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What’s Wrong With Socialism??
Today, it is becoming more common to hear people in the US admit that they philosophically believe in socialism, and in fact consider themselves to be a socialist. Then they ask rhetorically, “So what’s wrong with socialism?”, not expecting anyone to disagree with them or provide a meaningful rebutal.
My response is always: “You’ve got to be kidding!”, and then I let them have it, both barrels.
Socialism violates the fundamental rules of morality as expressed in the Ten Commandments, especially the 1st, 5th, 8th, and 10th Commandments. Socialism violates both the written law and the rule of law concerning private property established under the Constitution. Both the Ten Commandments and the Constitution are based on the recognition of the absolute sanctity of the inalienable right of the individual to acquire, possess and accumulate private property through his own efforts of labor and industriousness in business dealings and voluntarily contracted undertakings with other people.
The right of the individual to improve his lot in life through the productive application of his or her own labors and mental effort is the foundation and philosophical bedrock of our Christian-Judeo society. It is the underpinning of our morality and law, and is the difference between growing as a nation of free men versus simply existing as a nation of slaves who exist to serve the “state”.
Socialism is based on the opposite principles regarding private property. Private property exists to serve the “state” in a socialist system. Whatever the state deems necessary and expedient can be claimed and taken from the individual to further the “state’s” objectives. There are no property protections in terms of rights for the individual. People only exist to serve the state. The state may have a theoretical obligation to provide for the welfare of the individual, but rarely does this occur, as the “fruits of production” are doled out to the “governing class” long before it reaches the common individual.
Theft is theft. Taking from one person, by another person, or group of other persons, for that group or its interests, is just organized theft – also known as crime. When the so-called law, allows the gang called “government”, to steal wealth from the People with legal impunity, then the law has lost its moral basis and will destroy more than it preserves in that society. The more organized theft that the law of the land allows, the less productive the society becomes, and the more tyrannical its rules and rulers will be. Taking the wealth, of even just the politically unpopular groups of people, is fundamentally immoral, as it constitutes nothing but theft, and always leads to abuse, rot, corruption within the government and its resulting social deterioration. This of course is the manner in which, and the power upon which, Adolph Hitler rose to power in Nazi Germany, and under this sort of system of legalized theft, that is always an imminent threat, because absolute power ultimately corrupts absolutely those that wield the power.
The 8th Commandment is “Thou shalt not steal”, and while I do not advocate the mixing of religion and government in law, it seems to me that a government removed too far from the fundamental, universal religious moral foundations of its people, like the basic commandments (murder, theft, false witness), and that is literally stealing wealth from the people in the name of tax, is not a legitimate government over those people. Is there anyone in America who really wants to argue that the government, like the Nazis in Germany, should be allowed to STEAL from the People in the name of tax, in violation of this Commandment?
Fortunately, the Constitution of the United States of America forbids it under Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 and Article 1, Section 9, Clause 4, which still work together today to prohibit the direct taxation of the American people by the government, irregardless of the adoption of the 16th Amendment.
To allow the government to steal in the name of tax, from the people it governs, is to extend to the government (in place of God) the power of God to give and take from man. A power that is then ruthlessly exercised at the government’s discretion, rather than under God’s will. So, in adopting “socialism” one replaces in his society and in his life his faith in God, with a blind trust in government, which elevates the government above God within our own lives, which violates the 1st Commandment to us: “I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt have no other God before me.”
In adopting “socialism” as one’s philosophy for social existence and life, one’s parents, in their old age, are left to the “State” to be cared for, rather than to be cared for by their own children. While being relieved of this emotionally and economically draining perceived “burden”, to care for our parents in their old age and senility, may seem appealing at first, in retrospection it plainly and clearly violates the 5th Commandment: “Thou shalt honor thy mother and father”.
Finally, the entire philosophical basis for socialism, its immoral temptation as it were; that each man can and should have what every other man has, violates the 10th Commandment: “Thou shalt not covet”. This of course, is the entire appeal to the common man about socialism, the false belief that the socialist government will (be able to) give him everything that he sees the wealthy today possessing around him. It plays on the human spirit’s inherent natural temptation to covet, desire, and want, that which the others around you already have. But living your lives and running your society strictly based on that covetousness, as socialist societies do, is fundamentally immoral, as that violates the 10th Commandment.
So, what’s wrong with socialism is that it is repugnant to both the Bible and the Constitution because it is immorally based in covetousness, government theft, and the destruction and abolition of the individual’s right to own and acquire private property.
IT WILL RULE YOU, NOT EMPOWER YOU, OR FREE YOU !
(ONLY INTELLIGENT, HARD WORK WILL DO THAT !)
And that’s what’s wrong with socialism!