November 7 marked the 100-year anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, thus marking the 100-year anniversary of communism on Earth. Communism is one of the worst things to happen to civilization, yet there is a trend developing in the United States that’s bringing the century old political belief back into the spotlight.
According to the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s annual report and information collected by the data firm YouGov, approximately half of millennials would prefer to live in a socialist or communist country. Yet, according to the same information, 71 percent of those surveyed could not define communism.
Now, I don’t think communism is making a comeback, but it is the trendy ideology preferred in some young political circles. Some may be screaming at this article right now because I’m using the words communism and socialism in the same light. Of course, because I believe socialism is the adolescent little brother of communism. There’s no denying it. Both advocate the idea of a utopian, post-state society, yet the only way to achieve such an ideal is the complete and total takeover of all facets of citizen’s lives, compelling them to bow down to the state.
Even Vladimir Lenin’s teachings fall in accordance with what I’m trying to get across: “The goal of socialism is communism.”
Here are some warning signs to know if your home country is on the verge of becoming a socialist state; government controled healthcare, and the ending of an armed citizenry. Sound familiar?
In China under the communist regime, Mao attempted to collectivize agriculture and do away with any form of private property, the regime induced a man-made famine that led to the death of 45 million people. China, which is technically still communist today, outlaws Christianity because it doesn’t want the citizenry to have philosophies other than those of the Communist party. Last week, China’s Communist party leaders were threatening to revoke poverty relief packages designated for rural Chinese Christians if they didn’t replace images of Jesus with images of Communist Party Chairman Xi Jinping with the aim to “transform believers in religion into believers in the party,” according to South China Morning Post.
Altogether, 100 million people have died at the hands of tyrannical communist governments. Millions of people died in the Soviet Union’s Gulag camps, millions died in the “Killing Fields” of Cambodia and millions more under the communist Ethiopian government.
The fact of the matter is that in a centrally planned economy, where the state regulates production and distribution of goods and services with high tax rates and no individual property rights, poverty ensues. A state of dependency ensues, in which the workers do as little as possible because there is no incentive for their work. The number of items produced decreases, which drives up the price of goods. The items produced go back to the state to be spread where they are needed. There is an old Soviet adage that can still be applied to this economic system, “we pretend to work, and they pretend to pay.”
Socialists like to defend the northern European countries as the bastions of modern-day socialism. Yet, prosperity has occurred because Sweden introduced school-choice into their society, and Denmark cut their corporate tax rates as well as partly privatizing their social security.
Socialists hearken their economics to the utopian “I want free stuff,” economics. But unfortunately, there is no such thing as free. The United States’ spending deficit continues to skyrocket, and our combined gross national debt is hovering around $19 trillion.
According to the National Review, if we wanted to fund social programs, like free college, single-payer healthcare and enforcing a “living-wage,” we would have to double our federal revenue. I promise you, the “one percent” won’t be the only people getting taxed.
Ever since the fall of the USSR, the global poverty rate has plummeted from 37 percent to 10 percent. Why? Maybe it’s because more and more countries are embracing the idea of working yourself to the top without depending on anyone else. The free market opens up opportunity to innovate in ways that the Communist state would not allow you to, because then you become competition to the state.
Look no further than the auto industry of Germany. In the former West Germany, they had Mercedes-Benz. In East Germany, they had the Trabant. Has anybody ever heard of the Trabant? I’ll wait.
Whether you like it or not, the United States of America was founded on the principle that no government ought to tell its people what to do. In fact, we are a system where “governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” We seem to have lost the idea of personal responsibility and “We the People.” I don’t apologize for defending market-based capitalism, because it works. I don’t want this country to become a Venezuela or Cuba, because this is America.
So for those millennials who would rather live in a socialist or communist country, take a lesson from the late, great Merle Haggard: “If you don’t love it, leave it.”