Let’s Talk Socialism

What is it? 

Socialism describes any political or economic theory that says the state or government, rather than individuals, should own and manage property and natural resources. Think government-run health care, government mandated wage requirements, and more restrictions and regulations on private businesses. 

Oh yeah–one more thing. All this government control also means a lot more taxes to pay for it. 

What is the goal of Socialism? 

In the Marxist Theory Socialism is the transitional state between the overthrow of Capitalism and the establishment of Communism.  

Has a Socialist government ever worked? 

Socialism has failed everywhere it has been tried, from North Korea to Venezuela to Cuba to the former Soviet Union to the many failed Socialist states in Africa. The most recent example of failure is Venezuela. Venezuela was once one of the most prosperous countries in South America. But after  years of socialism people are starving, infrastructure is crumbling, the currency is collapsing, and the rule of law is dissolving. 

What is the legacy of Socialism in the 20th Century? 

Socialism/Communism was the leading ideological cause of death between 1900 and 2000.  94 million people perished in China, the Soviet Union, North Korea, Afghanistan, and Eastern Europe  

What did Ronald Reagan say regarding Socialism? 

“Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don’t need it and hell where they already have it.” 

What did British Prime Minister Margret Thatcher say regarding Socialism? 

“In our philosophy the purpose of the life of the individual is not to be the servant of the State and its objectives, but to make the best of his talents and qualities. The sense of being self-reliant, of playing a role within the family, of owning one’s own property, of paying one’s way, are all part of the spiritual ballast which maintains responsible citizenship, and provides the solid foundation from which people look around to see what more they might do, for others and for themselves. That is what we mean by a moral society; not a society where the State is responsible for everything, and no-one is responsible for the State.” 

How does Socialism view religion? 

Marxist–Leninist atheism, also known as Marxist–Leninist scientific atheism, is the irreligious and anti-clerical element of Marxism–Leninism, the official state ideology of the Soviet Union. Based upon a dialectical-materialist understanding of humanity’s place in nature, Marxist–Leninist atheism proposes that religion is the opium of the people; thus, Marxism–Leninism advocates atheism, rather than religious belief.” 

Is Socialism is on the rise in America today?

Not only are a growing number of young people sympathetic to the idea, but many politicians are actively pushing policies to advance it. 

At the base level, socialism simply means strict government control over the economy.  

Although socialism and its programs are pursued in the name of promoting equality, the outcome is devastating for everyone it touches. Socialism’s sky-high taxes, poor health care, choice restrictions, supply shortages, lackluster innovation and more government rules will shackle individual freedom. 

Socialism dismantles the very mechanisms of our current free market system that promotes progress and economic advancement: competition and individual freedom.. 

In short, socialism takes. It takes entrepreneurial opportunities. Takes better standards of living. Takes upward mobility. Takes innovation. And takes economic stability. 

As opposed to, free enterprise and capitalism which does just the opposite: it creates. Creates jobs. Creates wealth. Creates higher wages. Creates economic growth. And creates the opportunity to achieve the American Dream. 

On my next blog post we will talk about the persecution of Christians around the world and how the killing of Believers has reached the U. N’s definition of genocide.