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Communism. First let us define the terms.
Socialism is a concept
that individuals should not have
ownership of land, capital (money), or industry, but rather the whole
community collectively owns and controls property, goods, and
production. Ideally, in this system all share equally in work
and the fruits of their labor. Ideally this is a Christian
version of help the poor and needy, sharing equally, but in the real
world this can cause some problems as we will see later.
Communism is a similar
concept, in that ownership of
land, capital and industry can not be owned or controlled by the
individual. However, under Communism the control of these
things is not by a local community but by the State Government.
Under this system the government has total control of
everything produced and control what is made, and who will receive the
goods and services produced. Under this system you are not
allowed to own your own home, your own car, your own furniture, or even
the food you eat. The State decides what you can use and
where you will work. You have few if any rights.
individuals own and control land,
capital, and production of industry. Individuals are free to
purchase and own their own homes, cars, furniture, and other goods such
as TV, radios, computers, boats, or any thing else you might want. You
have total freedom to live where you want and what type of job field
you want to pursue. If you have an idea for a new business or
invention, you are free to pursue this without government
interference. Under this system you have the
maximum number of choices in life. This is the 'pursuit of happiness'
from the Declaration
America's first experiment with
After the Pilgrims
landed in 1620, they decided that
they would plant a community garden and share the fruits and vegetables
the end of the season. The idea was that all would work
together and share equally at the end of the season. However,
no one wanted to work in the gardens. Most were reluctant to
do the planting and weed a garden that was not theirs. That
first year, the gardens were not well kept and they
crops, which led to hunger the next winter. Under this
system, by 1623 the colony was facing starvation. It was
decided that a new system be used the following year. Each
family was given a plot of land to garden in proportion to its size.
They would be allowed to keep the fruits and vegetables for
Bradford's account. . .
This had very good
success, for it made all hands industrious, so as much more corn was
planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any
other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far
better content. The women now went willingly into the field, and took
their little ones with them to set corn; which before would allege
weakness and inability; whom to have compelled would have been thought
great tyranny and oppression.
The lesson here seems
to be, when you own it you take
care of it. If it belongs to someone else, you won't take
interest in it or care for it. But if it is yours to own, you
take interest in it and take care of it. The
Pilgrims started out with socialism for the first two years
but abandoned it in favor for capitalism after two years, which worked
day example: Apple Computers:
Steve Jobs, and Steve
Wozniak, built the first Apple Computer out of
their garage. They were just young men with an idea that people would
like to own their own affordable computers. They didn't have
enough money to start a company, so they sought out money from a
capitalist. This could have been a bank or a rich individual.
In their case it was multi-millionaire Mike Markkula, who
provided essential business expertise and funding of $250,000.
Jobs and Wozniak were right, people did want to own
home computers and sales took off. Today Apple, employs over
48,000 employees world wide, and has annual sales over 65 billion
dollars. As of September 2011, Apple is the largest publicly
traded company in the world by market capitalization and the largest
technology company in the world by revenue and profit.
these two men the freedom to buy
parts for the first prototype computer. The freedom to seek
out funds to set up a new company, develop production and
distribution to customers, is the American Enterprise of Invention
which we call Capitalism. Did Jobs and Wozniak steal from the
poor to become rich? NO! They borrowed money from a
Capitalist, who wanted a return on his investment. They all
took a gamble and might have lost, but instead they won. They
ended up creating
great wealth for themselves, their employees, and their
stock holders. They
did not steal money from anybody!
Social Justice is wrong: Take from the rich
and give to the poor. Income
Steve Jobs was not
born rich. He became rich
by following his dream and hard work. In doing so, he created
products, he created
a new company
and new jobs.
This all worked to create more
wealth for many people. He did not steal his
money from the poor like some progressive liberals would have you
believe. He created
his money. So should he, and all
other rich people, have to give their money away until everyone in
America has an equal amount? This is the mentality of
liberals; they sold the money from the poor, and they
must give it
back. This is the lie of the Communist Social
The idea that all
Capitalist steal money from the poor
is utter non-sense. Most Capitalist create money through
innovation of new ideas, hard work, good investments, good business
decisions and properly managing their assets.
While it is true that
there are dishonest crooks in
business that can and do steal under Capitalism, there are also crooks
and thieves under Socialism and Communism. Human nature being
what it is, people tend to be lazy. What can I get without
having to work for it. If I can steal it without having to
work to get it, maybe I'll just take it. Maybe mom
and dad will just give me my allowance even though I didn't clean the
kitchen like I was suppose to do. (Something for nothing! We
always want the easy way don't we.)
Socialism or Communism don't work.
If you don't own it,
your not going to work or
take care of it. Look at apartments that are turned into
condos. When the apartments are rented, the renters
don't own the apartments. They are not likely to
care if something gets
broken and mistreated thus lowering the value, because it is not
theirs. It is the landlords. It is his problem.
(Who cares, no skin off my nose?) However
once the people buy the condos and it becomes their property, they
now have a vested interest in keeping it in good shape. While
they were renters they were living under Socialism (no ownership).
Once they brought the condo, they became Capitalist.
(ownership) and their thinking changed.
Under true Socialism
or Communism, Steve Jobs could not
have brought the parts for his prototype computer. If he knew
that his hard work, would never allow him to make more money then his
neighbor who spends his time watching mindless TV shows, why would he
even bother to waste his time trying to invent something new and
useful. Why not take it easy? Everybody else does.
In Germany and France, union employees get months of paid
vacation time. Take it easy, you'll get paid!
Communism kill the 'will' to work,
competition, innovation and creativity. Why compete to work?
You won't make any more money. Why spend time
innovating new ideas, or being creative, there won't be anything in it
for me. As a result they fail to provide goods and services
for their citizens. The Soviet Eastern Communist countries of
the 20th century were noted for not having much goods and services for
their citizens. Yet, the ruling class always had plenty of
everything, and it was usually imported from capitalist countries.
While we have rich people in America, we also have a large
middle class, that live comfortable lives. Even many if not
most poor people in America have refrigerators, TVs, and food on the
and Communism cost money:
in many Western European countries,
citizens are taxed at high rates of 50% to 75% of their incomes.
In return the State provides cradle to grave coverage of
health care, union jobs, subsidized corporations and
systems. While the citizens in these countries live
comfortable lives they pay a high price for government
Under the Soviet
Communist rule, the citizens are
allowed to keep very little personal goods. Effectively the
state takes all the business profits, and gives the workers ration
cards to buy food, and clothing. Other personal items such as
TVs, radios, AC units are hard to come by, and are rationed out by the
state, if you can prove you need them. I met a
couple that had lived in Communist Lithunian. They told me
they wanted to move across town to another apartment to be closer to
his mother. The move had to be approved by the State, and it
took them 10 years and lots of red tape for simply moving to another
Communism: no freedom!
controls all goods and services, the
individual is at the total mercy of the State. You have no
rights except those granted by the State. The old Soviet
Union was a police state, with total control over its citizens.
When I traveled into East Germany, I immediately noticed the
lack of cars. West Germany was full of cars on the Autobahns.
The streets in East Germany were mostly empty, with an
person on bicycle, even in the middle of
winter. Freedom of travel is restricted in a Communist State
because they control who gets what and for how long. If you
were lucky enough to get a car in East Germany, it was usually a
piece of junk. I saw plenty of Soviet solders with rifles, so
dare not step out of line. You could feel the oppression and
despair in the air.
In the fall of 2011
many college students descended on
Wall Street in New York City. They were not demanding a
reform of Wall Street bankers who have cheated the American people, but
rather they want to topple Capitalism, that they think is the
problem. It is not Capitalism that is the problem, it is dishonest crooks.
Lying cheating thieves are everywhere on the planet. They are
people that think no matter what system they live in, they will find a
way to get theirs without having to work for it. They are
basically greedy people, and you will find them under Socialism,
Communism or Capitalism. So let's not mistake the of blaming the
system, when it is clearly the individuals that create the
Under capitalism, the
Wall Street banks would have had
bankruptcy, and be brought out by the successful banks for pennies on
the dollar. The bank owners would have taken big losses along
the stockholders. Instead the government stepped in to bail
the banks who made poor business decisions. Those same bank
owners who made the poor decisions, then gave themselves big bonuses
from tax-payer dollars. The government rewarded
failure. Our Occupy Wall Street crowd should go
down to Washington and ask why the government gave tax payer bail-out
money to the crooks who were cheating their clients. This is
but not the way progressive liberals would have you believe.
Under Socialism or Communism you will see more income
redistribution, and the rich will get richer and the middle class will
When the Communist
took over Russia in 1917, they used
many young College students to stage protest against the Czar. Vladimir Lenin called
them mindless "useful idiots." The
Communist are again using students to press their cause on Wall Street,
and it is again to overthrow the government, and seize power.
These young college students want justice, as we all do, but
won't get it from their Socialist, Communist or Islamic friends
on Wall Street. They are being played as the
Conrol has an inverse relationship to Personal Freedom. The
more control government has the less freedom individuals have.
At the two extremes you have either a total dictatorship or
you have total anarchy. The founding fathers thought about
government with about 60% personal freedoms was the best approach.
allows free enterprise to flurish, with enough control to prevent
abuses. However, they realized this type of government would
succeed with a moral and honest population. As a society
more corrupt and dishonest, there are increasing needs for
government control of the population. The Communist realize
Christian Church provides a moral framework for our society, and if
they can destroy the Church and society's morality, it will be easier
to impose Big Government controls on America. (For more on
see Agenda link at top of the page to the Naked Communist.)
Would you rather have a hand out from the government, or a
pay check from a business? I think, most Americans
would prefer a job which pays good money, over a government
Government is BIG enough to give you everything, then they are also BIG
enough to take it ALL away.