Socialism in America

I know some may bristle when I say that I believe socialism is in America’s current political system, but there are reasons for me believing so.

When the government can directly confiscate an arbitrary portion of my earnings (via the income tax), that’s socialism.

When the government has arbitrary authority to regulate all aspects of my life (what I eat, the car I drive, the clothing I wear, the place I work, ad infinitum), with unelected bureaucrats doing most of the decision-making, that’s socialism.

When the government makes it nearly compulsory to get a Social Security Number and then “contribute,” whether you like it or not, to this retirement program every time you get paid, that’s socialism.

When the government discourages wealth creation by punishing the wealthy for being wealthy (i.e. higher income tax bracket), that’s socialism.

When a huge percentage of the populus receives money from the government without paying any, that’s socialism.

When the government forces me to be charitable by deducting money from my paycheck for medicaid and medicare, that’s socialism.

There are opposites to all of these: a respect for private property rights, including the fruit’s of one’s labors, should be primary.  Freedom, in other words, and liberty, should be the principles upon which our government is based.  Charity becomes a private matter, between individuals and God.  Economizing and exchange should be minimally regulated, if at all.  

The opposites:

When the government allows me to keep all of my paycheck (the fruits of my labors), that is freedom.

When the government regulates itself heavily and only intervenes in the lives of its citizens as specified in the Constitution, that is freedom.

When the government allows me to withdraw from contributing to (or benefiting from) Social Security, that is freedom.

When the government encourages the wealthy to keep their wealth and save or invest it in as they see fit, that is freedom.

When taxation is minimal, funds only those Constitutionally-authorized government functions, and never singles out any class or group of people unequally, that is freedom.

When the government encourages private donations and contributions by not creating and supporting a dependent underclass, that is freedom.

Notice the Republicans are doing nearly nothing to counter the major socialist influences in America.  We need a freedom party, a Constitution Party, a Libertarian Party, and a Campaign for Liberty.

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2 responses to “Socialism in America

  1. Amen!!! I don’t think that most people now alive think along these lines at all, though – “mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable…” and the public education system (glorifying the “achievements” of the socialist parts of our history, demonizing capitalism, and devaluing the individual) has done a great job “teaching” most citizens of voting age nowadays. However, I am seeing more people getting involved, and in doing so, they’re opening their ears, minds, and mouths enough that we can have a real conversation, and it’s GREAT!

    Maybe this “hope and change” is a manifestation of a deeper dissatisfaction, and Obama just benefited from a lucky (for him) coincidence – many people seem to actually feel more empowered, so perhaps now it’s just a matter of turning that from “empowered to force my neighbor to pay X or give me Y” to “empowered to make my own life better.”

  2. mormonpaleo

    Thanks for the post, brother. If you haven’t already read it, I would also recommend reading a recent article by Robert Higgs about where our country is headed. His conclusion is an interesting one:

    So, here we stand, having come close enough to communism for government work. It is a mistake, however, to call it communism or socialism, because a major part of its genius is its preservation of the form of private property rights, even as the substance of such rights is progressively gutted. Properly speaking, our system is, and long has been, economic fascism.

    @kannie

    Thanks for your comments. Your observation about hope and change from the recent election is a correct one. Ron Paul recently wrote:

    There’s no doubt that a large majority of Americans believe we’re on the wrong track. That’s why the candidate demanding “change” won the election. It mattered not that the change offered was no change at all, only a change in the engineer of a runaway train.

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