By Kara Johnson
SOCIALISM: a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole / a social and economic doctrine that calls for public rather than private ownership or control of property and natural resources.
Socialism has become exceedingly popular since 2008, during the Great Recession. 1 At least, that is where the shift toward it truly began. Many believe this was the culprit of what really tore a hole in the belief that capitalism could be the way to a better life. It was the start of younger Americans looking for a “better” option. But is socialism the better option? That's the question so many have been asking, but few have been answering.
According to a poll taken by YouGov, 36% of young people between 16-29 would prefer to live in a socialist nation instead of a capitalist one. 2 This number is up 8 points since 2018. The idea of socialism has become increasingly popular, especially in the last three or four years. Why? It's become a popular ideology, but why is this kind of socio-economic way of living bad? We have to understand socialism to realize that capitalism is and will always be the better option.
Karl Marx was a radical socialist and insisted that his socio-economic ideology was the only correct and scientific way of governing a country according to history. 3 While Marx was a big believer in communism, he also used the word socialism quite often in his language. He referred to it as a lower stage of communism and firmly believed that anything should take the place of capitalism. 4
Marx listed in his writings ten necessary measures to get to his utopia or socialistic society, including progressive income tax, the abolition of private property, free education for all, and the centralization of everything being in the 'hands of the state.' 5 Needless to say, Marx was against anything that was involved in a capitalist society (entrepreneurship, private property, small government, etc.). While other philosophers had roots in socialism, Marx was and is the most famous name of them all. He was the one who was most convinced that socialism was on the right side of history and was necessary for human survival and flourishing. 6
Socialism is the breakdown and destruction of private property. Marx was a firm believer in this and felt that it was indeed necessary to abolish what was left of private property. He states in The Communist Manifesto the importance of getting rid of private property as a whole. 7 But in order to put this into action, Marx knew dictatorship had to be part of the solution and was willing to go great lengths to achieve this.
But isn't it necessary to own private property? It seems almost impossible to give up everything you own to the government. Private property is an integral part of what capitalism is all about. When you give up your personal property, you are giving the government permission to control your life. They are then taking hold of your possessions and with that, making you share the wealth with other communities. This means society will eventually break down because not only is private property no longer a reality, neither is entrepreneurship, private insurance, etc. The reality is that once you give up one piece to the government, you'll eventually have to give it all up.
Socialism is the slow destruction and breakdown of a nation. This has been proven throughout history and will continue to be proven in socialist societies. This way of life is slowly becoming a religion of its own, and we must be aware of the dangers it can bring to a society. Let's not grow numb or immune to what is happening in our nation, but instead, let's be aware of what it is and fight against it.
Next week, we will talk more about the indoctrination of socialism, how it can lead to a dictatorship, and how we should fight to avoid it from ever coming to America.
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Kara Johnson finished her Bachelor's degree in Communications at Moody Bible Institute-Spokane in 2014. Since then, she has become a firm defender of truth, faith, capitalism, and patriotism. Her fight for American policies is evident throughout her writing and online presence. She is a contributing writer for The Rogue Review and The Human Defense Initiative, while also working to consistently update her personal blog Black Coffee At Midnight about faith, issues, and life's journey.