Socialism: A Terminal Disease of Democracy

This is the introductory note on the topic of Socialism. Our intuition is that our Western democratic societies are in terminal decline. The primary cause we attribute to the growth of command and control economies and the implementation of entitlement programs in the form of a so-called social safety net. The irony in the term most likely escapes the majority of believers in it. Nets can rescue falling people. They can also entrap as we are beginning to discover.

This is  a huge theme that the left in our society defend with a religious dogmatism and fervor. It is a topic that is wide and deep enough to consume all a person’s time and energy. We have neither the time nor the desire to make this kind of commitment. Yet we are convinced that it is one of the dominant forces of our age. As such we have decided to begin an open series on the topic. We will use short posts based on particular issues, articles, events and ideas as they arise or come to our attention, similar to our “Flash Point” series.

Socialism is endemic throughout the West and the limitation on our reporting will be from out available time and not available issues or material. We begin with a first note: Socialism: “When Work Is Punished: The Tragedy Of America’s Welfare State”. We will try and keep a historical collection of links within this theme so the reader can move around in it.

To anchor this series, we will reproduce a definition of socialism from Wikipedia:

Socialism is an economic system characterised by social ownership of the means of production and co-operative management of the economy,[1] and a political philosophy advocating such a system. “Social ownership” may refer to cooperative enterprises, common ownership, state ownership, or citizen ownership of equity.[2] There are many varieties of socialism and there is no single definition encapsulating all of them.[3] They differ in the type of social ownership they advocate, the degree to which they rely on markets or planning, how management is to be organised within productive institutions, and the role of the state in constructing socialism.[4]

In addition to the features described in the quote, one of the primary characteristics of socialist programs in the redistribution of wealth.

We will, as stated above, explore some of the aspects of this definition as they arise naturally in our reading and writing. In particular, we will justify the title of this note that has hopefully captured your interest.

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