|For purposes of this page, Collectivism is defined as including all forms of anti-freedom classes, including the terms socialist, leftist, liberalism, “progressive”, fascism, and other ism’s which refute and subordinate the sanctity of man in favor of the collective, aka the community, society, the greater good, the Marxist “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need”, all of which require instituting the immorality of force by creating and employing a middleman, usually called “Government” to apply the Force.|
All of these constantly deteriorate toward communism, which is the end of the line, where everything and everyone and all property is controlled by the State, all capitalism being denied at all levels, and the people are at the mercy of the State for sustenance of all things necessary to the live of the individual, which necessarily includes the property necessary to sustain that life.
A vivid description of “life” under communism is the content of “We the Living” (1936) by Ayn Rand (1905-1982) born in Russia and leaving in 1926, thus growing to adulthood during the Bolshevik Revolution (1917-1920), which overthrew the czar and ruled the people as a cruel communist government. While at that time Rand was just at the beginning of her objective philosophy, this book is an interesting historic novel of those times.
It rather astounded me just now during a Yahoo! search for “definition of socialism” to read this
from Yahoo! Education
- Any of various theories or systems of social organization in which the means of producing and distributing goods is owned collectively or by a centralized government that often plans and controls the economy.
- The stage in Marxist-Leninist theory intermediate between capitalism and communism, in which collective ownership of the economy under the dictatorship of the proletariat has not yet been successfully achieved.
The above is hardly my definition, which would be
- Socialism is a system designed to redistribute the wealth of producers to non-producers, which can be accomplished only by force (taxation/extortion) by a government upon the productive. The definition of socialism need not include collective or government ownership of the means of producing and distributing goods, which is called communism.
- Socialism tends to become communism as it increasing seeks to increase control over the means of production and distribution. The term capitalism vs. sociaism is a non-sequitur, as capitalism is neither a collective nor a governmental system; capitalism is simply a production system based on free private enterprise, not any form of collective nor government. Therefore socialism cannot be construed as an intermediate stage between capitalism and communism; the progression is instead properly defined as FROM socialism TO communism.
- The socialists, moving constantly toward communism (Marx: from each according to his ability, to each according to his need), must have and use force to achieve their immoral objectives. Good and moral (voluntary) objectives require neither theft nor force. The immoral objectives of the socialist communist can be accomplished only thru the use of equally immoral Force.
- Within the private sector, the relationship and interaction between Persons in a free society is voluntary, providing mutually acceptable benefit between all parties in any transaction, and the use of Force is both immoral and illegal. Voluntarism won’t work for the socialists who, following Marx’s insane theory, can accomplish their objectives only thru Force, which is accomplished thru election of politicians to any Government.
- Socialists will deny that to their deaths that they really seek communism, yet communism is precisely the end result.
- From this link we find
The 10 PLANKS stated in the Communist Manifesto and some of their American counterparts are…
1. Abolition of private property and the application of all rents of land to public purposes.
Americans do these with actions such as the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution (1868), and various zoning, school & property taxes. Also the Bureau of Land Management (Zoning laws are the first step to government property ownership)
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
Americans know this as misapplication of the 16th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, 1913, The Social Security Act of 1936.; Joint House Resolution 192 of 1933; and various State “income” taxes. We call it “paying your fair share”.
3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
Americans call it Federal & State estate Tax (1916); or reformed Probate Laws, and limited inheritance via arbitrary inheritance tax statutes.
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
Americans call it government seizures, tax liens, Public “law” 99-570 (1986); Executive order 11490, sections 1205, 2002 which gives private land to the Department of Urban Development; the imprisonment of “terrorists” and those who speak out or write against the “government” (1997 Crime/Terrorist Bill); or the IRS confiscation of property without due process. Asset forfeiture laws are used by DEA, IRS, ATF etc…).
5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
Americans call it the Federal Reserve which is a privately-owned credit/debt system allowed by the Federal Reserve act of 1913. All local banks are members of the Fed system, and are regulated by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) another privately-owned corporation. The Federal Reserve Banks issue Fiat Paper Money and practice economically destructive fractional reserve banking.
6. Centralization of the means of communications and transportation in the hands of the State.
Americans call it the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Department of Transportation (DOT) mandated through the ICC act of 1887, the Commissions Act of 1934, The Interstate Commerce Commission established in 1938, The Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Communications Commission, and Executive orders 11490, 10999, as well as State mandated driver’s licenses and Department of Transportation regulations.
7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state, the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
Americans call it corporate capacity, The Desert Entry Act and The Department of Agriculture… Thus read “controlled or subsidized” rather than “owned”… This is easily seen in these as well as the Department of Commerce and Labor, Department of Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Mines, National Park Service, and the IRS control of business through corporate regulations.
8. Equal liability of all to labor. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
Americans call it Minimum Wage and slave labor like dealing with our Most Favored Nation trade partner; i.e. Communist China. We see it in practice via the Social Security Administration and The Department of Labor. The National debt and inflation caused by the communal bank has caused the need for a two “income” family. Woman in the workplace since the 1920’s, the 19th amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, assorted Socialist Unions, affirmative action, the Federal Public Works Program and of course Executive order 11000.
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries, gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equitable distribution of population over the country.
Americans call it the Planning Reorganization act of 1949 , zoning (Title 17 1910-1990) and Super Corporate Farms, as well as Executive orders 11647, 11731 (ten regions) and Public “law” 89-136. These provide for forced relocations and forced sterilization programs, like in China.
10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production.