Those who lived through most of the last century know the evils that came from National Socialism—the Nazi form of this ideology is most familiar to those of us who lived in that time. Less than one-hundred years after this totalitarian scourge came to power in Germany we now see its emergence in America. It’s always been here in the minds of a few, but many people now pridefully declare allegiance to socialism and large groups openly rally around a Democrat-Socialist for president of the United States.
Jonah Goldberg in his historically referenced book, “Liberal Fascism” chronicles how American presidents and candidates such Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Hillary Clinton have advocated government policies and principles “remarkable similar to those of Hitler’s National Socialism and Mussolini’s Fascism.”
The book was written before Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders came on the American presidential scene, but they certainly embrace the most open and virulent strain of National Socialism ever to gain American political power in my lifetime (I was born in 1933).
This ideology, writes Goldberg, often resembles a “religious crusade” wearing the mask of politics. These people operate in a “maelstrom of prejudices, passions, hatreds, emotions, resentments, biases, hopes, and attitudes.”
They publically scream and shout these feelings to stir mindless crowds into a frenzy of support. Their oratory is devoid of rational thinking or common sense—rhetoric disconnected from reality—and ignorant of the historically dismal and destructive failures of their revived schemes. (In 1944 F. A. Hayek wrote: “It is rarely remembered now that socialism in its beginnings was authoritarian.”)
When Socialist Democrat candidate for president, Bernie Sanders, won the primary vote in New Hampshire in February 2016 during a long rambling speech filled with resentment and hatred for wealthy people—the focus of his platform to punish them with exorbitant taxes to pay for his distribution programs—he told a big lie that, I paraphrase, “America was built on the principle of fairness.”
Thomas Sowell in his book, “The Quest for Cosmic Justice” explains: “General principles, such as ‘justice’ or ‘equality,’ are often passionately invoked in the course of arguing about the issues of the day, but such terms usually go undefined and unexamined.” Dr. Sowell writes that what he calls “cosmic justice…is about putting particular segments of society in the position that they would have been in but for some undeserved misfortune.”
This proposition, when carried out, ends in evil (unfair) consequences. As Sowell puts it, this concept “of fairness requires that third parties (government) must wield the power to control outcomes, over-riding rules, standards, or the preferences of other people.”
Ultimately, we know that this idea results in totalitarianism. The famous Austrian economist Dr. F. A. Hayek wrote during World War II to warn the British and Americans of the evils of socialism popular in Germany in the 1930s (French writers “laid the foundations of modern socialism”). His writings resulted in “The Road to Serfdom,” a classic social and economic argument against socialism.
Hayek wrote: “Socialist theory and socialist tactics, even where they have not been dominated by Marxist dogma, have been based everywhere on the idea of a division of society into two classes with common but mutually conflicting interests: capitalists and industrial workers.” Socialists “disliked the capitalist system and wanted a deliberate sharing-out of wealth according to their ideas of justice.”
Sadly, many Americans now hold that view.
Thus, we have come to “two Americas.” The question: Who will succumb to the evils of socialism and live in bondage to a federal government, and who will choose to live in places that largely remain part of the former “land of the free”?
My choice is the latter. And they are mostly in Southern States.