Democrats/Socialists vs. Free Market Capitalists


Bottom line: The big difference is in the general outlook: A Democrat/Socialist sees misery, and believes that things are good, and fair, and just only when everyone is miserable. A Free-market Capitalist believes that things are good, and fair, and just only when no one is miserable.

The Democrat/Socialist scolds, harangues, browbeats, accuses, extorts the country into making everyone miserable, and calls that “justice,” while the free-market capitalist works to remove obstacles to people’s success and calls that “freedom.”

The two visions are in open warfare in America, and the “Make Everyone Miserable” vision is winning.

The worst part of that is that America is the last stronghold in the world of the “Remove Obstacles to Success” vision, the only vision that makes people actually free.(1)


Background: The American Democrat Party and, say, European Socialists — are largely the same. There’s really no reason to go on calling it the Democrat party anymore. It is, and now overtly, the American Socialist Party.

Yes, there already is an American Socialist Party, but there’s no reason for its continued existence. After all, the Democrat Party allowed the Bernie Sanders zombie hordes in this election cycle. Does anyone think those brain-dead morons will leave now that they have their rotting feet in the door?

Therefore, it makes sense to take some stock now. Where do we stand? What are the competing intellectual/political tendencies in America today? We’ll keep this essay to the two arguments out there that are the most prominent: (1) the statist, government power-concentrating vision of America’s Democrat/Socialist Party, and (2) the decentralizing, reduced government vision of Free-market Capitalists (and of Conservatives and most Republicans.)

This is a high-level comparison, so we’ll stick to high-level vision comparisons.

Let’s begin with:

Socialists and American Democrats:

  1. See that some are miserable and some are not and say, “That’s not fair. Everyone needs to share in the misery. Then it’ll be fair.”
  2. See that some have money and possessions, while others do not and say, “That’s not fair. Everyone should be without money and possessions. Then it’ll be fair.”
  3. See that some have political power, while others do not and say, “That’s not fair. No one should have power, except us, and then we’ll say that everyone has power. Then it’ll be fair.”
  4. Believe that the only real corruption is: that which stands in the way of their obtaining and retaining power. There’s no other corruption that one needs to worry about.
  5. Believe further: the greatest evil is only: that which stands in the way of their obtaining and retaining power. If it’s a foreign power doing that, then they will oppose them, but only for that one reason. However, if it’s some kind of domestic threat to their power, Democrats/Socialists will squash it mercilessly.
  6. Care not at all about freedom. Freedom of anything. Look at the Bill of Rights. Those famous freedoms — of speech, assembly, press, worship — are all disposable, if any of them allow people to stand in the Democrats’/Socialists’ path to power.

About #1, above: Look at history. Every policy of the left — every one, without exception — has as its unsubtly expressed goal: propping up the miserable in their miserable condition, so that they can continue as they are in life, but not be as miserable. No policy of the left has ever been designed to help the miserable become … not miserable.

About #2, above: Same thing. Every policy of the left has as its unsubtly expressed goal: propping up the poor in their poverty, so that it’s not so miserable to be poor. No policy of the left has ever been designed to help the poor become … not poor.

About #3, above: Still the same. In order to ensure that the Democrat/Socialist vision becomes the law of the land, they — the Democrats/Socialists need to have political power. For everyone else’s own good, of course. Democrats/Socialists are relentless, mindless, unthinking, unreasoning concentrators of power. They’re like tapeworms. They feed on their host, gorging themselves on the host’s vital functions and organs, until they kill it, not caring — because their reasoning isn’t sufficiently advanced — that their efforts will kill them too.

About #4, above: How else would the Democrats brush off the vast, unbridled, visible, unsubtle criminality and corruption of the Clinton machine, the Obama Administration, the entire party apparatus, the DNC, the IRS — the list is long — without a pervasive conviction that the ends fully justify the means?

About #5, above: Same comment as for #4. Look at the places where Socialism has been allowed free rein to transform a society in the rulers’ vision. Result: more than 120 million murdered in the last century alone. The greatest single cause of death besides time. Socialists thrive in bad times; times of uncertainty when the people are looking for something big and solid on which they can depend to help them ride out the bad times. This is when, in a misplaced impulse, they often turn to the Democrats/Socialists.

About #6, above: Again, look at where Socialism has been in place, fully in charge. The Soviet Union. Nazi Germany, Mao’s China and today’s China. North Korea. Cuba. Venezuela. Post World War II Eastern Europe. Vietnam. All the basic freedoms you and I take for granted were abolished in those place. Some of those places remain places where you speak out only at great peril. Oh, and it’s the same in American universities, which are the most powerful bastions of Socialist thought in America today.


Now, let’s take a look at:

Free Market Capitalists:

  1. See that some are miserable and some are not, and look for ways to increase economic dynamism, to increase their customer base. They understand that their growth is completely dependent on the growth of those around them.
  2. See that some have money and possessions, while others do not and worry about how to increase economic dynamism in order to increase sales of their own products and services.
  3. See that some have power, while others do not, and says, “Yep. That’s a good thing.”
  4. Believe that corruption is corruption is corruption, and that it’s a really bad thing.
  5. Believe that there are many evils in the world, and that they must all be resisted.
  6. Believe in all the basic freedoms.

About #1, above: A free-market capitalist hates misery. Misery stems from uncertainty, which makes people close their wallets, hunker down and try to ride things out.

About #2, above: Read this well: They have no choice. If their market goes poor, they’re out of business. No one hopes, prays, works harder for prosperity for all than a free market capitalist.

About #3, above:  The free-market capitalists understands certain things very well. One of those things is: As long as people have purchasing power, and land, then they actually have real power. If the government moves to take those things away from the people, then they, the capitalists, are doomed. A genuine free-market capitalist recognizes what real power is, and works ceaselessly to ensure that there is plenty of that real power in the hands of the people. After all, that’s his market. If the people are stripped of land and money, then he’s … out of business.

About #4, above: The free-market capitalist understands well that corruption distorts what should be a wide-open and loudly transparent relationship between the government and the governed. It injects uncertainty where there shouldn’t be any, because it falsifies the results of elections, transactions and all manner of human interaction, making it much more difficult to understand what the market wants, and to supply that good or service.

About #5, above: Again, the free-market capitalist understands quite well that anything that threatens the health, freedom, well-being and general prosperity of the people is really bad for him. He views those menaces as evils. Capitalists work ceaselessly for: stability, openness, general prosperity. A capitalist thrives best in good times; times when everyone’s lot is improving. He does whatever he can to help bring about times like that.

About #6, above: A free market — or, real economic freedom — is impossible without the other basic social freedoms: speech, assembly, press, worship. The free-market capitalist understands this well, and works tirelessly for your freedoms. Because your freedoms represent his possibilities for advancement in every aspect of his life. If you’re restricted in your speech, then so is he. If you‘re restricted in your ability peaceably to assemble, then so is he. If you’re restricted in your ability to worship, then so is he. If you, and he, can’t do any of those things, then you, and he, also can’t advance economically. Every free-market capitalist wants to be able to advance economically.

Bottom line: The big difference is in the general outlook: A Democrat/Socialist sees misery and believes that things are good, and fair, and just only when everyone is miserable, while a Free-market Capitalist believes that things are good, and fair, and just only when no one is miserable.

The Democrat/Socialist scolds, harangues, browbeats, accuses, extorts the country into making everyone miserable, and calls that “justice,” while the free-market capitalist works to remove obstacles to people’s success and calls that “freedom.”

The two visions are in open warfare in America, and the “Make Everyone Miserable” vision is winning. The worst part of that is that America is the last stronghold in the world of the “Remove Obstacles to Success” vision, the only vision that makes people actually free.

We’ve said it in these pages before: if America falls to the disease of Socialism, then what other country in the world will be able to spread freedom? It’s not as if you’ll just be able to go somewhere else and speak your mind, worship as you please, get together with anyone you want to, write what you want in a book or newspaper.

— xPraetorius

Notes:


(1) Free in a socio-political-economic sense. This essay discusses things at the socio-political-economic level, not the metaphysical or theological. I believe that that Jesus Christ offers real freedom to all, under any and all circumstances.

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