Socialism is very much like a cancer. For the first few years it’s undetectable, then a tumor appears, finally it metastasizes and destroys an entire culture. Jesus described the trajectory of anger ultimately leading to murder. Socialism also has an insidious trajectory that ultimately leads to tyranny.
I’ve decided to do a series of posts exposing the evils and myths associated with Socialism. (I’ll post my regular subject on Mondays or Tuesdays.) Why would I do this on a blog about the Father’s love? First, because Socialist ideology is antithetical to the Father’s love, bent on destroying the nuclear family. It’s also antithetical to the Christian worldview.
But my main reason is because I see a whole generation being swept away by this cancerous deception. And it didn’t happen all at once.
While We Were Sleeping
Consider the following from an (left-leaning) Axios poll:
“In an Axios poll from October 2019 of 2,100 American respondents, 70 percent of millennials surveyed and 64 percent of Gen Z said they would vote for a socialist candidate. A May 2020 Vice article on Gen Z political leanings headlines the quote of a college student who said, “It’s much more stigmatized to say you’re a capitalist, in my experience.” (from “Will Gen-Z Make America Socialist” —Pacific Research Institute.*)
What’s happening should horrify any freedom-loving person. How did we go from the Superman of the 50’s—who stood for truth, justice, and the American way—to “woke” Superman renouncing his citizenship in 2011?
It happened because for the last several decades we’ve let the radical left take over the education of our children, so now they’re not only woefully ignorant of the truth about Socialism, they embrace it. (See my post: “Marxism, Artificial Intelligence, and Postmodernism” about how neo-Marxism came into vogue in western universities.)
We must first educate ourselves in this battle for the souls of our children so that they can be educated and wake up to this evil ideology. Otherwise, America’s slide into an Orwellian dystopian future is inevitable.
What is Socialism?
In order to help us understand what Socialism is, I want to recommend a website to you: www.stoppingsocialism.com. It’s a great resource to help equip you against this evil onslaught on our culture. I will refer to this website and others as I go.
Socialism (noun) defined as “any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.”
This is describing the economic aspect of Socialism. But there’s a particular kind of Socialism called “Marxism” that’s most relevant to what’s going on in our culture today. But before we get to that, think about how government-run services compare in efficiency and quality to privately-run services. Which is better? Now imagine if every service was run or controlled by the government!
Also, if the government owns it, they own you.
As I already mentioned, Socialism is deceptive and cancerous because of its insidious trajectory. This is why people may even think it’s a good thing our government takes care of our needs. It may not look like the evil regimes of the 20th century…at first. Yet, the people under its influence are being cooked like the proverbial frog in the kettle.
I want you to think about where we might be on this trajectory right now. Socialism’s appeal is in its promise to provide security and “equity” for all. Sounds good, right? We want to be fair, right?
Except equity has little to with equality, and this “fairness” is forced upon the population through centralized control. And every time we give the government more control, we give up a degree of freedom. The more control we give away, the less freedom we have as individuals. And when governments take all our freedoms away it’s called tyranny.
An ideology that pits one group against another finds its inspiration from some form of Marxist socialism, whether pitting the poor against the rich, one race against another, genders, etc. Regardless of the subject, it’s always the same divisive Marxist ideology of the “oppressed vs. oppressor.” This is why identity politics, cancel culture, SJW movement, and Critical Theories were born out of Marxist ideology.
This also explains why we often see a hypocritical disconnect from what groups like the neo-Marxist BLM organization claims to be and what they actually do. They say black lives matter (of course, they do), but they don’t actually care about black-on-black crime, better education in black neighborhoods, or how welfare programs keeps poor black people enslaved to the government, nor do they care about fatherlessness in poor black communities, or that black children are systematically being exterminated in abortion mills disproportionately set up in poor black neighborhoods. It’s not about justice for black people; it’s about destroying our way of life through anarchy and chaos so that some imagined globalist Marxist utopia can take its place.
From a Christian perspective, we’re to find our security in God in Christ, not the state. This is why Socialism is an anti-Christ worldview since it replaces God with the state. This is also why Socialist regimes eventually end up denying religious freedoms. Socialism puts people in categories or groups; Christianity looks at the individual and promotes equality of all people, regardless of race, gender, or social status.
28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Gal.3:28 NIV)
When Martin Luther King, Jr. said that we should judge a person based on the content of their character and not the color of their skin, he was promoting a core tenet of Christianity. But when Critical Race Theory/ Intersectionality adherents pit one group against another, they are promoting an anti-Christ form of Marxism.
Here’s a video you can watch where hosts, Justin Haskins and Donald Kendal, explain exactly what Socialism is: