Socialism 101: Recognizing 18 Features of the Socialist “Family”
“What has made us free is our Constitution…
The genius of the American constitutional system is the dispersal of power.
Once power is centralized in one person, or part [of government], a Bill of Rights is just words on paper.”
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
“Planning leads to dictatorship; the direction of economic activity inevitably necessitates the suppression of freedom.”
Friedrich Hayek, The Road to Serfdom 1944
Socialism: Socialism is a Collectivist social system based on public control of the means of production and distribution by a planning central authority.
Central planning is totalitarian. Any deviation from the decrees of the central authority are deemed as treason to the authority, the community, ‘the state.’
Totalitarianism: The term totalitarianism was taken up from 1928 to encompass the common denominator of both fascism and communism.
The socialist twins of terror, communism and fascism, were never identical: each evolved over time producing their own variety of offspring. There are at least 18 traits which ought to be recognized as American’s consider submitting to socialism.
- Nationalist-Socialist ideology. Both fascism and communism were radical movements which developed ideologies professing a blend of nationalist and socialist elements. During the 1920’s the Bolsheviks watered down their inter-nationalist principles, whilst adopting the characteristic premise of ‘National Bolshevism’. The German Nazis modified the socialist elements of their ideology over the same time period. In both cases the socialist-nationalist or national-socialist blend was stabilized in 1934.
Intentionally the communists and fascists were schooled to stress their differences. But when pressed to summarize their convictions they often gave strikingly similar answers. The populaces immersed in such social emotional education were apt to think of communists as ‘red fascists’ and of fascists as ‘brown communists.’
The 21st century version is touted as united nationalism on global proportions stressing humanitarianism, environmentalism and thus, centralized behavioral and economic planning.
- Pseudo-science. Both fascists and communists claimed to base their ideologies on fundamental scientific laws which supposedly determined the development of human society. Communists appealed to their version of ‘scientific Marxism’ or ‘historical materialism’, the Nazis to eugenics and racial science. Today, via the use of digital media, adaptive computer software, integrated formative assessments such as the Brain Initiative, computer gaming, social media etc. society is being engineered to a unified group mindset.
- Collectivism: Totalitarian regimes laid on all sorts of activity which strengthen collective bonds and weaken family and individual identity. State-run nurseries, ‘social art’, youth movements, party rituals, military parades, and group uniforms all served to cement high levels of social discipline and conformist behavior. In Fascist Italy, a system of Party-run Corporations was established to replace all former trade union and employers’ organizations.
- Utopian goals. All socialist totalitarians cherished the vision of a New Man who was to create a New Order cleansed of all present impurities. The nature of the vision varied. For some it was the final, classless stage of pure communism as preached by the Marxist-Leninist: the racist, Jew-free Aryan paradise of the Nazis; or the restoration of a pseudo-historical Roman empire in Italy. The New Order was a mission which justified all the sacrifices and brutalities of the present.
- Gangsterism: Many observers have noted the strong similarity between the conduct of socialist elites and that of professional criminal confraternities. Gangsters gain a parasitical hold over a community by ‘protecting’ it from the violence which they themselves generate. They habitually terrorize both their members and their victims, and eliminate their rivals. They manipulate the law and, whilst maintaining an importance façade of respectability, use blackmail and extortion to take control of all organizations in the locality. Ie. Regional Cities Initiatives.
- The dualistic party-state. Once in power, the totalitarian socialist party created organs within its own apparatus to duplicate and to oversee all other existing institutions. State structures were reduced to the status of conveyor belts for executing the Party’s wishes. Thus, this dualistic dictatorial system was much more pervasive than that implied by the familiar but misleading term of the ‘one-party state.’
- The Fuhrerprinzip or ‘Leader Principle’. Totalitarian socialist parties operated on strict hierarchical lines. They exacted slavish obedience from their minions, through the unquestioning cult of the Party Leader, the source of all wisdom and beneficence—the Fuhrer, the Vozhd’, the Duce, the Cadillo or the ‘Great Helmsman’. This was the centerpiece of both Stalinism and Hitlerism.
- Bureaucracy. All totalitarian socialist regimes required vast army of bureaucrats to staff the bloated and duplicated organs of the party-state. This bloated bureaucracy offered rapid advancement to droves of opportunistic individuals of any social origin. Entirely dependent on the Party, the bureaucracy formed the only social constituency whose interests the regime had to consider. At the same time it included a number of competing ‘power centers’ whose hidden rivalries gave rise to the only form of genuine political life in existence.
- Propaganda. Totalitarian Socialist propaganda owed much to the subliminal techniques of modern mass advertising. It employed emotive symbols, political art and impressive architecture, and the principle of the ‘Big Lie’. Its shameless demagoguery was directed at the vulnerable and vindictive elements of society uprooted by the tides of war and modernization. In the 21st century it is catalyzed by centralized control of technology used in education, social media, communications, healthcare, investment, industry, commerce and financial sectors.
“A government strong enough to act in defiance of public feeling may disregard the plausible heresy that prevention is better than punishment, for it is able to punish.
But a government entirely dependent on opinion
looks for some security [as to] what that opinion shall be, strives for the control of the forces that shape it, and is fearful of suffering the people to be educated in sentiments hostile to its institutions.”
Lord Acton in Essay on Democracy in Europe
- The Aesthetics of Power. Totalitarian Socialist regimes enforced a virtual monopoly in the arts, propagating an aesthetic environment which glorified the ruling Party, embellished the bonds between Party and people, reveled in heroic images of national myths, and indulged in megalomaniac fantasies. Italian Fascists, German Nazis, and Soviet Communists all shared an obsession with self-portraits of the Leader, grandiose galas, ostentatious building schemes, bogus benevolence, and monumental programming for populace homage.
- The dialectical enemy. No totalitarian regime could hope to legitimize its evil designs without an opposite evil to contend with. The rise of fascism in Europe was a godsend for the communists, who otherwise could only have justified themselves by reference to the more distant evils of liberalism, imperialism, and colonialism. The fascists never ceased to justify themselves in terms of their crusade against Bolshevism, nor the communists through ‘the struggle against fascism’. The contradictions within socialism provided the motor for hatreds and conflicts which it promoted.
- The psychology of hatred. Totalitarian Socialist regimes raised the emotional temperature by beating the drum of hatred against ‘enemies’ within and without. Honest adversaries or honorable opponents did not exist. In the fascist repertoire, Jews and communists headed the bill; in the communist repertoire, fascist, capitalist dogs, ‘kulaks’, and alleged saboteurs were mercilessly pilloried.
- Pre-emptive censorship. Socialist ideology could not operate without a watertight censorship controlling all sources of information. It was not sufficient to suppress unwanted opinions or facts; it was necessary to prefabricate all the data that was permitted to circulate.
21st century socialism advances the use of technology to fashion the socialist mindset for 21st century global workers via the KGB of internet media and computer adaptive software assessing and formatting the internal neural systems, thus behaviors, of users to be useful idiots for the socialist state.
- Genocide and coercion: Totalitarian Socialist regimes pushed political violence beyond all previous limits. An elaborate network of political police and security agencies was kept busy first in destroying all opponents and undesirables and later in inventing opponents to keep the machinery in motion. Genocidal campaigns against innocent social or racial ‘enemies’ via abortion, eugenics, euthanasia, medial experimentation or forced labor camps added credence to ideological claims and kept the population in a permanent state of fear. Mass arrests and shootings, concentration camps, and random murders were routine.
21st Century medical ‘care’, medical research, third-party payment (socialized medicine), healthcare rationing, UNCRPD tribunal oversight, taxpayer funded abortion, abortifacients, and legalized physician assisted suicide in the United States and Europe assure that Totalitarian Socialism is alive and well, while the masses will be whittled down to efficient proportions for said socialist ‘Utopia’.
- Universalism. Totalitarian Socialist regimes acted on the assumption that their system would somehow spread across the globe. Communist ideologues held that Marxism-Leninism was ‘scientific’ and therefore universally applicable. The Nazis marched to the refrain ‘Denn heute gehort uns Deutschland, Und morgen die ganze Weld’ (For today it’s Germany that’s ours, and tomorrow the whole wide world.) Lebensraum required room to live, propagate and build the Socialist Utopian Scientific Culture. UNESCO, Globalization 101, Communist Internationale-Comintern etc.
- Contempt for Individual Rights. All Totalitarian Socialists despised democratic constitutional republics for their personal liberties of conscience, religion, speech, association, private property, right to bear arms, and free-market commerce and for their attachment to law and tradition.
- Moral nihilism. All Totalitarian Socialists shared the view that their goals justified their means. ‘Moral Nihilism’, wrote one British observer, ‘is not only the central feature of National Socialism, but also the central feature between it and Bolshevism’.
- Militarism. Totalitarian Socialist regimes habitually magnified the ‘external threat’, or invented it, to rally citizens to the fatherland’s defense. Rearmament received top economic priority. Under party control, the armed forces of the state enjoyed a monopoly of weapons and high social prestige. All offensive military plans were described as defensive. Even against their own citizens. Today this is exemplified in Technologic armament dispensed to and stealthily acting upon citizenry for 21st century mind and soul mutilation.
Communist Socialism and Fascist Socialism obviously differed in their sources of self-identity. Communists were wedded to the class struggle, the Nazis to their campaign for racial purity. Important differences also lay in the social and economic realm. The fascists were careful to recruit the big industrialists to their cause- today’s global capitalism and chamber of commerce infrastructures.
The Communists abolished most aspects of private property. They nationalized industry, collectivized agriculture, and instituted central command planning. On these grounds, communism could be judged the more totalitarian branch in Socialism’s family tree.
“Economic control is not merely control of a sector of human life which can be separated from the rest;
It is the control of the means for our ends.
And whoever has sole control of the means
must also determine which ends are to be served,
Which values are to be rated higher and which lower—
In short, what men should believe and strive for.”
Friedrich Hayek, The Road to Serfdom
Personal liberty of life, labor, religion, conscience, education and private property cannot co-exist in a centrally planned economy, socialist nation, or a United Nations Globalized New World Order.
Once again Edmund Burke’s famous statement that ‘men learn the price of freedom when they are masters of slaves’, will resonate with the few that stand in resistance after the majority has surrendered liberty under God, for what is euphemistically called ‘socialist security’.
Partial resource list:
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Socialism, An Economic and Sociological Analysis by Ludwig Von Mises
Essays in the History of Liberty by Lord Acton
Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
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Margaret Thatcher, Biographies
Frederic Bastiat, Essays on Socialism, Protectionism, Tariffs, Communism
The Road to Serfdom, F. A. Hayek
The Crusade Years, Herbert Hoover
Edmund Burke, Essays on the French Revolution
The German Question, by Foerster
Democracy in America and Essays, Alexis de Tocqueville
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