1. Socialists* promise free stuff
Socialists* have no qualms about promising other people’s money and property in order to buy votes and loyalty. In their quest to attain power over the people they will reverse reality, such that it is ‘greedy’ to keep one’s hard earned money but ‘liberal’ to steal it from someone else.
They will couch these promises in flowery terms of income equality or ‘Social Justice’ to provide a thin veneer of morality to outright theft at the point of a gun. Oftentimes these assurances will have the underlying implications of free stuff, but worded so that it is a somehow a noble gesture to receive stolen goods.
These assurances of wealth transfers to those who support the Socialists* can be in general form or specific goodies to be handed out – but only when couched in altruistic terminology. This is so the potential recipients of such largess can still think of themselves as merely contributing to the common good while getting freebies, free healthcare or free higher education are prime examples.
Those in favour of such theft through the proxy of a big and wonderful socialist government would like to think of themselves righting past wrongs most have never experienced. Far better that a small business owner has her property stolen and fund their 6 year degree in cis-transgender studies than said owner expand her business and create more jobs. Somehow their theft is all for the ‘greater good’ of everyone else because they get to decide that it’s more important to have such experts than employment for the people.
2. Socialists* gain control based on these promises.
This is either done through evolutionary means, the incremental take-over of government by socialists* who quite often deny they are Socialists*. This is the “One man [or woman], One Vote, ONCE process. Whereby the Socialists* promise loot in exchange for loyalty and votes, attain power and never yield it until their system fails yet again. While advertised as ‘democratic’ it exhibits the worst aspects of this concept of the majority victimizing the minority. For there will always be many those of a lower station will to roll the dice on Socialism** than those unwilling to have their wealth ‘redistributed’. In essence, this is a formalized Mob rule with the ballot box and elections replacing the torch and the pitchfork.
Then there are the revolutionary means by which a small but armed minority seizes power and promptly disarms the populace so the reverse doesn’t take place. Soon after, all will be good in a “Worker’s Paradise with only minor necessity of the oppression of the populace and a few million die by firing squad or forced starvation.
This stage will also see the beginnings of the socialist* putting in place the means by which they will keep a tight grip on power to the exclusion of democracy.
There will be various types of ‘social’ programs that will ostensibly help the poor, but only set them on a path of permanent dependency. One only has to examine the results of their “Great Society” to see how much the Socialists* care about holding onto power than caring about people.
In many cases, they will also set up government bureaucracies meant to oppress any opposition to the socialist national agenda. This ranges from secret police agencies in the use of existing services such as the IRS to tamp down those the opposition.
The Socialists* will also continually press for the registration and confiscation of the people’s means of Self-Defense to the point of obsession. For it is well nigh impossible to forcibly take from some according to their ability when people can resist said force.
3. Socialists* resort to lies and force when these promises cannot be fulfilled.
“From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.”
The blunt fact is that the basic precepts of Socialism** are contrary to the psychological principle of Operant Conditioning:
“Behavior which is reinforced tends to be repeated (i.e. strengthened); behavior which is not reinforced tends to die out-or be extinguished (i.e. weakened).”
Thus when people are punished for being productive [From each according to their abilities] and rewarded for sloth [To each according to their abilities] the system breaks down. When the hard earned money of the productive is stolen from them, it discourages productive behaviour. Conversely, when the unproductive receive unearned monetary rewards they are encouraged to continue this behaviour.
We are told by the Socialists* to ignore this basic psychological concept with various convenient rationalizations. The problem for them is the fact that this principle had shown it’s practical effects over centuries of evidence. Of course, this isn’t the first reality defying progress prognostication, and it won’t be the last, and it doesn’t matter how many times such falsehoods are repeated.
If people are punished for working they will work less, if people are rewarded for indolence they will be indolent. This took place with the experimentation with socialism in the first permanent settlements in the Americas centuries ago and it’s taking place in Socialist* nations at present.
Thus various forms of force have to be utilized by the socialists* to keep them in power. These range from the use of ‘revolutionary terror’ or ‘Red Terror’ to suppress dissent. To Leftists in the states losing their ever loving minds over the people having the temerity to vote them out of their birthright to power.
4. When it inevitably fails, Socialists* parrot the ‘it wasn’t really Socialism** lie’ and start over with promises for free stuff with a new name.
It is inevitable that over time a Socialist* system will break down and fail despite the repression unleashed on the people and a high body count. In many regimes with totalitarian tendencies, the situation will become so dire that the people will rise up and remove the Socialists* from power. In others the Socialists* will be voted out of office.
Of course, were the Socialists* truly concerned about the fate of their subjects, they would examine where they went wrong and try something different. They could reject their base ideology and turn to something that works, but there are some so imbued with attaining power this way they have no other ideology.
Since they cannot abandon their centuries old ideology, they have to recast it as something else with a new label. Such explains the plethora of labels for essentially the same concept. With socialism** a known failure, they just called it communism,* when that failed to work as advertised, they called it Democratic socialism** over and over again.
The dilemma for the Socialists* then becomes one of explaining away the centuries of repeated failure of their base ideology. To which they utilized the basic expedient of lying about why it failed.
These range from the “no true Scotsman’s” fallacy of claiming that socialist* systems of the past weren’t actually socialist or claiming that those past failures fell under another convenient rubric.
The use of the dictionary oxymoron “State Capitalism” is one of their favourites. With that little ditty they can cast their socialist* brethren as something else, with the implication that it is the opposite of what they are. They can use that little turn of phrase to advocate socialism as the practical alternative to ‘capitalism’.
At some point the people have to wake up to this repeated deception and recognize the lies being told to them, hence the purpose of this dissertation. It’s main purpose is to identify the Socialist* scam by it’s characteristics instead of the labels used by it’s purveyors. People should question the basic premise of Socialism and why is has failed time and time again over the centuries. They should question why the left keeps on calling by different names and why they cannot be honest about those repeated failures, not to mention it’s blood soaked history of oppression and mass murder. They should question why the left cannot answer the question socialism** being imposed at the point of a gun.
There is an old saying that “if something is too good to be true, it probably isn’t.” Such is the case with Socialism or it’s many synonyms.