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December 3, 2008 / beidson

Additional Thoughts on Socialism

I would like to clarify a few matters regarding socialism, which I wrote about in yesterday’s post:

  1. First of all, I am not an economist, nor do I presume to be qualified to discourse extensively on political science issues.  However, common sense and a little intelligence go a long way, as is evidenced by the fact that normal people balance their check books and build businesses and live prosperous lives, many without degrees and advanced training.
  2. Secondly, political talk, excluding Christ, can be so trivial and irrelevant and small.  When you begin to argue political points, you realize that your authority to persuade people is very insignificant.  That’s because politics has a very low ceiling and cannot elevate the mind and heart beyond a certain point.  It is very limited in its scope.  It is good, but it is not excellent.
  3. Socialism, like all governing systems, is a fallen system operated by fallen people.  It is imperfect.
  4. Socialism is not evil; people are evil.
  5. Socialism is not all bad.  Its aim is to achieve equality for every citizen.  Whereas the weakness of socialism may be that it incidentally penalizes prosperity, its strength is in the belief that no one should be overlooked and marginalized.
  6. Socialism fails practically, if not ideologically.  On paper it may work, but when it is implemented on a national scale, it falters because the ideology cannot sustain the social consequences.
  7. History will show that intelligent people have subscribed to socialist theory, men (and women) who understood the system and genuinely believed it would work (though sometimes mixed with evil intentions).
  8. Socialism is to be distinguished from Marxist-Leninist Theory, Communism and Fascism, which sprouted from the root of socialism, yet contain elements not necessarily present in socialist theory itself, such as class struggle, extremely centralized power, etc.
  9. Lastly, America is not adopting socialism just yet.  However, it is moving toward becoming a Social Democracy, which is an intermediary government meant to sustain the transition from capitalism to socialism.  It is a slow, intentional creep away from individual prosperity and accountability toward communal equality and the shared burden of poverty and blessing of prosperity.

One more additional thought: as the number of people rise who depend on the government for their livelihood, so too will our national conscience drift toward socialism.  We will become increasingly suspicious of the wealthy, and the old proletariat-bourgeoisie struggle will be glorified to the point that the wealthy working class become an enemy of the state, which depends on the poor to keep them in power.

I realize how tiny my argument is.  After all, these issues seem to get lost in the fog of current world events, and even more so when held up to the history books.  How small we seem when we think about all that has preceded us since God created the heavens and the Earth, and all that is to come with the return of King Jesus.  And yet, we must be politically engaged, and so we must seek to persuade others to govern ourselves with the most just government.

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