Everywhere you look there is something pertaining to the rise of socialism in this country, assuming you’re a political geek like me. It’s surreal. Understandable, but still surreal.
Many of the younger generation have been convinced that unjust economic inequality is rampant in this country. They’ve been conditioned that one must attend college to achieve anything – and not just any college. One must attend the most elite, and therefore most expensive, university they are able. The debt consequences of this are devastating to many.
Add to this the cost of just living in the “real” world, and it is a recipe for disaster.
Then along comes Bernie and Elizabeth Warren, and now Ms. Ocasio-Cortez. They fill the younger set’s heads with fantasies of free everything and shared wealth. And many millennials and younger jump on the socialism bandwagon with zero thought of the fallout.
And media pick it up and run with it, because many of them are closet socialists.
So now the discussions, articles and broadcasts all speak of the growing popularity of what’s being called “Democratic Socialism.” Frankly, I’m already tired of hearing about it. And I’m growing even wearier of hearing the supposed experts breaking down the difference between the several political theories.
We speak of capitalism, socialism, democratic socialism, fascism and communism/Marxism.
Well, anyone who breaks it down this far is full of crap. Just like there are only two genders – male and female – so there are but two categories of governance – capitalism and communism. Everything else is just lipstick on a pig.
Free-market capitalism is simply a live and let live philosophy, employing the smallest, most decentralize governmental body society can tolerate. It allows people to pretty much govern themselves. It also affords the greatest amount of freedom to do what you wish and achieve what you can, providing, as Jefferson said, what you do does not pick my pocket nor break my leg. And due to man’s natural inclination to dominate one another, it is practically unachievable.
The other, of course, is communism, where a centralized authority dictates all. It encompasses all other philosophies but capitalism.
For this discussion, I’m not going to explore fascism, other to say that it is merely communism with a more nationalist identity.
And that brings us to socialism. I’ve said it before, but I suppose I’ll just have to keep repeating that there is no such thing as permanent socialism. It is but a whistle stop on the train to one or the other – capitalism or communism.
Let me explain it this way. You’re standing at the end of a long dock. All of a sudden, the dock begins to break apart and then splits in half. Where you’re standing remains relatively stable, as does the other half. But the center has given way, exposing some rather shaking looking pylons. So what do these dock sections represent? One of the ends is capitalism, the other is communism – and the shaky middle is socialism.
As you step onto one of the pylons, it begins to sink. You know you can’t remain, so you must make a choice to either return to the capitalist end of the dock or step off to the communist side. And it seems more often than not, people will choose to leap to the communist side.
The reason is human nature – man’s proclivity to dominate each other. Socialism is a myth because even if it could be achieved, where everyone partakes in everything and has a voice, the eventuality is that someone, or group of someones, will rise to run things. After all, someone has to be in charge – right? This can happen by force or by the choice of the people. Either way, when it happens, there is no more socialism. It is replaced with centralized authoritarianism. There’s just no getting around it.
The socialist mantra of share and share alike is antithetical to human nature. Some strong man (or group) will always ascend to dictate just who will share and how much. This inevitably leads to the Marxist/communist philosophy of, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”
So whether one claims to be a democratic socialist or a regular old socialist, just picture them teetering on a sinking pylon preparing to make the leap to communism – because you can be damn certain they will not leap to capitalism, where everyone is responsible for themselves and not merely wards of the State.