It’s a terrifying reality that modern day democrats endorse Socialism.
They may try to mask their true motives, using terms like “social justice,” but the foundation of democrats’ plan for the United States are rooted in the toxic and disastrous politics of Lenin and Marx.
Big government and greater regulation over private businesses and citizens are hallmarks of Socialism, the political system used to create Communism. The more the government takes over the economy, be it to “help” the environment, solve problems of equality, or to fix health care, the more the government grants itself far too much power.
Socialism breeds dictatorships. A nation built of personal liberties and the rights of the people to decide who leads, flies in the face of a system that grants the government complete power. The more our government, led by democrats, tries to dictate our lives, the more we lose our freedoms and resemble a dictatorship.
History has shown us that Socialism, in any form, does not work. It inevitably leads to dictators who deprive the people of their voice. It happened in the USSR, it’s happened in North Korea, and it’s happening right now in Venezuela.
On March 29, the Supreme Court of Venezuela dissolved the country’s elected legislature, allowing Venezuela’s top court to write future laws. The court is filled with allies of Venezuela’s socialist president, Nicolas Maduro, while the legislature is dominated by Maduro’s opponents, and the court’s ruling was seen as the latest step on Venezuela’s descent into a full-fledged dictatorship. But following international outcry—as well as the appearance of cracks within Maduro’s own party—the court reversed itself just a few days later, on April 1.
Thus, the uneasy standoff between Venezeula’s legislature and executive is set to continue. Last week’s episode is only the latest reminder of the tendency of socialism to lead to dictatorship, as identified by the Nobel Prize-winning economist Friedrich Hayek in The Road to Serfdom.
In 1944, when he wrote his book, Hayek noted that the crimes of the German National Socialists and Soviet Communists were, in great part, the result of growing state control over the economy. As he explained, growing state interference in the economy leads to massive inefficiencies and long queues outside empty shops. A state of perpetual economic crisis then leads to calls for more planning.
But economic planning is inimical to freedom. As there can be no agreement on a single plan in a free society, the centralization of economic decision-making has to be accompanied by centralization of political power in the hands of a small elite. When, in the end, the failure of central planning becomes undeniable, totalitarian regimes tend to silence the dissenters—sometimes through mass murder.
While people may criticize American capitalism and our system of democracy, it is the best deterrent to the rise of an all-power dictator.
Modern Socialists in America (particular young people) don’t understand how that system will destroy everything America has come to stand for.
They attack the wealth and think that the government can bring equality. But they refuse to realize that granting the government more and more power will create the very kinds of monsters they claim to hate.
The only system of government that truly works is the one that gives the power to the people. And even then, the people must continue to stand for their rights and hold their leaders accountable.
Otherwise, even in America, we could see the rise of dictators.