Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Choice is Clear -- Socialism or Freedom

The vital question of the moment, for Americans and for free people the world over, is the choice between the risks of freedom and the relative safety of serfdom in a socialist nanny state.

Social justice has been used to lay the bricks and bars of a vast prison of nations across the civilized world. In the name of providing aid to the disposed, an ever expanding category, people at large have been deprived of their independence and their incomes. But rather than aiding anyone, what has been truly built up is a vast bureaucracy to man the walls and herd the people through every step of their lives.

Socialism has reversed the human march toward freedom and out of the shadow of monarchies and empires which assumed the ownership of the rights of its subjects. Like the monarchs of old, socialism promises protection in exchange for subservience. The contract isn't stated as clearly as that, but that is its final end point.

Give us your freedoms and we'll measure out your health care and your life expectancy, we'll give you unemployment and take back the bulk of your income, give us your free speech and we'll tell you what to think.

Of course like Satan laying out his proposal to Faust or your average television commercial, only the advantages of the arrangement are laid out, but not the dark price that has to be paid to get those advantages.

For Conservative movements the world over to matter again, the question must be put to nation after nation. Would you rather be taken care of on a second rate basis in exchange for all your freedoms or would you rather be free?

Satan's appeal to Faust relied on his pride. The chief arsenal of big government is fear. "Either you give us unlimited power or who knows what will happen to you? Sure you may not like paying high income taxes, find your life narrowly restricted and your choices limited... but just imagine what could happen without our safety net?"

And that safety net remains the most compelling thing socialism has to offer. But what the safety net really means is the abrogation of responsibility, the promise that entire populations need never grow up, need never function as adults because they live and die secure in the cradle of the nanny state.

Little wonder then that where socialism creeps birth rates drop, marriages are delayed, divorces are frequent, leadership is lacking, culture becomes vulgar, obscenity becomes art and all the other symptoms of an infantile generation take hold. After all once you've chosen to give up your responsibility to the government, you choose to remain stuck somewhere between childhood and adulthood.

Little wonder then too that socialist countries are filled with pop culture offerings that shout, rant and rave about rebellion. Of course when you refuse to be an adult, posturing about being a rebel is the next best substitute. But not a rebellion that leads to adulthood, but to greater infantilism, more Socialism, Marxism, Communism and even a smiling Great Teacher in the form of Che or Obama to lead you there and solve all your problems.

As Conservative movements adopt to socialism, they begin playing on a socialist ball field in a contest that they may win in the short term, even as they are losing disastrously in the long term. Because on a socialist ball field, all that conservatives can do is try to hold back the worst policies of the left, this only makes a socialist system more functional, or try to divy up the benefits another way. Often both.

In doing so Conservatives give up their most compelling argument against the Left, individual freedom.

The general public is surprisingly well aware of the price being paid for the benefits socialism promises, of the bureaucrats they are subservient to, the high taxes on their income and the centralized control that is as aimless and dysfunctional as anything operating out of Moscow. They know the problem, what they all too often lack is an opposition that puts their grievances into words and then actually does something about it when in power.

If we can give them that, then we can win. And freedom can win.


Lemon said...

I think maybe people are too bent on having things they believe will be free , like medical care and food, housing assistance and so they don't see the slavery that goes with being a debtor.
When the government pays for your way in life you are it's servant.
The borrower is slave to the lender and the government doesn't lend for free, they tax, demand service back etc.
Both the taxes and the national servitude are slavery since you work in effect for the company store.

In the south mostly years ago poor blacks and whites worked for the company store. It was the source of the song "16 Tons".
"You load 16 tons and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt, St Peter don't you call me cuz I cant come, I owe my soul to the company store".

sania khan said...

no socialism, no other, we faver to islamic way of life. Because it is the best system.
People don't see with independet eyes.

Anonymous said...

to Sania: (since your blog's commnent section requires registration I will post your answer here
Islam and Socialism-Communism are two sides of the same coin. just look and see that the best friends of Islamic Radical countries are communist countriers like Russia and china and their enemies are free countries. and I don't seem much differnce between the two ideologists. about Islam I think its a Satan worshiping relegion.History has proved it and we can see it everyday in the world. Isnt' Jihad the most holy belive in Islam? Jihad means attacking other people and countries and occupying them and oppressing them and raping their women. as long as I know it is Satan who tells you if someone like me comes and tell you that killing other people(infidels) and raping their women is a Satanic act you should not only ignore me but you should kill me ! it is Satan who tells you kill and rape not God but Moslems are blind to the truth and they dont' use their minds. They follow Satan and try to justify his orders in all ways. The world would be a better place if like Buddists and Jews and Christians you too could belive that the right thing is to help other human beings ( infidels) . No one ever hears Moslems do anything good for anyone in the world. think and realize that it is Satan you are follwoing.
(from one who grew up in an Islamic country and learned the truth about the lies of Islam)

Anonymous said...

I prefer freedom over peace.
Great post.

Mrs. Anna T said...

As someone who was born in the USSR, I know socialism cannot work without turning into the worst kind of dictatorship. When I hear "socialism", I think, "run for your life"!

Sultan Knish said...

yup, hopefully americans won't have to learn the same hard way

ytba said...

Some reference material...




exDemocrat said...

Probably the most succinct, well-written treatise on "socialism" that I have ever read. Well done.

To piggyback on some prior posts, socialism creates a spiritual vacuum where cults such as islam thrive.

Proof: see eurabia. see UK. see canada.

Socialist cr@pholes being infiltrated by the death cult of islam.

Now look at Michigan (the Dearborn area in particular): same thing happening there. Socialism (Democrat Party) policies have created the ultimate welfare state where islam thrives.

Let's roll America.

Doug Mayfield said...

Some people confuse socialism with charity. And socialists are careful to nurture this confusion. But real charity involves personal choice and begins with an individual who first earns the money with which to help those less fortunate.

Socialism is a perversion of charity which is enforced at gun point and which will always lead to some kind of slave state.

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