In a recent essay I wrote “If the 2008 election was about dumping free-market capitalism and America’s Constitutional liberties for some form of collectivist authoritarianism, probably not too many people understood the issue. The 2012 election will be about ratifying or rescinding that choice, hopefully, without ambiguity. What’s at stake is the preservation of America’s unique ethos of creative individual liberty or a continuation of our accelerating slide toward becoming a nation under a coercive statist regime derivative of Marx.”
Well, election 2012 is now history and the public indeed ratified its’ 2008 choice for more collectivism although the narrow win and the distinct odor of vote fraud did contribute ambiguity. And it’s doubtful that many voters realized the consequences of voting for a man (Obama) wholly sympathetic to the totalitarian ideologies of Marx, Lenin, Stalin, and yes, even Hitler. Revel (1) put it this way:
“The fundamental feature of both [Communism and Naziism] is that the rulers, convinced that they possess the absolute truth and are guiding the course of history for all humanity, believe they have the right to destroy dissidents . . . anyone and everyone they see as obstacles or [potential obstacles] to the supreme design.”
Revel (2) adds “Communism promises abundance and engenders misery; it promises liberty and imposes servitude; it promises equality [but delivers] the most inegalitarian [sic] of all societies [with a ruling elite] that is privileged to a degree unknown even in feudal societies.”
But the Marxist faith, with its’ hundred-year history of genocidal ‘purifications’ attracts an odd assortment of rather desperate malcontents: the economic illiterate; the fearful, competition-averse; sullen, pouting professors of English; and more than a few narcissists. Some of the latter reach leadership positions (Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Saddam) on the backs of the fearful and insecure and launch mass human extinctions. Such extinctions eventually result as the futile, irrational policies of the ruling elite beget increasing tyranny to enforce the impossible.
Such has been the history of the twentieth centuries’ genocidal collectives: Some one hundred million and counting victims. The question is begged: What will Obama, in his lame-duck second term, bring to America?
As a youth, Obama was mentored by a known Communist and, as an adult politician he has vowed to “fundamentally transform America”. He has credibly been identified as a narcissistic personality and, as such, most certainly lives in thrall of his own self-aggrandizement above all else. And the kicker is that the Republican Party, under its’ present leadership, will present no serious opposition to Obama and his comrades. This is not a recipe for a bright future for the country either in the short or long term.
Socialism promises equality but delivers tyranny.
1. Revel, Jean-Francois, Last Exit to Utopia, Encounter, NY, 99.
2. Ibid., 89.
The intelligence, ingenuity and range of ambitions of creative, independent thinkers will ALWAYS defeat the herd-animal mindset of collectivist ideologues and their slow-witted, inefficient bureaucratic minions. That is why authoritarian collectivism, or coercive socialism, aka Marxism, must always resort to genocidal totalitarianism but inevitably collapses anyway. The deadly histories of such regimes attests to the hypocrisy of those such as Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot and their enablers who were driven by a power-lusting narcissism and certainly not by compassion as their deluded followers would have you believe. To get a revealing view of this lethal sickness read Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar by Simon Sebag Montefiore.
The question has been raised about when, or if, Liberals might say “Enough!” regarding Obama’s disastrously subversive, if incompetent, presidency. The short answer is that the vast majority of 'liberals' will stay fanatically devoted to Obama or Jack-the-Ripper if he has a (D) after his name. The reason is that leftists have a visceral fear -- and therefore -- a hatred of conservatives that runs too deep for reason to penetrate. Liberals have a desperate need to feel good about themselves. Unlike the Marxists (Authoritarian Collectivists) Liberals are shallow, emotion-driven individuals, aka, the "useful idiots" of whom Lenin derisively spoke. They cannot, or will not, comprehend the vile, vicious, lust for power that drives the genocidal Left but can instinctively sense and fear the Right for its’ rationality.
So Liberals swim with the Marxist shark in a symbiotic relationship just as the Remora swims comfortably in the wake of a Great White. This is all rooted in the human psyche but at its' core is fear of existence itself. Conservatives are mostly theistic and have an innate faith in a Transcendent Intelligence at the core of things which brings a solace the ‘typical’ Leftist has forsaken. An irrational fear and, consequently, an unwarranted hatred of the Right, have filled the void. Accordingly, to expect any apostasies from the Left now -- or ever -- is to expect a west-rising sun.
The following link should make clear to all the precarious financial condition our Ruling Class, led by the Obama Administration, has brought about. This soaring debt is just one of several indicators of the perilous financial situation America is in. Massive national debt, high and static unemployment levels, inflation (e.g.; gasoline @ $4/gal.), looming bankruptcy and an indifferent, Alfred-E-Neuman, President who feels none of this as he lives lavishly at taxpayer expense. Nor has Congress flexed any muscle in reining-in wasteful, unnecessary pork-laden bills written by self-serving lobbiests.
So the question arises: Is this crisis due to governmental incompetance/indiffernce or a state of affairs brought about by design? If the latter, then whose design? Perhaps those whose sympathies match those of Lenin/Stalin and the Bolsheviks prior to the 1917 Russian Revolution where similar symptoms of national malaise led to fifty-odd years of deadly Communist rule.
Is America headed for a similar fate? The 2012 election holds the answer.
Capitalism works, however imperfectly, because it has been built on the realities of hard-won experience. Socialism fails because it is based on wishful thinking, irrational idealism and the denial of human nature: Man is not a herd animal.
The ObamaNation is being built on crypto-socialist idealism which has come to be called “Crony Capitalism” but is essentially Fascism with a dash of Capitalism added to finance the inevitably ballooning socialist giveaways. This may look good on paper but is fatally flawed and doomed to failure because it lacks Capitalism’s critical ingredient: Competition.
Without competition the capitalist engine becomes inefficient and no longer able to feed the greedy, inefficient, socialistic monster that just keeps taking more and more while doing less and less constructively. Tyranny inevitably results as the socialist Ogre flogs its’ dying pseudo-capitalist horse which slowly collapses.
Mussolini, Fascism’s originator, found this out in Italy circa 1920. The Obama regime appears to be in the early stages of repeating a huge mistake. Whether it’s called ‘Crony Capitalism’, Fascism, or the ‘Third Way’, it is a road to extended misery. Caveat emptor.
 Muravchik, Joshua, Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism, Encounter Books, SF, 2002, 144- 171.