"Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself."
"Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself."
Let's talk about socialism. We hear that word being thrown around all the time in everyday life.
To some people it is great. To others it is terrible. But what really is socialism? What are the good aspects of it? What are the bad aspects of it? What did America's Founding Fathers have to say about socialism? Has it ever succeeded in history? I hope you join me on this journey of defining just what socialism REALLY is.
This article is written for progressives, socialists, moderates, Republicans, Democrats, liberals and people who are generally happy with the way government operates. The aim of this article is to explain the many pitfalls of socialism and why it has never worked and can't possibly work. You will discover how socialism is contrary to universal laws, how it is morally weak and how it has more bad than good.
So if you're a socialist I would advise leaving now because I know you guys don't like reading. Basketball is probably on right now, or maybe American Idol. Go get your fix, Caesar has given you plenty of entertainment :).
The word socialism can take on many different meanings to different people. Different words mean different things to different people. It is important to look beyond words and into the actions and concepts behind words. The word Nazi itself is quite meaningless. But when coupled with killing, totalitarian dictatorship, genocide, etc, it takes on a whole new meaning. So it is important to see which concepts are associated with socialism.
When I use the term socialism I am basically talking about the government administering helpful programs to citizens that are funded through taxpayer money. Socialism basically is government intervention in human affairs. It's similar to Robin Hood - taking from the rich and giving to the poor. That is basically what the term means. Socialism levels the playing field and tries to bring the poor and less fortunate up a little, while bringing the rich and more fortunate down a little. So now that we have that out of the way let's move on.
To get a better understanding of what we're really talking about here let's list some socialist programs:
So when we are talking about socialism we are talking about programs similar to these - a program administered by the government for the "benefit" of those in need.
It is important to cover some basic principles of life because they tie into socialism. Most people do not talk about such parts of life in discussions of socialism and consequently it never ever makes sense.
An important point that is never talked about ever is the concept of growth. Why are we here on earth? Where are we going? Are we to just float by each day and stay the same? Is it okay to not work hard? Would it be better to have things given to us or should we work for them?
These are FUNDAMENTAL questions at the core of almost every political and personal issue, but for some reason we have decided to ignore these questions. As soon as these kind of questions are not tied in to your life you are going to be limiting your overall decision making.
Since we have been so far removed from spiritual things and ethical philosophies it is hard to educate most people on a topic such as growth but nevertheless it needs to be done.
Take the life cycle for instance. We start as a child and GROW into an adult. We are not born as adults or as mature. We are born in an INFERIOR state of that of a child. Similarly, a tree starts as a seed before becoming a full tree. Things evolve, they grow, they don't stay the same. Growth is part of nature and the universe and consequently is most likely a positive aspect of life. We do not expect to grow old only to die at the same level of understanding and wisdom we had as a 5 year old. We do not wish to go through life without learning new things and discovering new places - GROWTH. Therefore, it may be wise to consider the concept of personal development and individual growth throughout discussions of socialism.
We all start at different levels. Don't believe me? Why are there people born in Africa that have to strive all day for food while others born in Europe sit fat and wealthy? People start with a different set of cards. I know most people don't like to think about this or talk about it, but it is a fact and something that ties into socialism. While we are all equal as human beings we are not equal as far as our circumstances and families. Some of us have worse luck than others. Some people have great families, others do not. This is something we need to understand and be able to be mature about either way. Just because somebody got a bad family and a hard start in life does not mean it is something to get all hurt about. There are many positives that can come from this. After all, our purpose here is not to be born into a good family but to GROW from our current position. We are to mature from our starting point. Despite the starting point, we can all leave this earth a little better than we started.
Let's now set forth some principles that are worthy of building a foundation on - things that we can almost all agree on.
Almost everyone will agree these are all admirable traits that should be exercised by everyone. So why would we want to possibly go up against these basic principles? How could it ever make sense to travel away from such principles that are basic to sound living? And yet we seem to be okay with going away from this foundation all the time. As we explore socialism it is imperative to come back to these principles and see if we are still maintaining them and in alignment with them. We should never stray from such basic truths.
So how does Socialism compare to these basic principles we have outlined? Does it promote such principles, or does it demote them?
The easy way is almost never the right way. For it is the hardships each one of us face that strengthen us. Just like if we don't stay active and physically fit we become brittle and weak. If we don't exercise our mind we become stubborn and slow. Although many good things in life are hard, they are necessary. These hardships are necessary to help us grow. And again, growth is a very important part of our everyday existence. Not going to school as a child is easy. It's easy to skip class and not become educated. But is that really worth it in the long run? Is it worth it to take the easy road and not become educated? Do such choices not ultimately end up hurting us as we progress through life? Easy choices rarely provide the testing and circumstances for growth, new experiences and fulfillment in life. We feel and are best when we overcome challenges, not when we run from them. Therefore, such an approach should be maintained when talking with political matters.
Why then would we opt for the easy road when we get fired from a job? Why then would we expect the easy handout of collecting unemployment when this does nothing to fix the problem but only to sustain it? We interrupt our challenge of finding a new job when we fall victim to the trap of collecting unemployment. We fall victim to the trap of collecting food stamps thinking that this will make things right. While in the short term these types of "fixes" may take care of the matter at hand, in the long run they will ultimately dig their own grave. Neglecting responsibility on your own part is always something that will bring you down rather than bring you up. It is important to recognize areas of growth and to overcome such challenges. Socialist programs only serve to allow one to escape such opportunities for development - and at a heavy price as we will soon discover.
Children need parents to take care of them - the same way a socialist needs a government to take care of them. Think about what I just said. A socialist is openly admitting to being a child. They are actively embracing it. They would much rather remain a child their whole life than grow up and become a parent. Parents have responsibility, children do not.
For somebody to need somebody else to take care of them shows an inability of the individual to do so him/herself. This is why children live with their parents. They can't do things on their own. They are too IMMATURE to live on their own. They haven't yet developed their PRINCIPLES to act as a contributing individual to society yet. They haven't learned their lessons and overcome their appetites yet. So when we are living in a world of socialists, who by their actions participate in the exact same mistakes as children what does this really say about socialism? What does it say about where we are headed? It is much more appropriate to be adults and practice discipline than to be children and live with lower rules. Again, go back to our main principles and ask yourself whether a child or a mature adult will uphold such principles in a decent manner.
Let's talk about how socialism is promoted. Everyone knows that humans are emotional beings. We all cry, love, feel bad, feel good, get hurt, have feelings and on and on. We are emotional on many grounds.
The main reason why socialism is so appealing is that it focuses on your emotional and personal attributes. Everyone wants to think that it is so admirable not to let other people starve, that it is so helpful to educate everyone, that we are so nice not to let anyone have hardships. But in doing so, we throw away some of the basic principles of life. Principles like hard work, like failure, like integrity, like all the struggles that help us grow.
A common way to push a socialist agenda is to tap into these emotions. But these emotions aren't tapped into without anything CONNECTED. This is where sales comes in. Everyone knows that a good salesman will sweet talk you into certain things of your interest in order to get you to swallow the whole. They will compliment you, be your friend, work extra for you, but in the end they got your sale.
This is the same with socialism. Take something like welfare. There are lots of dynamics with welfare, but when marketed to the general public only the positives are sold. Themes like, "you wouldn't want to let your neighbor starve would you?", or "How does the greatest nation on earth not take care of its weak?". It's all sales, period. And the people are lined up waiting to be sold.
But what people fail to realize is that there's a catch. Just because the statement sold is a good thing, doesn't mean there are no negatives attached.
For example, if I were offer lots of candy and soda to a little kid he would gladly accept it thinking I am the nicest, coolest guy in the world. After all, his parents don't allow such great food in the home. He has to eat broccoli and apples. Yuk! So initially my offer of candy would seem very appealing to the child. But after a little bit of time he may develop a stomach ache and feel really awful from the lack of nourishment. A steady diet of candy would eventually lead to a weaker body and a more slothful child. He wouldn't be as strong if he had just stuck to his parents regime of more wholesome foods. This is the exact same thing that goes on with socialist programs - and they are sold to most people the same way candy is sold to the child. They appeal to the emotions: they feel good, they taste good, they look good - but are they really good for you?
Socialism is in most ways the opposite of growth. It goes against universal law by teaching that things like patience and hard work are not needed. It teaches that taking from another for your own selfish ends is okay. It promotes and rewards people for turning their back on growth. And growth is the reason we are here.
Don't think growth is important? Everything that you enjoy in life is growth. Going out and meeting new people is growth. Watching the TV and learning new things is growth. Every time you gain more information you are growing. We all like growing, we just don't know it. There are certain types of growth we like and others we don't like because we are not quite able to see the positive effects they will have on our life.
This is where short-term and long-term thinking come into effect. When you were a child sometimes you may not have had the wisdom that your parents or teachers possessed. You would make rash decisions that would ultimately end up to hurt you in the end. Ever gone against your parents' word after they strictly told you not to do it? The parent will warn the child not to touch the hot stove, but for the sole reason of growth and experience the child will do it anyway. And so the child learns the hard way as they were not able to take the parents advice.
The same is true with socialism. The parents of society and life will tell the children that socialism will ultimately come back to burn them. The universe will not let you get away with breaking natural law. If the universe teaches through integrity and self-responsibility trying to evade these concepts will only render you back down to an animal. You will now be no different than a monkey or dog that doesn't have the foresight of a wise human being.
We all want independence, we all want freedom, but we don't want to take the steps to get there. We don't like the kind of growth that doesn't have short term effects. We don't like the growth that may not pay off for a couple of years. We don't like the kind of growth that comes off disguised in overalls and a paint brush. We are always trying to evade this type of growth, the same way the child tries to avoid the discipline of their parent.
We've all heard the phrase, "Give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day; teach a man to fish, he'll eat for life".
When most people read and think about this saying they will most certainly think that it is always better to teach somebody how to fish. Why would you want to give them a fish when they will have to keep coming back to you for more fish every day? It would be much smarter to just teach the person how to fish so that they are now SELF-RELIANT. The person who gets the fish given to them for 1 day is reliant on somebody else - just like how a child is reliant on their parents. The person who learns how to fish is not reliant on somebody else - they are like a parent who can take care of them self. Even better, once the person has learned how to fish they can now teach others how to fish as well. It spreads.
I would like to equate giving a man a fish with that of socialism. Socialism, for the most part, is built around the concept of giving things that create reliance on the giver. Socialism does not focus on teaching how to overcome a situation or grow individually, but on how to get by for the day. And tomorrow, when the same problem presents itself again, once again something will be given so the person is taken care of again. This whole time they are never really learning how to fish. They are simply stunting their growth while also taking from somebody else. This is a very bad position to be in. 2 people are getting hurt here rather than both being helped.
You don't help somebody by enabling them to continue their error. It is important that people realize that most socialist programs have such an agenda hidden within. This, again, now has to do with the people promoting such programs being themselves children. If one was really an intelligent, mature individual they would know the best way to educate and help their citizens grow is NOT to allow them to take. They would know that the socialist answer does not promote growth. It doesn't teach people how to become self-sufficient and able to help others. It doesn't spread. Socialism works the opposite way. It takes. It slowly collapses on itself. People become dependent on others and lose whatever independence they have.
Being a businessman I am always caring about whether things make a profit or make a loss. And being a human being, I am always concerned with whether things are profitable or hurting towards others. In both of these cases socialism fails.
While a quick look at socialism may seem as though it is a working model that spreads everything out so we are all much more equal and in harmony, deeper investigation shows this is simply not the reality of it.
Have you ever worked really hard for something? Maybe when you were younger you worked really hard to become the best player in a particular sport. Maybe you studied really hard and got a good grade on a test. Maybe you got really good at smoking weed. Whatever the case, we have all worked hard at something and been driven to work hard at getting good at it for whatever reason.
Now how does it help you to take away that reward and recognition for striving hard? How does it motivate you to grow and develop yourself when working harder is no different than working easier? When hard work and easy work produces the same result what motivation is there to do work hard?
If you studied your ass off to get good grades in school, but some other student who didn't study and was far inferior to you academically got into the same college as you how would that make you feel? How would you feel if he was allowed the same job as you? Would you feel that he earned it and deserved it? It this the right thing to do?
So what does this have to do with socialism? While this may not be something socialism directly advocates, it is absolutely an inescapable truth. There is no way of escaping the proven fact that as soon as somebody learns they no longer needs to work as hard to get what they want, they won't. If this includes avoiding getting a new job or living off food stamps so be it. Socialism promotes people to take the lower road rather than the higher road.
And it's not just poor people. Look at the way banks are always being bailed out by socialism. Look at how when a bank fails it is subsidized by the taxpayer rather than replaced by a new company that ISN'T bankrupt. How does that make any sense? Why do you give a company money when it is about to go bankrupt? Is this insanity? Shouldn't a new company come in and take over its assets at a huge discount? And we all know the world will not collapse if these large companies are allowed to fail. The only thing that will collapse are the bankers making money off the millions of Americans who fall for the scam time and time again. This stuff is obvious to anybody with an IQ higher than room temperature.
What? Are you stupid Quinton? How is helping people WRONG? Helping people isn't wrong... helping them the socialist way is. This comes back to good parenting vs bad parenting. A country should be a good parent to its citizens. It should equip them with the discipline and moral integrity to actually grow and become better. They should become self-reliant and helpful to others.
Giving handouts everyday IS NOT the way to teach somebody how to grow. They grow through education and experience. They grow through struggles and hardships. Neither of these are allowed through socialism. Socialism is like handing somebody a fish every day rather than teaching them how to fish. Is this how you would want to raise you children? Is this morally the right thing to do? Is it morally correct to allow your children to continue a lifestyle of dependency or is it morally correct to show them how to wean themselves from such a dependency?
How then could enabling people with welfare checks, food stamps and all the other social programs be the morally correct choice? Such mistakes are only making our society worse. The moral thing to do is to help people. Socialism clearly does not help people in the long run.
Go quiz a socialist on history. Ask them about Nazi Germany or Communist Soviet Union. They will know nothing about either of these important events that explain almost all of our current events. They will be unable to see the parallels between both of these events with that of our current socialism. Those who fail to learn history are destined to repeat it. But socialists have absolutely no interest whatsoever to learn history. They have no interest in learning because learning is hard. Socialism is not about hard work or growth, it is about somebody else doing the hard work for you while you fulfill your desires and escape your responsibilities.
The same way a child does not understand their errors, a socialist is usually unaware of the hidden negatives associated with such a philosophy. When a child steals from a store because they can, they haven't fully developed themselves to understand that they are hurting the store by doing so. They haven't quite understood how there are negative effects outside of their selfish act. Socialists have not outgrown this same mindset.
I think it is fair to say that most good things in life take time. Bill Gates didn't become rich overnight. Thomas Edison didn't invent the light bulb his first try. Beethoven didn't write his masterpieces instantly. Good things almost always take time and effort. So how do such principles compare to socialism?
For instance, we can all agree that it is admirable and appropriate to help the lesser people in our society. Everyone should be given the best chance they can get and those in need should be helped. Where socialism breaks down is on how it plans to accomplish such a goal. Socialism takes the instant gratification approach while a more mature approach takes an approach of patience and effort.
When somebody turns down a socialist regime they ARE NOT saying that they think it is okay for people of misfortune to suffer and for nothing to be done about it. They are saying that the socialist approach is NOT the right way to go about helping them, the same as feeding a child candy is not the way to curb his hunger. Or the same way giving a man who doesn't know how to fish a fish to take care of him for the day. The goal of helping those in need should be focused on equipping them with the ability to take care of themselves. Education and long-term solutions should be the focus.
And yes, sometimes there is going to be some PAIN. Pain is not a bad thing. It is part of growth. Again, the correct path is not always the easiest path - in most cases it is the hardest path. But in the end it will provide the most fruit and allow for the highest level of freedom and prosperity. After all, such a path is in alignment with our universal principles that mirror nature.
If a tree is without water it may have to be patient and wait weeks for a new storm to brew. It may not get the water it so desperately needs immediately. But when the water finally comes it will be thankful and use it appropriately. Things are not always easy. This is nature. This is life.
It is important to realize that people do sell out. What do I mean by this? People have a certain threshold of how far they are willing to go along the path of virtue before finally selling out to the lower road.
Take something like prostitution for example. Most women know that this is wrong and will avoid such an act to the best of their ability. However, when the right circumstances present themselves almost all will be willing to finally sell out. Will most women do this for $500? Probably not. $1,000? Again, probably not. But what happens when the stakes are risen to $1,000,000? Or maybe their emotional ego will be appealed to by placing them in the spotlight as a Hollywood star. Such circumstances really push the threshold of what otherwise moral and decent people are willing to do.
These types of things should be considered in relation to socialism. While socialism obviously has nothing to do with prostitution in the normal sense, it does in the threshold of selling out sense. Socialism, like prostitution, has a certain level of how far people are willing to go before they finally just cave in and give up the hard path of growth and universal principles. Couple this with outside circumstances that force them into such situations that really pull at their deepest desires and, well, they are sold.
Look at the recent health care legislation in America. People don't need this. They can easily work harder and smarter and become better because of it. But that dangling carrot looks so tasty and will make things a bit easier for our immediate needs. In the end it will be another contributing factor towards bankruptcy in America, but the threshold has been reached. The circumstances and conditions were right to finally allow people to cave in and think they are doing the right thing. Just like the prostitute was doing the right thing for $1,000. You'd be a fool to pass up such a deal, right?
Socialism is not a political view that takes an honest approach at understanding and solving problems. Socialism is not about real solutions that will last far into the future. Socialism is religious fanaticism. Socialists are very similar to many religious groups that get to a certain point and then refuse to research any further. They have their mind made up and that's it.
And just like these religious groups they refuse to do any research whatsoever. True die-hard socialists are by far the most uneducated group you will ever find. And of course they are, the same goes for their religious fanatical counterparts. They have no interest in solving problems or truth, their interest is regurgitating what their masters have told them. For all intents and purposes, Socialists are no different than fundamental religious factions - lacking in critical thinking, an honest yearning for real answers and the humility to let go of their views when a more appropriate one is discovered.
Another note worth mentioning is that socialism is administered by the government. That's right, the very people responsible for the long post office lines, lengthy road construction, long DMV waiting times and on and on. Any businessman, and most non-businessmen, KNOW that the government is by far the most cumbersome and inefficient group of people ever known to man.
Why is the government inefficient? Because it's socialist of course. Government employees have no incentive to work hard because their boss has no incentive to work hard because if they don't do their job correctly it doesn't matter. They still get paid compliments of the taxpayer. The government faces no competition whatsoever and as a result can do a lesser job than a private company would ever be allowed to. But this isn't even my point.
My point is that the government can't turn a profit on anything. They can't manage anything correctly. So why do people think it is okay for such a terrible company to administer our social programs? If we really wanted social programs to be ran correctly we would actually move them AWAY from government control and in to private control. Does anybody ever stop to think why the government is controlling such programs? Even IF socialism was logically and morally viable, which is clearly IS NOT, the government should be the absolute last business to run such programs.
Don't make the mistake of thinking that Democrats are the only Socialists. Republicans are also Socialists, just a tad bit less. But they are equally as guilty as following these same socialist principles. It doesn't matter what party we have in office, socialism grows, ergo, both parties are socialists.
It is common these days to hear that capitalism has failed. When exactly did it fail? If it failed within the last year it wasn't capitalism. If it failed within the last 20 years it wasn't capitalism. If it failed within the last 50 years it still wasn't capitalism that failed. We haven't had capitalism in this country for well over 100 years. We've had socialism for a long time and it is ever increasing. So if things are getting worse it is not as a result of capitalism, it is the result of socialism. Capitalism hasn't existed for over 100 years in America.
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Let's now explore some of the most admirable people throughout history. We all have heroes that we look up to. There are always people who for certain reasons seem to earn the respect of others. How and why is this? What makes these people worthy of respect and admiration?
While most people's heroes these days are along the lines of Lady Gaga, 50 Cent, Paris Hilton and so on, there are still those more admirable heroes that even the most staunch socialist will have a hard time denying.
People like Michael Jordan, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison are pretty hard to not respect. So what do these people have to say about things like socialism?
I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
Look at that. He didn't get it right his first time. He's experienced failure and being at the bottom. He didn't give up like most people love doing.
I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.
Work? Who wants to work these days? Who does this Michael Jordan think he is? Clearly not a hero... oh wait.
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
Oh look, Abraham Lincoln wasn't particularly fond of running from your hardships. He was a fan of embracing them. Not very socialist sounding to me.
Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance.
Look at that, Einstein was a fan of being educated on topics before bashing them. Are socialists educated on history? Do they know about Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia? Hmmmmm...
Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
Sounds like an approach to life an adult would take. I wonder if socialists are into struggling when they get fired from their job or if they're into struggling when they're trying to support their family. I wonder if they turn to God or the State...
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Here we have Jesus talking about going down the HARD road - going against the crowd. Not very socialist sounding.
Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
It seems like this Edison character was quite the fan of staying BUSY. What do socialists do in their free time?
The republic will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
Who does this Thomas Jefferson think he is? What does he know about government?
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
So you're telling me freedom actually requires work? Now it all is becoming so clear: Socialism = no work. Freedom = hard work.
Now did I simply find the quotes I wanted to so that I could use them in favor of my argument? Maybe, I'll let you be the judge. But after an honest study I think it will be hard to come out and say that ANY of these people were socialists by their actions. We're talking about heroes here. Socialists aren't heroes. They're the opposite of heroes. Do you know any children that are heroes?
So why is socialism so prevalent? We've already hit on this but it's important to reiterate. The main reason socialism is so popular is because people always choose the easy path. Socialism is easy. That's all there is to it. It is the quick fix and the short-term thing to do. It is acting out of ignorance than out of wisdom. And as we've already discovered, the easy, quick path very rarely has much benefit at all.
There is obviously A LOT more to be said about all of these. I am just giving some basics.
So after all this do you really think socialism is the way? Does socialism really align itself with basic principles of living and growth? Or is socialism simply a mob of children chasing after candy and their every appetite? Do we favor adolescence or do we favor maturity? Do we favor instant gratification or do we favor patience? Are we willing to put forth the work required to maintain such freedoms? Perhaps now would be a good time to go back to the principles listed in the beginning of this article and see just how closely we are aligning ourselves to these when we embrace socialism. Are we children or are we adults? It's about time we started acting like adults.
If you made it through this whole article you are most likely not a socialist. After all, it's hard to read an article, especially one this long. Socialists, like children, want the easy road, they always have and they always will. Don't be fooled by the label or package socialism is wrapped up in- when people are striving to act like children and are fearful of becoming adults they have swallowed the pill of socialism.Filed under: Politics / Government, Logic, Socialism, Morality