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Your defacto primer on Socialism

Brought to us by Philmon:

National Socialism was considered "right-wing" because (again, by its close relative just to its left) of it's emphasis on strong, strict, social controls.

But are you really going to try to convince me that the Soviets and the Maoists didn't use strict social control?

I think the globalists kid themselves about how different they really are, and how egalitarian they really are.  The Ruling Class always develops, and it always has special privileges.

I also think the reasons they object to the term "socialist" are 1) bad connotation due to abuses of socialist governments in the 20th century (in other words, it's bad marketing) and 2) they really think that they can do this gradually, without a bloody revolution, and everybody will just be happy once we all see how wonderful it is.  So in other words, no boody revolution, no "Socialism".

But they fail to see ... the reason that we are anti-socialist has little to do with the bloody revolution aspect.  It has to do with the fact that, as a political philosophy for running a state and its economic system, it doesn't work.  And it doesn't "not work" because of the bloodiness of the revolution or the iron-fistedness of the State --- it doesn't work because it rewards sloth and punishes productivity and innovativeness. (And the iron-fistedness of the state becomes necessary because it doesn't work!)

It is inherent in human nature to want to better one's lot in life.  Generally speaking, when bettering one's lot in life while following rules that keep you from confiscating from others -- you better others' lives as well.  You produce.  "Money", in reality, is a representation of production. (A portable proxy, if you will.)  The more you produce as a nation, the wealthier your nation is ... the better you do.  The less incentive to produce, the less will be produced.  The poorer your country will be.

So what you end up with is lower production, and confiscation from the productive to redistribute to the non-productive.

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need."

Sounds great, on the surface, but it ain't human (or animal) nature.  On top of that, who decides what your abilities are, and who decides what someone's needs are?   And if I "need" more because I'm not performing up to my ability ... how does that get resolved?

By force.

That's right.  The state must either force me to work, or force someone else to support me.  If neither really works, then everybody gets poorer.   This will not stop the state from continuing to use force, though, and it will use more and more of it as time goes on in more and more desperate attempts to keep control.  This happens eventually every time.  It is inevitible, because of the nature of what we are, and that is homo sapiens.  It gets bloody one way or the other, because at some point someone's going to rebel against being used.

He's got more.  It's all enlightening.

Crossposted(*).


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Good article, but its also ... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Good article, but its also worth noting that all the failings of capitalism that the leftists like to continuously point out (such as in Micheal Moore lieumentaries) are not failings of capitalism at all, but simply failings of the human condition and they are all equally present in socialist systems as they are in capitalist systems.

In a socialist system those "evil" corporations and wealthy persons are simply replaced with the ruling class. Whether it's "the rich" or "the corporations", or the Natzi Party or the Communist Party, or the Obama Administration the wastful excesses that hurt the many to benefit the few are all there (like Obama spending millions of our dollars to go on "date night", or the retirement and healh insurance plans of congresspersons). Same shit, different actors.

Also the modern America leftists think they are so much better than their Communist and Natzi predecessors simply because they use indoctrination in the schools and disingenuous propaganda disguised as news to deceive their way into power, whereas the old school leftists used military and police power, the ends they achieve are the same. I've got news for our leftist friends: using a different means to achieve the same ends does not make you any better, just a little different.

P. Bunyan - thank you for a... (Below threshold)
MikeNC:

P. Bunyan - thank you for an excellent addendum to an excellent article.

"It only stands to reason t... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

"It only stands to reason that where there's sacrifice, there's someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there's service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master."

-- Ayn Rand

Good article.But t... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Good article.

But this part
"I think the globalists kid themselves about how different they really are, and how egalitarian they really are. "
I don't totally agree with.

The leaders of the New Socialism know good and well that they aren't really different from the Old Socialists. They just think that they are going to be the leaders, with all the perks and power.
The grunts and college kids who believe this utopia are the ones letting themselves be fooled.

"National Socialism was con... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"National Socialism was considered "right-wing" because (again, by its close relative just to its left) of it's emphasis on strong, strict, social controls."-philmon

Stop the Stupid, please.

National Socialism was considered "right-wing" because it hearkened BACK to a mythological Teutonic golden age based on blood and soil and mysticism, and was a REACTION against liberalism and Bolshevism.

Italian Fascism hearkened back to the Roman Empire and was a reaction against liberalism and Bolshevism.

The newly reconstituted Vatican state (which Mussolini co-founded by Lateran Treaty) hearkened back to a universal Catholic (worldwide) Mother Church and saw in the fascist states a device for resumption of ancient Holy Crusade against the Slavs, thus capturing Communism and the rival Orthodox Church.

All three were in league by treaty and by choice. They were all most un-progressive, to use Glenn Beck's patois.

"National Socialism... was ... (Below threshold)
boqueronman:

"National Socialism... was a REACTION against liberalism and Bolshevism." Well, yeah. But in the post WWI period the first was a self-evident failure as a model for governance. Socialism, on the other, was a theoretically workable blueprint, but Mussolini and then Hitler both saw that it could not be sold as is. Some tweaking was required to tone down the class warfare angle and build up the social unity of "we need to return to our glorious roots" and "our troubles are caused by the outsider." It was really a change of marketing strategy but the overall objective of totalitarian control was still the cornerstone of the enterprise.




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