by Brad Nelson 8/13/13
First and foremost, socialism is a way for people to legally steal from others. Part of human nature is to try to gain any advantage over others that you can. And we humans are not above “polite” thievery. Another word for “spread the wealth” is “pilfer from others.” In order to justify this thievery, and in order to live with ourselves and fend off the reality of what we are doing, we must see ourselves as entitled victims. We must see ourselves as somehow entitled to other people’s property. And the human mind is very clever at coming up with reasons and excuses for why we are not thieves but are instead deserving victims.
As the Left (aka “Progressives,” first cousins to Communists) ramp up their class warfare rhetoric and lay the propaganda on thick, it’s easy enough for people to believe that they are victims. Remember under Bush when unemployment was about 5% and people were nearly hysterical about how horrible the economy supposedly was? That was a perception produced by the constant agitating, lies, and propaganda of the Left. Perception became reality, particularly when there was very little push-back from the other side.
Competition is the lifeblood of prosperity and capitalism. It can bring out the best in all of us. But there’s a side to competition that can bring out the worst. If you can pit class against class, if you can create a lifeboat mentality of paranoia and victimhood, it’s only human nature to try to get your “fair share” too. So the Left (with the help of “compassionate conservatives”) can turn government from a protector of liberty to a free-for-all as we compete to make sure that we get our share of the governmental spoils. That is very much the system and the mindset that we have now.
To the credit of many Tea Party members, as R. Emmett Tyrrell notes in Revolt of the Masses, theirs is not a revolt to hang onto entitlements. There are many in America who have a real concern (finally) for the solvency of society itself. And there should be this concern.
Fear is a useful weapon of any politician, but particularly of the Left. And it’s doubtful that socialism could survive without it. The more put upon that we feel, the more likely we are to trade a little more freedom for security, something Ben Franklin, among others, warned us against.
That is another thing that drives people to socialism. It’s not just misplaced compassion. It’s not just a desire to legally steel from others. If you can get people to feel insecure, they may attempt to buy the supposed safety that politicians have to offer in their various entitlements and programs. It’s an ongoing scam.
Note that the Left is constantly in crisis mode trying to ramp up fear and the perception that we are in dire straights. And if there isn’t a real crisis, they’ll simply invent one. From DDT to the global warming scam (and the global cooling hysteria of a couple decades back), the road is littered with the fear-based schemes of the Left that turned out to be baseless and yet were effective in terms of gaining power via instilling a feeling of an urgent need that Someone must do something!
Another aspect of socialism is that the very success of capitalism and freedom that leads to our very prosperous and secure way of life can lead to “The Princess and the Pea” effect. When things get really comfy, any imperfections tend to stand out even more. We become like a spoiled child or like that pampered princess in the fairy tale who, even through several layers of mattresses, is so distressed by the single pea tucked under the bottom mattress that she can’t sleep. A recent example of this are the wusses at Slate who have stated that they will not print the name of the Washington Redskins football team because they find the name offensive. The Princesses found a pea.
It’s unbecoming of a free people to be such wusses, but there you have it. We often are. And the Left, who are masters of deceitful Orwellian language and manipulation, even have an answer for this. If you ask people to just buck it up and show some fortitude you’re being “cruel” and “insensitive.”
And this goes to the heart of the false compassion of socialism, for as any mother or father of children knows, little Johnny or Susie must eventually make his or her own way in the world. And you can’t protect them from every scrape and bruise as they go forth into that world. In fact, you will likely create a dependent entitlement spoiled-brat monster if you do so.
And we have far too many of those right now in society, the product of socialism and the Left’s trumped-up class warfare agitating. We need to role back socialism and you can be assured that there will be legions of spoiled Johnnies and Susies who will pitch a fit. And that will be a sure sign of progress…if we can resist the demagoguery of the left as they try to characterize any attempt at fiscal sanity as “trying to starve the children and throw grandma into the street.”
Brave men and women before our time have stormed the beaches of Normandy or suffered real physical hardships in the cause of freedom. The least we can do is resist the pitches of the snake oil salesmen of the Left and finally and forever put a stake through the heart of socialism. • (2009 views)