Patterns Familiar and Unfamiliar – Socialism in America

When I was in grade school, my teachers showed us a graph that depicted the political spectrum. From left to right, the spectrum went like this: Communist/Socialist, Liberal, Moderate, Conservative, Fascist. It’s amazing how in the 1970s, the propaganda machine had already started influencing and corrupting young minds to completely misunderstand the true nature of these terms and how they apply to political philosophies.

Textbook Definitions of These Terms:

Communism/Socialism: A socioeconomic system that espouses common ownership of industry and the absence of classes and money. It is brought about by abolishing capitalist property and economic relations and establishing social (i.e. public, collective) ownership and management of society’s political, economic, and cultural institutions. In accordance with the socialized processes of production, appropriation also becomes socialized as goods and services become consumed on a social basis with free access for the individual. On distribution of output, there are two principles: “to each according to his contribution” and “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” Communism becomes fully realized when the distinction between classes is no longer possible and therefore the state, which has been used as an instrument of class dictatorship, no longer exists.

Liberalism: A political philosophy or worldview founded on ideas of liberty and equality. Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but generally they support ideas such as free and fair elections, civil rights, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, free trade, and private property.

Conservatism: A political and social philosophy that promotes retaining traditional social institutions. Some conservatives seek to preserve things as they are, emphasizing stability and continuity, while others, called reactionaries, oppose modernism and seek a return to “the way things were.”. According to Quintin Hogg, the chairman of the British Conservative Party in 1959, “Conservatism is not so much a philosophy as an attitude, a constant force, performing a timeless function in the development of a free society, and corresponding to a deep and permanent requirement of human nature itself.”

Fascism: A form of radical authoritarian nationalism that originated in Italy during World War I. It combines more typically right-wing positions with elements of left-wing politics, in opposition to liberalism, Marxism, and traditional conservatism. Fascists seek to unify their nation through an authoritarian state that promoted the mass mobilization of the national community and were characterized by having leadership that initiated a revolutionary political movement aiming to reorganize the nation along principles according to fascist ideology. Fascist movements shared certain common features, including the veneration of the state, a devotion to a strong leader, and an emphasis on ultra-nationalism and militarism. Fascism views political violence, war, and imperialism as a means to achieve national rejuvenation, and it asserts that stronger nations have the right to expand their territory by displacing weaker nations.

The Truth Concerning These Terms:

Communism/Socialism: Communism and Socialism, as they have been implemented around the world, are a form of nationalism where the state is supreme and owns all aspects of production, consumption, and choice, defining a rigid set of rules for society instead of allowing citizens to make their own choices. The system claims that the people own everything, but, in fact, it is the state that owns everything. The system gives the appearance that it is the people who control the state, but it is actually a ruling elite that controls the state and therefore the people. To-date, communism has never progressed past the absolute dictatorship phase of its evolution to reach the point where the state no longer exists because the true motivation of those individuals who have attempted to implement communism is the acquisition of power for themselves, not for the people.

Liberalism: While liberalism claims to be about freedom, the actions of political liberals in the USA over past few decades show a sharp contradiction between philosophy and demonstration. Liberals continue to attempt to erode the personal freedoms of the individual through repeated attempts to curtail free speech (the right to disagree, political correctness, etc.), private gun ownership, and private ownership of business and land (federal takeover of private land and state land is at an all-time high). In areas where liberals control the local governments, crime has risen substantially, businesses have suffered, unemployment has risen, and corruption is rampant throughout the administrations of those governments. This creates a situation where more and more people must become dependent on the state, as opposed to the state ensuring the equal opportunity of its citizens to stand on their own without government assistance. Liberalism has two keep philosophies: create equality by reducing al citizens to the lowest common denominator where no one can achieve more than anyone else; and create a large, all-powerful government that cares and feeds the people, rather than helping the people care and feed themselves.

Conservatism: While pundits accuse conservatism in the USA of being a racist, class-conscious machine where the individual has no power, the truth is exactly the opposite. Conservatism has two key philosophies: keep government small so that it does not encroach on the rights of the individual; and remove obstacles so that each individual can achieve their full potential without interference, regardless of what that full potential is. Conservatism attempts to force government to enforce the laws of the land and to stop encroaching in areas where government has not been granted authority by the people. Conservatism attempts to create a system where people do not need government assistance and where the government helps businesses thrive, keeping employment high.

Fascism: While Fascism may be labeled as a far right political philosophy, it is, in fact, a far-left philosophy that has been used repeatedly to implement Communism/Socialism over the objections of the people. The implementation of fascism can be seen clearly in the formation of the Soviet Union, Communist China, and Nazi (Nazi means “National Socialist”) Germany, as well as other smaller Communist Regimes. In each case free speech was curtailed to discourage opposition to the new government, the right to assemble peacefully was eliminated so the people could not organize resistance to the government, the people were disarmed of firearms to they could not stand up to the tyranny of the government, and secret police organizations were created to watch the people and dispose of those who opposed the government. Massive military build-up also accompanied the formation of fascist governments for the purpose of defending and expanding their borders.

What’s Happening in America Today:

Let’s look at how the political spectrum has been blurred in the USA today. Liberal ideology has adopted a great many of the Communism/Socialism philosophies, as well as the Fascism philosophies.

  1. Liberalism believes in state control of every aspect of the economy, removing all incentives to produce more or to innovate.
  2. Liberalism believes in removing the freedom of choice from the individual, making the individual completely dependent on the state.
  3. Liberalism believes that the ruling elite knows more that the citizens of the USA, and believe that only this ruling elite can effectively govern the people.
  4. Liberalism picks and chooses what laws to enforce – enforcing those laws that increase control over the people and failing to enforce the laws that keep the people from having to turn to the government for help.
  5. Liberalism believes that people should not be able to speak out against their policies and actions (as shown by political correctness legislation and the attempts to narrow the legal definition of journalism to take away the rights of bloggers to report the facts of government crimes and misconduct).
  6. Liberalism believes that people should not be able to own guns – that only the state should be armed. This completely ignores that gun ownership in America is protected by the constitution because the founding fathers wanted the people to be able to protect themselves from their own government.
  7. Liberalism believes that the people need to be watched and that people who speak out against the government should be stopped. They have armed most of the civilian agencies of the federal government and given them the authority to arrest citizens and seize property, and they have instituted programs where people can turn in other people for anti-government speech and actions. They have created ten internment camps across the USA under the control of FEMA, and have begun stockpiling military hardware and armaments for use by the civilian government agencies.

In the past six years, the USA has taken its largest steps toward a Communist/Socialist/Fascist form of government. Illegal immigration goes unchecked, putting unsustainable burdens on social services and ensuring massive voter fraud. Gun registration and confiscation programs are introduced constantly at the state and federal level with the ultimate goal of prevent law abiding citizens from protecting themselves from crimes being committed by criminals and by their own government. The socialization of health care ha already begun. More and more state responsibilities are being taken over by the federal government. Federal agencies are being allowed to create their own regulations and enforcements, bypassing congress without any consequences. Even the destruction of our economy by the current administration is designed to force the people to accept a nationalized economic system to rebuild the country from the ashes of the economic disaster that is about to overtake us. All of the historical patterns for the formation of a Communist/Socialist/Fascist regime are plainly evident in what is happening across the USA today.

Except for one. Throughout history, the formation of a Communist/Socialist/Fascist regime was accompanied by a build-up of military strength to be used to secure and/or expand the country’s borders. However, in the USA today, the exact opposite is occurring. The military is being slashed again and again, making it nearly impossible for the country to defend itself from attack. The southern border of the USA is under constant attack from Mexican armed forces and criminal elements, and this goes unchecked. Downsizing across all branches of the armed forces is reducing the country’s ability to respond, and budget cuts are making it difficult to maintain equipment and military assets necessary to defend the country in case of attack.

So what is the endgame here? The people of the USA are certainly having Communism, Socialism, and Fascism shoved down their throats; they are certainly being forced into a dependence of an all-powerful central government that is curtailing individual freedoms at every turn; but, they are also seeing all sense of national pride shredded by the current administration. This does not fit the usual patterns seen throughout history.

It’s as if the endgame isn’t to bring about a Communist/Socialist/Fascist revolution in the USA, but to prepare the USA for a takeover by a Communist/Socialist/Fascist foreign government – most likely China, since China owns most of our national debt, owns a great deal of USA real estate, and is now purchasing USA banks. Is this the true goal by the current administration or by the ruling elite pulling the strings of our government officials?

Or is the current administration just unbelievably incompetent when it comes to domestic policy?

Either way, the USA is on the brink of sliding down the same economic rabbit hole as the Soviet Union, China, and Nazi Germany, but without sufficient military strength to protect the nation from an ever-changing world that is rapidly turning against us because of our utterly failed foreign policies and pathetic handling of military conflicts over the past several years. We are vulnerable both from within and from outside forces who look at us in contempt at our newfound weakness.

Wake up, USA. We cannot survive on the path we’re on.

About wbspeirjr

Author of "Muzzle-Loading Artillery for Reenactors," the 9-book action/adventure series "The Knights of the Saltier," five historical novels ("King's Ransom," "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," "Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church," "Arthur, King," "The Besieged Pharaoh"), the sci fi novel "The Olympium of Bacchus 12," and the fantasy novel "The Kingstone of Airmid." William is also a 5-time Royal Palm Literary Award winner: 2014 Second Place Unpublished Historical Fiction for "King’s Ransom," 2015 Second Place Unpublished Historical Fiction for "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," 2017 Second Place Published Historical Fiction for Arthur, King," 2017 First Place Published Historical Fiction for "Nicaea – The Rise of the Imperial Church," and 2017 First Place Published Science Fiction for "The Olympium of Bacchus 12."
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