Backwards to Socialism

SocialismThumbby Brad Nelson
It is surely deep in our human nature to either want to lead or to follow. From history (particularly the last century) we can see the strong and ultimately tyrannical drive by some to remake society in their image, to substitute people’s individual destinies for their own.  And because being your own person perhaps has never been such an easy thing, many are more than willing to accept their role as follower.

Given these realities, it’s no mystery why much of the history of mankind was about a society divided into rulers and serfs, kings and subjects, Popes and sinners, chieftains and tribal members. America is an anomaly in the long history of the world. It was founded to be a society that would self-consciously break with the idea the most people must be subservient and be ruled by their betters and that, by contrast, there were people born to be our betters. And America is an anomaly because it was formed not to advance any single religion, race, or nationality, but to advance individual human freedom and the ability for all of us to seek our own destinies.

Socialism is the exact opposite. It’s forgoing the search for one’s destiny and finding safety within somebody else’s prefabbed tribe or pattern. And that’s fine for sheep, but not Americans. Or at least that’s how it used to be.

One place where the wussification of the human male intersects with the further spread of socialism is that, as Jonah Goldberg points out in “Liberal Fascism,” the socialist state we’re more and more becoming is a nanny-oriented authoritarian type of state. (Aka “friendly fascism.”) It’s not gulags but the hug of a thousand mothering regulations that all amount to “don’t run with scissors” in various ways. The nanny socialist state means to mother us to death. Nancy Pelosi and her ilk (including all those who absolutely swear that they don’t believe in religion) are ushering in a new secular Mother Church and many are quite happy to be parishioners.

The socialization of America definitely has a female tilt to it. And this mothering by the state will do what any extended mothering will do….keep us somewhat in a perpetual state of childhood. That’s the female aspect — and the bullying, authoritarian aspect as well. It’s somewhat opposite to the masculine-socialism which, as it did in Nazi Germany, was the stern father. Instead of keeping people in perpetual childhood, you had the Hitler Youth were young boys were made soldiers way before their time. But in either case, it shows the authoritarian instincts of socialists. There will always be those who wish to imprint on society their particular vision…and damn what individual people may want.

The America of freedom is not technically liberal or conservative, or even Democrat or Republican. It’s about either hitching your sails to freedom and the free market and understanding that life is a product of one’s own energy and will, or it’s about trying to game the system (and others) by playing the victim and expecting life to put a silver spoon into your mouth. The former is a system that has brought us enormous freedom, dynamism, and wealth. The latter will only ever bring us degradation and disintegration.

The last century alone is littered with the ashes of failed socialist schemes, and even now socialist countries (such as Greece) are beginning to come apart at the seams, bloated and weighed down as they are by a societal vibe that honors victimhood and the plundering of wealth, not hard work and the creation of that wealth.

But it’s certainly possible to go on believing that every hardship we face is something that can be smoothed over by taxing “the rich” and creating some new state agency. When things blow up, don’t say I didn’t tell you so. I told you so. • (595 views)

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I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.
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