Socialism – the pitch and the goal, part 9
(Continued from last week.)
Well, we finally come to the point. What is the goal of socialism?
This breaks into two pieces.
The politically correct piece is for socialism to level the playing field for results. You have no doubt heard the quote from Karl Marx: “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.
Yes, Karl Marx said that, although I have heard people wrongly attribute it to the Bible. Here is the full background of Marx (from the “Critique of the Gotha Program”):
“In a higher phase of communist society, after the enslaving subordination of the individual to the division of labor, and with it also the antithesis between mental and physical labor has vanished; after that work has become not only a means of living, but the first need of life; after the productive forces have also increased with the overall development of the individual, and all the sources of cooperative wealth flow more abundantly – then only the narrow horizon of bourgeois law can be crossed in its entirety and society inscribed on its banners: ‘From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs!’ (Wikipedia.)
Well you can see the problem right there in the full quote: “After work became not only a way of living, but the first need of life …”
I haven’t seen a lot of volunteers working just for fun lately, have I?
A few points are in order here.
• First, remember that Karl Marx and his pal Friedrich Engels never lived under the communism they imagined. It was all hypothetical for them.
• Second, in their day entertainment was extremely expensive and largely reserved for the wealthy. They lived in the age of the telegraph and, later in life, an emerging telephone industry – nothing to do with the cheap, instant communications of today.
Work was your way of filling your time – there was nothing else to do. They couldn’t have imagined something like YouTube, which reports that 85 years of videos are uploaded every day, costing the individual a fraction of a dime to watch. We are drowning in entertainment, to our detriment, according to a recent issue of Vanguard Magazine.
It seems modern politicians (part of the anointed class) have promised gifts to Helpful Idiots while ignoring Marx’s little line that everyone finds work so much fun that they line up for hard work. .
Of course, this is only the “official goal” or perhaps the “politically correct” goal of pushing socialism.
The second piece is the real focus. It’s simple and that’s it: giving stuff to people in the name of socialism is the power and glory of politicians, not to mention votes.
It keeps politicians in power with access to perks not available to useful idiots. (For example, have you looked at congressional pension and medical insurance plans?)
Think about it. We should all aspire to be selfless; it is a desirable human trait. What is the definition of altruistic? A dictionary definition is: “To show selfless and selfless concern for the well-being of others: selfless.” “
This is not the way politicians behave. Politicians seem to get rich with moderate government salaries (moderate compared to the wealth they accumulate over their lifetimes).
They are altruistic by proxy, that proxy being your taxes and my taxes.
When the government takes over something, and has taken over many functions that were previously in the private sector, it behaves in a monopolistic manner, a way that the government’s own laws do not allow as behaviors in the private sector. .
For example, have you ever noticed how fun it is to go to the license office for a driver’s license tag or renewal? Of course, if you don’t like the service there you can always go to the cheaper competitor two blocks down … wait, that’s what you could do in the private sector, not here .
And, of course, everything government operates requires employees. Statista reports that nearly 20 million people worked for federal, state and local governments in 2020. Do you think any of them will vote to cut their jobs?
It is automatically 20 million votes for socialism.
It was reported earlier this week that one of the reasons the Maricopa County, Arizona Board of Supervisors did not want an audit of the 2020 election was because they feared it would show that they had lost their own elections and therefore were personally unemployed.
Next week I will have some final thoughts.
Jim Thompson, formerly of Marshall, graduated from Hillsboro High School and the University of Cincinnati. He resides in Duluth, Georgia, and is a columnist for The Highland County Press. He can be reached at [email protected]