Socialism is rapidly growing in popularity in the U.S. – especially among Millennials and Generation Z Americans.
It’s largely due to:
- Socialist propaganda in schools and in colleges.
- Socialist propaganda in the media.
- Socialist propaganda of politicians enticing people with talk of free college tuition and free health care for all.
A Harris Poll from March 2019 found that nearly half of Millennials and Generation Z Americans said they would prefer to live in a socialist country.
And 70% of millennial respondents said they were either somewhat or extremely likely to vote for a socialist presidential candidate, with 51% of the same generation having a negative view of capitalism.
It gets worse…
In California, exit polls revealed that 53% of Democrats viewed socialism “favorably.” In Texas, the percentage was even higher, with 56% of Democrat voters approving of socialism – 20 percentage points higher than those approving of capitalism.[i]
What is socialism?
The dictionary definition of socialism is that it’s a political theory calling for governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.
What this means is that the government decides what products will be available and how much they will cost.
In a pure socialistic society, there is no private property. Everything is owned “collectively” – which means by the state.
In theory, the goal of socialism is to guarantee equal outcomes for all. No person should have an economic advantage over any other person.
The heart of socialism is coercion – forcing people to behave a certain way and to obey the decrees of the elite government leaders.
It’s about control.
It’s about domination.
It’s about a ruling elite demanding submission to the “state” or government.
Winston Churchill said, “Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.”
- The philosophy of failure because government is never as efficient or as quality-conscious as private enterprise in the production of goods and services.
- The creed of ignorance because socialism ignores basic human nature, assuming that individuals will work just as hard when the results of their labor are turned over to the government rather than when they get to keep the results of their labor.
- The gospel of envy because socialism crushes individual creativity … which stifles innovation … which leads to a lack of variety and choice among products and services … which produces envy for “the good old days” of capitalism.
In summary, socialism is:
- Statism – in which the government controls the economy, your thoughts, your beliefs, and your actions.
- Collectivism – in which the government decides what is best for you.
- Bureaucracy – the answer to all problems: using government regulations and the threat of force to achieve objectives.
- God walking on earth – man’s religion of replacing God with politics and the state – and, actually, suppressing church, faith, and anything that would oppose it. God is the state. Politics is the religion.
Historically, socialism always leads to economic failure, murder and dictatorship.
History is filled with the worst human rights abuses and mass murder of political and religious opponents by the ruling elite – in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR), National Socialist Party (Nazis), Fascism and Communism in Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, China, and more.
Former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov grew up under the Soviet system. In a Facebook post a couple of years ago, he said regarding socialism:
“In practice, it corrodes not only the economy but the human spirit itself, and the ambition and achievement that made modern capitalism possible and brought billions of people out of poverty… Income inequality is a huge problem, absolutely. But the idea that the solution is more government, more regulation, more debt and less risk is dangerously absurd.”
“Talking about socialism in America is a luxury paid for by the successes of capitalism… it became even clearer with the collapse of the USSR that the historical record leaves no doubt: Free markets and free people create prosperity while government control of resources and citizens creates poverty.”[ii]
Freedom is an essential element of the success of any society.
Margaret Thatcher, former British Prime Minister and close friend and ally of President Ronald Reagan, famously said, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.”
If you aren’t familiar with the failures of socialism, you need to become familiar.
If your kids or grandkids are not able to expose the problems of socialism or advocate for freedom and capitalism, they need to become able.
The schools, social media, and many podcasts are largely socialist propaganda mills.
Keep in mind that it’s easy to talk positively about socialism – and lament the evils of capitalism – in places like the U.S., where the basic necessities of life are within easy reach for most people.
Ex-Soviet citizen Garry Kasparov says, “If you want to tell me about the glories of socialism, go say it from a food line in Venezuela, not from Hollywood…”
One way to learn how to expose the lies of socialism is to get my book, The Deep State: 15 Surprising Dangers You Should Know. The last two chapters are on socialism.
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