Essay #7: A Short One Today: Socialism SHOULD Be the Most Important Gift The Past Gives to the Future.
What GIFT could we possibly say that an ideology that contributed to the murder of more than 140 million people has given us today? Answer: KNOWLEDGE. Really, really important knowledge. And understanding. Really, really important understanding.
Socialism has taught us, if we’re willing to learn the lesson, that Big Government is always ugly. Always really bad. Always evil.
Examine Socialism a bit, and you find out something really interesting: ALL its supposed goals have long ago been achieved in history.
Many times over. Equality? SERFDOM was all about equality. If you were a serf, you were just about exactly equal to all others of your VERY large class. And, as in Socialism, a tiny élite ruled over them all.
How about getting rid of all that nasty private property as Socialists so desire? Well, again, look to serfdom. Or slavery. The serfs worked the lord’s lands at the pleasure of the lord, who could kick them off his land whenever he wanted. Who was this lord? Easy answer: he was the serfs’ GOVERNMENT.
Serfdom is the very picture of Socialism, fully realized. You know that old expression: “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take away everything you have.”
A Socialist government is a government that has ALREADY taken everything you have. It then says, “Oh, we’re taking it all in the name of the people.” And, “It’s really THE PEOPLE who own everything. It’s collective ownership.”
When was the last time YOU felt that YOU “owned” the local park? The local school? The town hall? How about the town forest? You know, the one with the sign on it that says “Keep Out After Dark”… that town forest.
You paid for ’em all, after all. Do you REALLY have the feeling that you own them? That you control them in ANY way whatsoever?
Do you think that you own the NATIONAL parks? You pay for them too. Do you think you can just waltz on in there whenever you want and camp out, or walk around, or hunt, or farm? Yet, the government — the lord — looks you right in the eye and claims that you own it all. Jokes’s on you, I guess! And me. And the ACTUAL people. You know, the ones the Socialists are always claiming to do things in the name of? The REAL people. You and me.
Yes, Socialism should be the gift that the past gives to the present and the future. The gift of the knowledge that we should never, ever, not ever allow Socialism to infect America. It’s the gift that, if we were smart, we’d use to laugh half-wits like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez right off the public stage.