“A society based on the freedom to choose is better than a society based on the principles of socialism, communism and coercion.” – Milton Friedman
MIT Press of all places has just published a new book extolling the ‘virtues’ of collectivism for our children. It’s overview reveals yet again that the left would it have that you and your children can seemingly revel in a “worker’s paradise” without Stasi, KGB, AVO or Gulags:
Once upon a time, people yearned to be free of the misery of capitalism. How could their dreams come true? This little book proposes a different kind of communism, one that is true to its ideals and free from authoritarianism.
And once again the Left’s dirty little secret rears is ugly head – that their authoritarian ideology can function without being authoritarian. Logic and history shows that this cannot be the case because of the necessity of an overarching entity to “redistribute the wealth” and run the economy. The author’s bias is also dreadfully apparent since history shows that it is Communism [or any variant thereof] that invariably equates to misery but that is a discussion for another day.
The oft repeated lie that Communism [or any variant thereof] can exist without authoritarianism is all too common with those trying to sell it to a new generation. This Communism without authoritarianism falsehood has been present since the days of Marx and Engels 170 years ago. Their postulation was that the state would “Wither away” and the result would be a classless society and all would be rainbows and unicorns forever more. This must be what the author is referring to as being “true to its ideals”.
The problem with this bit of historical bait and switch is that societies based on the principles of collectivism cannot function without any authoritarian underpinnings. Marx’s infamous edict of “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs” cannot be accomplished without coercion to take from some and hand it out to others. It also required when the people realise that the promises made in selling this system inevitably fail to come to fruition. History has proven this time and time again down through the decades. The misguided experiment of collectivism has resulted in oppression and mass murder to the tune of 100 million dead and yet the left continues to deny the reality of it’s base ideology.
Spend any time reading the dictionary definitions that reference the left (often times written by the Leftists themselves) one tends to notice a great deal of utopian and flowery language describing their theoretical ideas and concepts. Unfortunately, this fanciful language has nothing to do with the real world results of their theoretical constructs.
In most cases leftists will define themselves in optimal form casting their socialist national agenda in best possible light. And we’re not even verging on the positive sounding but vague terminology of ‘progressive’. Or the contradictory nature of the term ‘Liberal’ epitomised by Charles Krauthammer joke: “Liberal don’t care what you do as long as it’s mandatory”
And aside from the tired old ‘good intentions’ excuse the left has nothing positive to show for their efforts. At best in some cases their collectivist agenda has done nothing to help the people they purport to care about and at worst their base ideology has resulted in oppression and the deaths of millions.
The corollary to the Left’s dirty little secret that collectivism can work without an overarching authority is that it has never been really tried before. This is also repeated ad nauseam by the left to deny it’s incessant failure. This little bit of ideological legerdemain is accomplished by arbitrarily redefining a collectivist regime as something else, and voila! Communism [or any variant thereof] magically has a zero in the fail column. A socialist regime will inevitably crumble and the left will soon deny that it’s actually socialist. One of their favourite tactics is to rhetorically transform a Socialist – leftist failure as somehow being ‘right wing’ (does this sound familiar?).
One only has to take a look at the current events in Venezuela to see how collectivism plays out in a practical sense. Instead of a “worker’s paradise” the people are starving, having to eat garbage to survive. They suffer from improper medical care and the worst possible crime rates. Instead of being “free from authoritarianism” there is a multilayered system of oppression that ranges from gun toting government thugs known as colectivos (collectives) to a secret police apparatus Bolivarian Intelligence Service (SEBIN).
Down through the decades the left has tried to sell it’s base ideology while attempting to conceal it’s logical results. One cannot have a collectivist society without the application of terror or force. The basic tenet of communism is a command and control economy with people being an integral part of the system. The left would have you believe that in their fanciful world, this key part of the economy can function without command or control. Logic dictates that such collectivist ideologies require strict control in order to function, but no one in their right mind would fall for such ideological scams aside from those who would wield this control. Thus the Left keeps this aspect secret while actively working to maintain the deception. But logical reality has a way of revealing these deceptions.