Philosophy of Evil
Socialism In America
By Jerry McDaniel
Chapter 1
American Socialism Identified
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Socialism in America

"The struggle of History is not
between the bourgeoisie and the
proletariat; it is between government
and the governed."

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    “Here I encounter the most popular fallacy of our times. It is not considered sufficient that the law should be just; it
    must be philanthropic. Nor is it sufficient that the law should guarantee to every citizen the free and inoffensive use
    of his faculties for physical, intellectual, and moral self-improvement. Instead, it is demanded that the law should
    directly extend welfare, education, and morality throughout the nation. This is the seductive lure of socialism. …
    These two uses of the law are in direct contradiction to each other. We must choose between them. A citizen cannot at
    the same time be free and not free.”
    ~~Frederic Bastiat, THE LAW, 1850~~

For many Americans, the election of Barack Obama to the office of President in 2008 marked the end--- at least
temporarily--- of constitutional government and the rule of law that has guided the progress of America for the past 220
years.  However, although he may be the first to set out deliberately and consciously to destroy America’s capitalist system
and replace it with a socialist one, President Obama is only the latest in a long line of progressive (American socialist)
Presidents. He is though, the first President since Woodrow Wilson to disparage our Constitution publicly, calling it a “flawed
document” and promising to remake America into what the Founders would have wanted it to be, had they been more

Few Americans would knowingly embrace socialism, having witnessed the destruction and misery it caused around the
world during the last century. And yet, for more than a hundred years America has been slowly but inexorably inching
toward a socialist form of government. The explanation for this is found in the fact that socialism is never presented as
socialism but as liberalism, or more recently, progressivism. Norman Thomas, six-time Presidential candidate of the Socialist
Party of America, said in a 1944 speech,

    "The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of 'liberalism' they will adopt every
    fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it

A similar sentiment was written by Upton Sinclair, who ran twice for Congress on the Socialist Party Ticket before running
for the governorship of California on the Democratic Ticket in 1934. In a letter to Norman Thomas, Sinclair wrote,

    “The American People will take socialism, but they won’t take the label. I certainly proved it in the case of EPIC.
    Running on the Socialist Ticket, I got 60,000 votes, and running [as a Democrat] on the slogan, ‘to end poverty in
    California’ I got 879,000. I think we simply have to recognize the fact that our enemies have succeeded in spreading
    the Big Lie. There is no use attacking it by a front attack, it is much better to outflank them.”

Due to the stigma attached to socialism, most American socialists vehemently deny the label. Karl Marx is usually considered
the founder of socialism and progressives insist that his definition is the only true one. They contend that real socialism only
exists where the means of production are owned by the government. That definition confuses a goal of socialism with the
ideology itself.  Although ownership is the ultimate goal of socialists, their interim goal is to control industry and business
through regulation.

    “In the short term we can’t eliminate private corporations, but we can bring them under greater democratic control.
    The government could use regulations and tax incentives to encourage companies to act in the public interest and
    outlaw destructive activities such as exporting jobs to low-wage countries and polluting our environment. Public
    pressure can also have a critical role to play in the struggle to hold corporations accountable. Most of all, socialists
    look to unions to make private business more responsible.”
    ~ Democratic Socialist of America (2010)

As Marx and Engels point out in The Communist Manifesto, there are many different types of socialism.

Since its publication in 1848, The Communist Manifesto has become the most influential political document in history. Its
influence reaches into the centers of power in virtually every civilized nation on earth including our own.  The overwhelming
majority of America’s political class embrace its basic tenets while denying that the ideas they espouse amount to socialism.
The same is true for members of the popular media, academia, and a majority of the American public. As Upton Sinclair and
Norman Thomas pointed out, the American people will not accept the socialist label, but they will willingly accept its agenda
under a different name.

    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the
    gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the
    gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor
    appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he
    appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and
    unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A
    murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.”
           ~Marcus Tullius Cicero )

The American socialist does not express his ideology openly. Instead, he talks in jargon and “code words” intended to entice
and mislead. Words like “bourgeoisie” and “proletariat” sound foreign to the American ear, so the progressive speaks of “the
rich” and the “working people”. Instead of talking about transfer payments and wealth redistribution, he talks of “social
justice”.   Frederic Bastiat, the nineteenth century French philosopher and legal scholar quoted earlier, describes socialism as
“legal plunder” and gives a clear, unequivocal and easy to understand definition of it in his book
“THE LAW” published in
1850, as socialism was gaining a foothold in France.  

    “But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to
    them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of
    another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime. “Then abolish this law without
    delay, for it is not only an evil itself, but also it is a fertile source for further evils because it invites reprisals. If such
    a law—which may be an isolated case— is not abolished immediately, it will spread, multiply, and develop into a

    “The person who profits from this law will complain bitterly, defending his acquired rights. He will claim that the
    state is obligated to protect and encourage his particular industry; that this procedure enriches the state because the
    protected industry is thus able to spend more and to pay higher wages to the poor workingmen.

    “Do not listen to this sophistry by vested interests. The acceptance of these arguments will build legal plunder into a
    whole system. In fact, this has already occurred. The present day delusion is an attempt to enrich everyone at the
    expense of everyone else; to make plunder universal under the pretense of organizing it.”
           ~ Frederic Bastiat (1850)

The essence of socialism is deception. At first glance, it appears that its policies are motivated by the highest of human ideals:
compassion, concern, caring, sympathy, etc. Socialists’ appeals are made on behalf of the poor, the children, the
disenfranchised, and those who have been unfortunate in life’s lottery. The reality is that socialism appeals to the basest of
human flaws: jealousy, hatred, greed and envy.

Masquerading as the savior of humanity, in reality all socialism, whether labeled socialism, Nazism, fascism, commun-ism, or
progressivism is the very essence of evil. During the twentieth century, socialism in its various forms was responsible for the
slaughter of untold millions of innocent people through genocide, war, and political purges. In the Union of Soviet Socialistic
Republics, 60 million were slaughtered; under the National Socialists German Workers Party, 20 million; and under the
People’s Republic of China, 50 million. Add to that the millions who died under Pol Pot, Castro, Ho Chi Minh, and other
socialists dictators, and you have an unbelievable amount of human suffering that can only be ascribed to evil. For those
unfortunate enough to live under one of the forms of socialism, life consists of misery, oppression and deprivation.

Considering the consistent failure of socialism during its two-hundred year history, it is difficult to understand how any sane
person could voluntarily choose it as the preferred systems of government and economics. There has never been an
experiment in socialism of any duration that can be pointed to as an example of a successful society. Every time it is tried, it
fails miserably. Deception, corruption, envy, greed, jealously, coercion, thievery and wholesale murder mark the existence of
socialism in the world. That being the case, how then, does socialism continue to expand its influence?

Socialism appeals to the masses because it is based on the most ignoble elements of fallen man’s nature, envy, jealousy and
greed. Real greed comes not from capitalism but from progressivism (American socialism). Its number one attraction is a
promise to provide people with economic benefits they have not earned by forcefully taking from the earnings of others. To
condone, and even encourage this “legal plunder” is the epitome of greed. Socialism operates as a parasite on the body
politic.  It takes the earned wealth of the productive members of society and redistributes it to the less productive members
until all the accumulated wealth is dissipated.  If unchecked, the process continues until all members of society, with the
exception of the ruling elite, are living in deprivation and poverty.  Average citizens are eventually reduced to a state of
servitude to the state.
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