THE COMMENTARY GAZETTE
First let us look at the meanings of the word Socialism (a political system of communal ownership: 1. a political theory or system in which the means of production and distribution are controlled by the people and operated according to equity and fairness rather than market principles: 2. A political movement based on principles of socialism, typically advocating an end to private property and to the exploitation of workers 3. in Marxist theory, the stage after the proletarian revolution when a society is changing from capitalism to communism, marked by pay distributed according to work done rather than need: Encarta Dictionary) and with that said, how you would like working on a state run farm?
The Russians tried it for 70 years, that didn’t last and cost millions of people their lives. The Chinese still claim to be a socialist state and again after millions of deaths in the early years, woke up to the fact that a “Market” based economy was the only way to prosper. The North Koreans are still one of the last hard core examples of this ideology and we see how well that is working. The turmoil in South America is the result of failed socialist governments, and that is still a true dilemma.
The only true result of socialist state that can be perceived is “Totalitarian Rule” or simply “a dictatorship” and a disregard of the wellbeing or lives of their own citizens. Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Kim all names of the despots that professed the socialist idea.
Do not confuse this idea with that of “raising the people up their drudgery” concept, because it evidently works in the opposite. Socialism has shown that it destroys the nation’s economy, reduces the working class in to virtual slavery and only benefits the so called “elite” (umm, there’s that word again). Government by the people, for the people ceases to be. No longer the ability to express your thoughts through protest (see any of those in China or No. Korea?), sorry NFL you WILL stand or(fill in the blank).
Stalin and Mao are said to have purged millions of the population in order to reduce the need for services allowing greater ability to manage the nation more efficiently. The South Americans are literally starving to death at present due to the fact their government is unable or unwilling to provide a workable solution. Yet again another purge. No. Korean, Kim seems a bit over weight as the world watches and is badgered into a sense of sympathy for the plight of his people. And yet he seems unconcerned.
To me the hallmark signs of socialist or religious dictatorships are (1) huge pictures plastered across the nation of the supreme leader (really want to look at Bernie Sanders that much): I must point out at this point, that this is common practice to ALL dictators, the need to be worshiped, might notice IRAN here. (2) The economies are failing, (3) the Military and police forces and budgets are out of proportion to the need (4) and they always need a great enemy to combat in order to focus their population’s attention away from anything internal. There are more but the list is too long for me to categorize here.
I once started to do apiece on this very topic after watching a Bernie Sanders interview a few months ago, but decided not to thinking he’s only a voice in the wilderness, and now there are two (NY Primary). So here I am sitting down and typing, with visions of other voices in the wilderness in their time, Hitler, Mussolini, Lenin, Stalin, Mao. WE the people isn’t just words on a scroll, it also is an idea, one that we should take very seriously. Listen to what they say, watch what they really do, and think about it.
Thank you for taking the time to read this
CONTRIBUTOR: Eddy Torrall