Socialism in the Mainstream

dbschlzNot too long ago, about 30 years and before, the word “socialism” or “socialist” evoked a rather basal angst in the stomach of most Americans. Socialism was then widely acknowledged as the archenemy and the antithesis of the American system. Originally based on individual sovereignty, free markets and only limited government interference, the American system was contrary to the socialist system; a system based on widespread government control (even ownership of the means of production) and anti-individualism.

Socialism’s doctrines were hard fought against in years past. In World War II it was a fight against the National Socialists of Germany and their allies. The Cold War pitted us against the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Both the Korean and Vietnam conflicts were fought at least in part to push back the spread of socialism (and its close relative communism).

Some might squabble that those instances only regard the aggressive side of socialism. But socialism has no non-aggressive side – not pertaining to individualism. At its foundation it is a system that coercively controls the individual. Regardless of whether or not the control is through voluntary assent, that coercion is ubiquitous and is a form of aggression: aggression against individual initiative and self reliance, individual sovereignty, and individual liberty. Socialism has as its enemy, the individual.

In the 1940s the realizations of World War II put a plain and ugly face on socialism. But, slowly, through the relentless power grabs of big-government elites, and through a generational turnover, that collectivist system, if not the word “socialism” itself, became less stigmatized.

Steadily the doctrines of socialism have become mainstream and are more and more overt. Have you noticed the whooping crowds at a Bernie Sanders rally? Sanders is an avowed (and proud of it) socialist seeking the nomination for President of the U.S. on the Democratic Party ticket. His audiences, made up greatly of young persons, rally around his talking points – which are very akin to those of the socialists of the 1930s and ‘40s. And, have you paid attention to the socialist-like jabberings of Hillary Clinton, Elisabeth Warren, Chuck Schumer, Al Franken, Dick Durbin and MANY others?

Karl Marx, co-author of The Communist Manifesto in 1948, argued the inevitable transition of capitalist-based systems to socialism on their way to all-out communism. We are well on our way to full socialism/communism as Karl Marx described unless we recognize what is happening and stop it now.

Obama saw his own election to the pinnacle of political power as a colossal step in the socialist conquest to, in his own words, “fundamentally transform America.” Fundamental transformation of America means changing the basis of the American system; that is, transforming our capitalist, limited-government system into a socialist, unlimited-government state.

But many still do not knowingly recognize the transition to socialism. In the past there was a very active Socialist Party involved in U.S. elections, but look at what Norman Thomas, the Socialist Party of America candidate running for U.S. President, was reported to have said in a 1944 speech: “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of “liberalism,” they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened. I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform.”

And recently, look at how the head of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, responded to a question about socialism. In an interview by Chris Matthews, and then again a few days later by Chuck Todd, Ms Schultz was asked the difference between socialism and the Democratic Party. She was noticeably flummoxed and tried to divert but simply could not answer that question, leading one to surmise there is very little difference.

In 2009, Newsweek magazine’s cover boldly declared: “We Are All Socialists Now.” Yes, arguably, we might well be there my friends, but it can, and must be reversed before all semblance of the individual is forever gone, hopelessly digested as an insignificant speck by the all-powerful leviathan state.

This article originally appeared at Opinion Arlington

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