Wednesday, February 26, 2020

On a Democratic Socialist Government: Is It Even Legal in the United States?

Communism forces men into slavery by force. Democratic Socialism does it by votes.
When I first applied for US citizenship and subsequently became a United States citizen, there was a question on the qualifying exam that asked if I had ever been a member of the communist party or had ever advanced the ideas of communism. As a committed conservative Democrat at the time (I am now a committed conservative independent) the question caused me no turmoil. I answered: NO to both. It was a disqualifying question. It seemed uncontroversial to me. Communism and the ideals of the American commitment to freedom, liberty, property rights, individualism and free market capitalism were philosophical and political antipodes. If I had answered yes to those questions, I would properly have been deemed an enemy of the state and regarded as unqualified to become a naturalized American citizen, not on political grounds -- but, fundamentally, on moral ones.
The right to regard oneself as an end in oneself, the right to carve out a conception of the good life for oneself independent of government interference, the right to voluntarily deal with others (or not) by means of one’s own independent judgment and, further, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of personal happiness -- are indelibly constitutive features of our American system of government and socio-political ways of life.
The right to also create unlimited wealth that is a material application of a value produced by one's mind -- and tangibly ratified and endorsed by consumer support -- is protected by the traditional American system. When I produce something tangible and I manifest it in the world, and it is rewarded by others, I know that this is a function of the application of my values and rational faculty to the problems of human survival that others have rewarded me for.
So when the Democratic Socialist Congresswoman from New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, says we have enough billionaires, I know she is placing a moratorium on the precondition for wealth creation: the stupendous creativity of the human mind, and, therefore, a strike against the mind and the human brain. When her idol, the presidential hopeful, Democratic Socialist Senator from the state of Vermont, Bernie Sanders, declares he is a Democratic Socialist who intends to change the overall structure of the values of not just the trading market, but of Americans themselves, it is time to pause and ask: what’s going on here? Is there a fundamental difference between socialism and communism? If one can be regarded as constitutionally inimical to the United States Constitution, can the other -- democratic socialism -- be just as anathema to our political DNA and legal system? I think the answer is yes. I think that if a so-called democratically-elected socialist government were elected in November of 2020, that it would need to be rendered illegal and overturned immediately.
Socialism advocates vesting ownership and control of the means of production, capital and land in the community as a whole. It advocates the denial of individual property rights, which is the right of the individual to use and dispose of the efforts exercised on behalf of his or her mind in pursuit of his or her survival. Remember that property is the material application of the product of the usage of your mind and values to support your life. The overall goal of socialism is the abolition of private property, which means the right of the individual to use the materialized application of his labor and reason to support his life. The government arrogates to itself the right to dispose of the products of your efforts -- you the producer -- arbitrarily among the non-producers of society: the moochers and looters and parasites all of whom cannot answer one question posed by economist Walter Williams: “What exactly is your 'fair share' of what someone else has earned?" Socialists operate by a twisted, inverted greed of the worst type: a sense of entitlement to the earnings (the thinking) of others.
Read the rest from Jason D. Hill HERE.

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