Essay #8: Another Short One for Today: Socialism is the Neutron Bomb of Political Ideologies.
Socialism is the neutron bomb of political ideologies: it kills people, while leaving buildings and structures intact.
For a very long time, I’ve been saying that the three big “isms,” — Communism, Fascism, Socialism — are all just different names for the same wretched thing. The brilliant observer of the world around us, Kevin D. Williamson, has also said the same thing, here:
Here’s a quote from an Amazon review of the great Williamson’s book: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism:
“In The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to Socialism, Kevin Williamson reveals the fatal flaw of socialism—that efficient, complex economies simply can’t be centrally planned. But even in America, that hasn’t stopped politicians and bureaucrats from planning, to various extents, the most vital sectors of our economy: public education, energy, and the most arrogant central–planning effort of them all, Obama’s healthcare plan. In this provocative book, Williamson unfolds the grim history of socialism, showing how the ideology has spawned crushing poverty, devastating famines, and horrific wars. Lumbering from one crisis to the next, leaving a trail of economic devastation and environmental catastrophe, socialism has wreaked more havoc, caused more deaths, and impoverished more people than any other ideology in history—especially when you include the victims of fascism, which Williamson notes is simply a variant of socialism.”
Nicely said by that reviewer!
I’ve also said this: the source of oppression throughout the history of the world has been… government. Why on earth would anyone ever think of expanding government, or of giving it more power?!?
No sane person ever would. Socialists would. They have. It’s been a humanitarian catastrophe every time.