cover the difference. I don’t care if they can afford it, IT’S WRONG! It spits in the face of all this country stands for! Our founding fathers gave us the best economic system EVER conceived! Capitalism has endless possibilities if only you put forth the effort! Those who take the time, make the right choices, invest wisely and persevere to the end come out with the most wealth. They’ve earned it! Good for them!

But how do we treat the wealthy? Well, we’ve become a nation that treats our biggest successes like thieves. We call them corrupt. After all, they MUST have done something illegal to get all that wealth. I’m not saying some of them didn’t, but the ACTUAL number of wealthy people who didn’t earn it outright is so small it’s not even worth mentioning.

Remember how I said earlier that most of the world sees capitalism as a selfish system?  Well, if you were thinking that, my last couple of paragraphs probably cemented that into your mind.  Well, it is my hope that you will keep reading, because in the next lesson, I will go into great detail on how the ideal of strengthening the individual DOES help to strengthen the livelihood of the collective.

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