The old European secular philosophy is the reflection of a hope in a fantasy world.
Marxists used socialist slogans, such as “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” The Soviet Socialist Union lasted but a whiff in time in spite of their great universities, KGB (secret police), a worldwide propaganda machine and military aggression (1917-91).
Liberals in present-day America justify socialism by saying that we are a wealthy nation. Some in America, who budget wisely and have a good income, do have wealth, but the truth is that the American government is broke. Soviets not only funded their government by an excessive tax on the Russian people, but they also extracted a tax from over a dozen captive countries–and they still went broke.
Liberal politicians create a supportive voting block by promising them wealth redistribution. This comes by stealing from Americans (excessive tax), stealing from future generations (debt obligation) and the added tax of interest on the debt. When government officials are allowed to continue imposing high taxes, the incentive of the people to work hard and save is greatly diminished and the base for taxation is gradually destroyed. Also, the ability of the people to support churches and to assist the poor is greatly diminished. The national debt is over 22 trillion dollars and rising by the minute. The revenue left after funding excessive government is not enough to pay the interest, so the shortage must be added to the principal indebtedness.
Monopoly unions are also used by the champions of old European philosophy to consolidate political power. When legislators succumbed to handouts from leftist National Education Association unions, laws began to turn against traditional American law and citizen self-government. The nonpartisan Iowa Family Policy Center Newsletter, March, 2008, reports that “Iowa Democrats have accepted $440,000 from out-of-state homosexual activists, with $170,000 going directly to Democrat legislators facing hotly contested races [Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure].” Seeing the involvement of at least $40 million nationwide in 2008, we understand that the financial and political influence of NEA leftists is immense (Education Reporter, #272, Eagle Forum, St. Louis, MO).
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery (Winston Churchill).
~ David Norris