Pretty Blue Pill

Communism, Fascism, Socialism

I was reading a blog yesterday where the writer was expounding on the wonderful merits of socialism, and apparently trying to convince others (and himself) that socialism is better than communism because people still have the right to own property. And whereas communism is inherently atheistic, socialism values all religious contributions to the global community.

Getting past the obvious utopian fluff, the fact is communism and fascism are both types of socialism. That’s why the second “s” in USSR stood for “Socialist.” That’s’ also why fascist Benito Mussolini admitted fascists were foremost socialists.

The difference between the two is that whereas the communist would say, “Workers unite,” the fascist would say, “Germans unite,” or “Italians unite.” In other words communism is based in class warfare whereas fascism is based in nationalistic pride.

But neither communism nor fascism nor socialism necessarily has anything to do with atheism as they are both economic, not religious, systems.

In the real world, however, they all seem to be packaged with beliefs that seem more compatible with religious skepticism or downright atheism than anything else. (There was not, in fact, much religious tolerance in France during its deChristianization efforts.)

That’s why Europe began its trek to socialism only after religious belief and practices declined considerably. Actually, I suppose you could argue the two happened in concert—the decline of religion and the increase of socialist beliefs occurred concurrently.

That’s something I always tell my more “enlightened” Christian friends. (Well, at least they think they’re enlightened.) Socialism is absolutely incompatible with Judeo-Christian beliefs.

And it’s always been that way…even in the Bible God tells Samuel that Israel has rejected Him, which is why they want a king. Beforehand, there was no king, but judges who judged based solely on God’s law. There was no concept of Church and State. The “Church” was the people and the people were the state.

And that tension has and will always exist between church and state because people are either going to look toward God as their source of ultimate security or they’ll look to the State. Consider the fact that much of the “new atheist” crowd, who claim as did Marx that religion is the opiate of the people, are almost always dependent on government monies for their research and livelihood and you’ll see my point.

Socialism continually claims a desire to help people as its prime motivation. But the most efficient way to help a person in need is to donate your money or your time to a charitable organization. Why introduce a government bureaucracy? It’s not that hard to find a person in need.

And that’s the difference between utopia and heaven on earth. But I’ll blog more about that another day.

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March 26, 2010 Posted by | atheist, charity, Christian, communism, conservative, fascism, liberal, media, Obama, obamacare, politics, skeptic, socialism, Uncategorized, welfare, welfare state | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Victims

Have you ever noticed that every part of the liberal agenda starts with a victim?

And why not? Getting the emotions stirred is probably the most sure-fire way to prevent good thinking. That’s why we conservatives seem so heartless to the typical liberal. When they’re outraged, we’re asking questions. And while they’re boo-hooing, we’re constructing logical arguments.

Now, I use the term victim loosely because typically a victim is someone who has been taken advantage of in some way by another person. We don’t usually use the term to refer to people who have been taken advantage of by themselves.

Maybe you can see where this is headed, but I caution you, don’t get me wrong. I’m not at all suggesting that everyone in America who is down on their luck is there because they’ve been stupid. But I am suggesting that it happens much more than you think.

I first became a conservative voter (I had always been a social conservative) by listening to my wife talk about her job. She worked as a social worker in Atlanta and in New Orleans when we moved there, and then in Atlanta again when we moved back after Katrina.

Most of her clients, personality-wise, were awesome people. I even had a chance to meet a few of them. But the single biggest problem she had dealing with them was the fact that none of them (and I mean none of them) made wise financial decisions.

They were trapped in a culture where it was acceptable to buy your kids $100 shoes, but depend on the government to get them food. Or they’d spend over $150 a month on cable television, but continually used the excuse that they couldn’t find a job because they didn’t own reliable transportation (and taking the bus is just so expensive, you know).

Naturally, after continually hearing this (and seeing it too), and then observing how my own family was scraping by while I was in school—my wife working full time in the midst of the most dangerous cities in the country, I worked five odd jobs while I was a full time student, working toward my Masters degree, and our daughter spent nine hours a day in daycare while my wife and I worked to pursue our dreams—I soon got over the bleeding heart liberal syndrome.

And the problem I have with liberal ideologues is that they encourage these people to see themselves as victims. They’re not at all interested in helping these people get out of the cycle of bad decisions while hard working tax payers foot the bill. Fixing the problem doesn’t give them a political advantage.

Which brings me to the point of this post: who’s really the victim in America today? Is it really the lazy welfare recipient sitting on the sofa watching Jerry Springer every day? Believe it or not, I’d say yes. Yes it is. Though not in the way liberals would say. They are actually the victims of a system that empowers them to live like this.

But we are also victims. Working class Americans who are making wise financial decisions, only to see their hard-earned money taken from them to expand the government and given to people who aren’t even trying to help themselves. That is very frustrating to say the least.

And who’s doing the victimizing? Well, I’ll leave that for you to figure out…

March 25, 2010 Posted by | abortion, bias, charity, conservative, emotion, Healthcare, liberal, Obama, politics, Uncategorized, victim, welfare, welfare state | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment