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The Misery that Marks both Socialism and Radical Islam

Are you Ready for a Summer of Radical Socialists and Islamists?

Senator “Bernie” Bernard Sanders (I-VT) is a self-avowed socialist and a candidate for President of the United Sates. Sadly, the majority of Democrats have no problem with that.

Many millennials who seem attracted to this unconventional, 74-year-old, perpetual candidate (since 1971) and government employee (since 1981), have no idea what true socialism really is! Nor do they know how it has been discredited as an economic failure, wherever it has seriously been attempted. They seem to never have heard of the 20th century socialist regimes of Lenin, Stalin, Mao Zedong and the Castro brothers. These radical “reformers” took from some and gave to others, often at the point of a gun. If you owned a factory, the Communists shot you. The fascist nationalized factories and if owners didn’t do as they were told, they shot them. Religion was viewed as a dangerous drug (the “opiate of the masses”) that needed to be eradicated or severely controlled. Millions of innocent citizens were murdered to enforce “equality” and to establish “common ownership” and Godless societies. Radical socialism, like radical Islam, seeks to forcefully impose its tyrannical ideology on everyone, as it controls the economy and lifestyles of its people.

The regulations of the governing authority are imposed and enforced for the “common good.” The late economist Milton Friedman famously noted, “A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither.” Nowhere is this more visible, right now, than in Venezuela, the land of the late socialist Hugo Chávez, where its citizens suffer prolonged shortages of water, power and food. Currently, protesters and looters roam the streets, while thousands of people line up to sign petitions, seeking the recall of the democratically elected President Nicolás Maduro.

Millennials, born after the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, know little of the history of socialism. Some have a vague understanding that it means something about “equality for all” and the protection from the alleged “greed and corruption of capitalism.” They are unfamiliar with the oppressive measures of central planners, state-run stores and government-controlled commodities.

Bernie GreedyFinancial guru Dave Ramsey has commented on an article, written by the Cato Institute’s Emily Ekins in the Washington Post. The article, “Millennials like socialism — until they get jobs,” showed that Millennials view socialism less favorably, as they age and begin to earn higher wages. Ramsey amended Ekins’ title somewhat when he said: “Millennials like socialism — until they have to pay for it. “In reality, pure socialism is a radical version of the childhood principles of forced “sharing.” Practically, it is a government controlled and micro-managed economy. The government nationalizes private enterprises and its central planners determine who works where, what and how much is produced and the prices for which it is sold, and where or if it is distributed. Long lines and nearly empty store-shelves are common. Someone has aptly described “pure” socialism as “shared misery.” Another facet of this economic phenomenon is termed “democratic socialism.” It is to be distinguished from the Marxist–Leninist brand of socialism, as currently practiced by the non-democratic despots of Cuba and North Korea.

Senator Sanders interprets “democratic socialism” as “a government that reflects the interests of ordinary people”—implying that our representative constitutionalism doesn’t do that. He sees “increasing the minimum wage, ensuring everyone has Medicare, and ending fracking in the U.S.” as the primary goals of his campaign. “Welfare States” (think U.S.A., Canada, and Western Europe) practice forms of “democratic socialism,” when people learn they can vote themselves “free stuff,” to be paid for by the government, with high taxes on the “wealthy.”

Forty years ago, England’s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher famously said, “The trouble/problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money. “Some believe that the blatant bullying, intimidation tactics and violent confrontations at Donald Trump’s campaign appearances are not spontaneously carried out by “ordinary people.” These protestors seem to want to bait (and in some cases assault) Trump supporters, before the sympathetic media, rather than rationally debate and politically persuade them. It is alleged, by some, that many of the aggressive anti-Trump protestors are organized and supported by unions and radical leftists. It would not be surprising, since their tactics seem to follow the “rules” set out by the radical political activist and “community organizer” Saul Alinsky, author of “Rules for Radicals,” (1946/1971). He dedicated the training manual to “… the first radical known to man, who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.”

Saul Alinsky’s tactics were not based on Stalin’s revolutionary violence, but on the Neo-Marxist strategies of Antonio Gramsci, an Italian Communist. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, leftist billionaire George Soros and former Chicago land community-organizer President Barack Obama are all strong devotees of the radical activist, Saul Alinsky. Free societies are finding their moral, cultural and economic foundations under attack by radical socialists and Islamists. Both entities have global visions to equably enforce their tyrannical ideology and authority over as many subjects as they can. Are you ready?

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Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis is a recently retired minister who writes a blog, where he seeks to relate a biblical worldview regarding societal issues of public interest. Trying to be “salt and light,” as Jesus commands, these brief blog-posts are primarily pro-life, pro-family and pro-religious liberties, while also speaking up for the people and nation of Israel.

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