Socialism is a system of social organization that rejects the fact that goods are the fruits of the people’s labor. The ownership of the means of producing goods provided by the people is claimed by secular authoritarians. They then use the power of government for laws to control the distribution of goods. The fact remains that it is the freedom of the people to choose and buy goods made useful by others that gives direction for a healthy economy (supply and demand).
The following was written in 1916 by the Rev. William J. H. Boetcker, a Presbyterian clergyman and influential spokesman for American values:
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they will not do for themselves.
Winston Churchill stated: “Socialism is inseparably interwoven with totalitarianism and the object worship of the state.” He also said, “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
According to Alexis de Tocqueville in 1848: “Democracy [democratic republic] extends the sphere of individual freedom; socialism restricts it. Democracy [democratic republic] attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. [The two] have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”
The old European secular philosophy is a reflection of the hope in a fantasy world. Both the Webster and Random House dictionaries identify socialism as a “Marxist theory.” 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. 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, the base for taxation is gradually destroyed, and inflation diminishes the purchasing power of the dollar. Also, the ability of the people to support churches and missionaries and to assist the poor is greatly diminished. At the time of this writing, the national debt is 22 trillion dollars and growing. The revenue left after funding excessive government is not enough to pay the interest, so the shortage must be added to the principal indebtedness.
~ D. Norris