I've been blogging here for close to ten years. One of my major quests on this blog has been to show the readers what Socialism is, what it does, and how it got that way. I think I've just found the best, most concise explanation of Socialism ever. I didn't write it, and it needs editing, but it IS readable, so I will present it here after only changing the font to better suit my blog (it was originally Verdanna Bold 14-pt).
Without further ado, from this URL:
Most of us believe socialism is what the socialists want us to believe it is-a share-the-wealth program. That is the theory. But is that how it works? Let us examine the only Socialist countries-according to the Socialist definition of the word-extant in the world today. These are the Communist countries. The Communists themselves refer to these as Socialist countries, as in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Here in the reality of socialism you have a tiny oligarchial clique at the top, usually numbering no more than three percent of the total population, controlling the total wealth, total production and the very lives of the other ninety-seven percent cent...
If one understands that socialism is not a share-the-wealth program, but is in reality a method to consolidate and control the wealth, then the seeming paradox of superrich men promoting socialism becomes no paradox at all. Instead it becomes the logical, even the perfect tool of power-seeking megalomaniacs. Communism, or more accurately, socialism, is not a movement of the downtrodden masses, but of the economic elite.
If you wanted to control the nation's manufacturing, commerce, finance, transportation and natural resources, you would need only to control the apex, the power pinnacle, of an all-powerful socialist government. Then you would have a monopoly and could squeeze out all your competitors. If you wanted a national monopoly, you must control a national socialist government. If you want - a worldwide monopoly, you must control a world socialist government. That is what the game is all about. "Communism" is not a movement of the downtrodden masses but is a movement created, manipulated and used by power-seeking billionaires in order to gain control over the world . . . first by establishing socialist governments in the various nations and then consolidating them all through a "Great Merger," into an all-powerful world, socialist super-state ..."
Note that his example is best considered in the light of history, and in the light of the two most recent failed Socialist attempts, the USSR and Nazi Germany I hope by now that you all understand that Hitler led a socialist state, not a right-wing fascist state as the Left would alter history and have you believe.
Now put it together. What did both of those States do to get started and how did they wind up failing?
Both States took over from weak governments. The USSR was formed out of the failed Czarist monarchy, and Hitler sprang up from the Weimar Republic which failed due to losing WW1, having to pay reparations, and the world's Great Depression. In both cases, the putative dictators paid lip service to the downtrodden masses, with Hitler doing the better job of that. Hitler, between his release from imprisonment and seizing of absolute power, was the perfect "community organizer", setting up soup kitchens to feed the starving masses, putting clothes on the masses' backs (uniforms, but the ensembles kept them warm and gave them the required sense of identity), and controlling the worst of the street terror (anarcho-bolshevism) which had arisen with the decline of the Weimar Republic.
Then Hitler and his counterparts in the USSR disarmed their citizens. This disarmament was actually the most important step, because it precluded the citizens from changing their minds later and tossing out the Socialists.
Skipping over the obvious mechanisms of failure, in both cases, the USA, we find that the US Military ended Hitler's dreams, and the US Dollar ended the Soviets' dreams.
If you are a Socialist trying to conquer US individualism and turn the nation into the next "great" Socialist empire, how do you proceed?
You proceed as in above:
- Disarm the citizens.
- Control the press.
- Throw free shit at those whom you've convinced that earning their way in life is not required.
- Constrict commerce to only those avenues of trade that the Government can control.
- Do it all in the name of the downtrodden masses.
There it is, in a nutshell.
What is the one thing that is currently stopping the wannabe Socialists?
Our guns. In our safes. The Socialist Dream simply cannot proceed while we have the guns.