Socialism Loves Misery

 

“As love of liberty grows dim under socialistic suffocation, as coercion increases, the more brutal it will become.  The basic methods of procedure were stated by Karl Marx, and they have been accepted, in varying degrees, by many who are not conscious of their origin.  Marx was deeply interested in progress.  For this reason, a clever social planner will provoke violence and bloody conflicts.  Happy men are weak, but if they can be made wretched, they can be stirred to action.  Class must be played against class, and hatred must be stimulated.  The economy of nations must be ruined by huge governmental expenditures that lead to bankruptcy.  Demagogues, willing to be looked on as God, will deceive the people with impossible promises of freedom from want and freedom from fear.  Then a dictator can liquidate the remaining opposition and take control.”

 

 

Gordon Clark, A Christian View of Men and Thing P. 56 (1952)

2 thoughts on “Socialism Loves Misery

  1. People are always tempted to vote away their freedom for bread.

    It’s easier than risking hunger for the sake of self-determination. Easier than accepting personal responsibility at the cost of ease.

    Owning one’s self can never be had without self-sacrifice and can never be sustained without the threat of servitude. There is always someone out there that would like to own you as much as you would like to own yourself, and is willing to test how much you will pay to keep your freedom.

    God has given us a precious thing in giving us self governance. It is incredibly rare and will probably not last, but it is much easier to preserve when one has it than it is to gain once one has lost it. Gaining it always costs blood more than words.

    Without a focused determination upon our duty to God and our duty to our neighbor we are slaves already, and the incremental descent into the actualization of it through the political process is just the time between the fall and the inevitable impact.

    Neiswonger

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  2. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

    As I read this portion of the Declaration of Independence, I notice how dependent it is upon the “people’s choice.” Governments are instituted by a people who consent to be governed as long as it brings them “Safety and Happiness.” The people have the “Right” to “alter or abolish” government if it becomes “destructive.” (With the knowledge that certain abuses are “transient,” and folks should be “accustomed” to some “suffering” for a time.) But people should never tolerate “absolute Despotism.” They have a “right and a duty” to throw this off and establish a new form of “security.” (All this with first acknowledging “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God [not included in the above quote].)

    So if governments are established by ‘consenters’ who can discern the difference between ‘God’s Law’ and ‘Despotism’s Law,’ we should all be fine!

    As Lincoln put it, “Government of the people, by the people, and for the people are doomed because of the people…”

    Something like that.

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