A Critical Examination of Socialism

CriticalExamSocialismSuggested by Kung Fu Zu • Mallock offers a complete repudiation of socialism and lays out the various politcal, economic and moral arguments made for socialism and refutes each in detail. He demonstrates “scientific socialism” is anything but that.
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4 Responses to A Critical Examination of Socialism

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I note that the Kindle version of this book is free. You can’t beat the price.

  2. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    I believe it is necessary to remind ourselves that the war against progressives of any type has been going on for over two centuries. What inspires a person to take up arms against progressive barbarians can vary, but I like the following observation from Kirk which includes something Mallock wrote which is as pertinent today as it was when he wrote it over one hundred years ago.

    In boyhood, Mallock “unconsciously assumed in effect, if not in so many words, that any revolt or protest against the established order was indeed an impertinence, but was otherwise of no great importance.” His first aspiration as a conservative was the restoration of classical taste in poetry. But as he grew, he came to realize “that the whole order of things—literary, religious, and social – which the classical poetry assumed, and which I had previously taken as impregnable, was being assailed by forces which it was impossible any longer to ignore.” He turned to the defense of orthodox religion against the positivists and other worshippers of skeptical science.

    Today as then, progressives are out to destroy our culture as they know it is what grounds us in reality and without it the West would be lost.

    Progressives must be fought for every inch of ground they try to take from us. To quote Winston Churchill, we must “never give in, never give in, never give in.”

    Mallock’s book is one more weapon in our armory against the Left. In the coming days and weeks, I will try to distill its contents into a type of short hand which will be available to those who do not have the time or inclination to read the complete work.

  3. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    I believe the best way to review this book is to let the author speak for himself. For the most part, I will use Mallock’s own words by quoting him verbatim. I will add my own comments as the spirit moves me.

    Chapter I

    Utopian dreams are nothing new. Mallock writes,

    “The rights of the many as opposed to the actual position of the few-a society in which all should be equal, not only in political status, but also in social circumstances; ideas such as these are as old as the days of Plato, and they have, from time to time in the ancient and modern world, resulted in isolated and abortive attempts to realize them. In Europe such ideas were rife during the sixty or seventy years which followed the great political revolution in France. Schemes of society were formulated which were to carry this revolution further, and concentrate effort on industrial rather than political change. Pictures were presented to the imagination, and the world was invited to realize them, of societies in which all were workers on equal terms, and groups of fraternal citizens, separated no longer by the egoisms of the private home, dwelt together in palaces call “phalansteries,” which appear to have been imaginary anticipations of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel….These pictures, however, agreeable as they were to the fancy, failed to produce any great effect on the multitudes; for the multitudes felt instinctively that they were too good to be true.”

    Mallock goes on to say write that socialism during this period was a,

    “dream , but it was not a science; and in a world which was rapidly coming to look upon science as supreme, nothing could convince men generally-not even the most ignorant-which had not, or was not supposed to have, the authority of science at the back of it.”

    Mallock’s point about science becoming “supreme” shows how even before the beginning of the last century, science had become something of a religion for the West. Thus the lack of scientific structure whereby one could “prove” the validity of socialism was a distinct failing of the many socialists and their arguments for heaven on earth.

    This problem was addressed and solved by Karl Marx.

    “He provided the unorganized aspirations, which by this time were known as socialism, with a formula which was at once, definite, intelligible, and comprehensive, and had all the air of being rigidly scientific also. By this means thoughts and feelings, previously vague and fluid, like salts held in solutions, were crystallised into a clear-cut theory which was absolutely the same for all; which all who accepted it could accept with the same intellectual confidence; and which thus became a moral and mental nucleus around which the efforts and hopes of a coherent party could group themselves.”

    Marx did this with his book “Capital”, which is something like the Bible of “scientific socialism.” “Das Kapital” gave the amorphous utopian urges of dreamers and cranks a seeming legitimacy they had never had. This being the case, anyone who wishes to confront socialism must first confront Marx. For this reason, Mallock goes into some detail about Marx’s theory and early socialists, in chapter II.

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