Socialism (ˈsəʊʃəˌlɪzəm) n
- (Economics) an economic theory or system in which the means of production, distribution, and exchange are owned by the community collectively, usually through the state. It is characterized by production for use rather than profit, by equality of individual wealth, by the absence of competitive economic activity, and, usually, by government determination of investment, prices, and production levels. Compare capitalism
- (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) any of various social or political theories or movements in which the commonwelfare is to be achieved through the establishment of a socialist economic system
- (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Leninist theory) a transitional stage after the proletarian revolution in thedevelopment of a society from capitalism to communism: characterized by the distribution of income according to work rather than need1
It was announced early this evening that Bernie Sanders had won the New Hampshire Democratic Primary.2 Of course, political junkies knew he was in the lead at 12:01 AM when he had won the race in Dixville Notch 4-0 over Hilary Clinton. She never stood a chance.
While it is frightening enough that anyone would even consider voting for either Democrat candidate in the presidential race, it should scare you to death to see that an avowed socialist won the nation’s first primary election. Yet, if you ask any college student exactly what a socialist is, few will be able to give a working definition of the word. For that matter, I don’t believe many older voters could answer that.
In a high school economics class I was in many years ago, it was made quite clear to us that socialism was a step toward communism. Because we were in the midst of the Cold War, the very word “communist” struck fear in high school students. Doing anything that was considered a movement from capitalism to socialism was unthinkable.
Like millions of other high school students across the nation, we discovered the evils of socialism and communism not in economics class,though, but in literature. Required to read the classic George Orwell novel “1984,” we learned through the plight of the characters how easy it would be for the government to gain total control of every facet of the lives of even the most ordinary people.
I never thought it would happen to us. I couldn’t imagine placing a speck of dust on a diary in order to discover if someone else had read it. The year 1984 has long since passed. Now we make it simple for our government to know our every move, location, purchases, and even what we ate for dinner. Somehow, along the way, we have come to love “Big Brother,” just as Winston Smith did in the novel.
What happened? Our government-schools have created a society that believes that only the government can and will protect them, feed them, clothe them, pay for their education, give them free health care, provide them with jobs, and even raise their children. With an education like that, it should surprise no one that a socialist was given the nod in New Hampshire.
According to Curtis Bowers, by 2020, the left is set to control approximately 55% of the voting bloc.3 They will have been trained via the lack of legitimate educational standards in our public schools to believe that socialism is the best means to a Utopian society.
If we lose in 2016, there will be no need to show up in 2020.
1Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014