By Chelene Nightingale
Capitalism is evil….well from a communist’s perspective! In light of the recent elections in Greece, the Ferguson-inspired riots in America, and increasing minimum wage discussions, communism has dominated news headlines. Since America’s existence, the country has enjoyed leading the world in economic prosperity.while ranking at the top, or near the top, of thefreedom index. The United States has been the beacon of light for millions of immigrants escaping their homeland oppression. So the perplexing question is…why do communists despise ‘capitalism’?
Recently a self-proclaimed communist tweeted me a message asking why I liked the Constitution and Capitalism? I simply tweeted back, “freedom and liberty”. Not satisfied with my reply, he continued to barrage me with a series of tweets in an attempt to ‘change my view’. Unfortunately for his time, he only confirmed my resolve to defend a Free Republic. However I did observe his only argument for collectivism, “workers earn more money and the elite are ‘forced’ to give”. So is his point regarding communist workers earning more money true? First, one must understand that communism is both an economic and ideological system for which all citizens are supposed to be considered equal in most areas including wages. In Communist China the average wage per day (in US dollars) is $15 with an annual minimum wage of $2,472 ; ; ;Cuba’s average income is $20 per month with an annual minimum wage of $108; limited data for North Korea states the average income is $1 per day; and the average Russian income seems to average approximately $250 per month with an annual minimum wage of $2,161. In stark contrast, the United State’s average annual income, according to the latest Census, is $51, 371 with an annual minimum wage of $15, 080. Furthermore, when you examine the freedom index, America is ranked 12th proving the country ranks strong in both dollar and cost of living compared to the majority of countries around the world.
Many collectivist essays online want everyone to believe that communism wipes out poverty, but if this was true, why the real life stories and news from people in communist/socialist/marxist countries crying out for help to end poverty? Why the mass border invasion into America from socialist countries like Mexico and South America? In fact is it not the communists shouting at Americans wanting secure borders that the “undocumented workers” are only coming here for a better life? If the socialist-communist economic system was “better” than would it not be Americans illegally crossing into the border of Mexico instead? What exactly am I missing because their reasoning makes zero sense to me?
Well the communist tweeter also claimed that under communism, the wealthy are “forced” to give. Personally, I rebel against force! And frankly is it really “giving” with a generous heart under duress? Moreover according to the latest World Charity Index, the CAPITALIST-leaning countries the United States and Myanmar tie for first place of most charitable! Intriguing considering Communist China is home to the most billionaires in the world. Therefore, based on the communist philosophy, China should have topped the world’s “charity” list. Wait! How can a communist country be host to both the most billionaires and oppression? How does this fit into the definition of communism? Google and you will find nervous collectivists attempting to claim China has become a crony-capitalist country. “They have eyes but cannot see…..”
The brilliant author of “Atlas Shrugged” (on every capitalist’s bookshelf), Ayn Rand, lived under both a communist system and a capitalist system. She admitted that capitalism was not perfect, but it was less evil than communism. Besides writing about John Galt, she also declared the following, “Government ‘help’ to business is just as disastrous as government persecution… the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off” From Thomas Jefferson to Ronald Reagan, many have shared Ms. Rand’s exact sentiment. Confirming this idea, F.A. Hayek warned in his enlightening book, “The Road to Serfdom”, .“It is true that the virtues which are less esteemed and practiced now–independence, self-reliance, and the willingness to bear risks, the readiness to back one’s own conviction against a majority, and the willingness to voluntary cooperation with one’s neighbors–are essentially those on which the of an individualist society rests. Collectivism has nothing to put in their place, and in so far as it already has destroyed then it has left a void filled by nothing but the demand for obedience and the compulsion of the individual to what is collectively decided to be good.”
Thus the only two “points” attempted by the annoying communist tweeter are completely debunked by actual facts, examples, and statistics. Despite the debunking, Rasmussen revealed in a poll that 11% of Americans preferred communism. Since the poll is now 4 years old, my guess is that the number may now be within the 15-20% range. However the poll proves that the February 16th, 2009 Newsweek cover was mere propaganda with their headline “We Are All Socialists Now”. The article certainly read like a “sales pitch” towards a socialist United States. As a matter of fact the magazine’s editor Jon Meacham wrote, “Whether we want to admit it or not the America of 2009 is moving toward a modern European state.” And in stark contrast to former President Ronald Reagan’s warning that “government was the problem”, the European Newsweek editor Michael Freedman penned, “…….government can actually be a part of the solution.”
How can government be an economic solution while possessing an over $18 trillion debt? In point of fact the United States projected debt by the end of 2015 is $21.694 trillion!! Coinciding with the debt of the country, citizens are experiencing historic high personal debt, unemployment and underemployment rates which are all contributing factors in the diminishing of the middle class. . Further disconcerting statistics show more than 46 million people in the third most populated country in the world is dependent upon food stamps. In fact, federal data released less than a month ago reveals one in five children in the nation relying on food benefits to eat.. Nevertheless, last year congress approved a bill, signed into law by Obama, to reduce the food stamp benefits by $8.7 billion over the next decade. Yet collectivists demand bigger government as a solution for the poor and disadvantaged. But if this ideology was accurate, then the high-tax, large bureaucratic state of California would not cause the mass exodus into the lower-tax, smaller government state of Texas. Concurrently the Lone Star State enjoys ranking high on the most recent Mercatus Center-George Mason University Freedom List while the former Golden State ranks near last due to restrictive policies.
Frankly since all statistics prove individuals are freer and wealthier in a free market, limited government system, I agree with an archived article at http://www.mises.org regarding people still attracted to statism being due to issues involving personal accountability. The author of the article, Luca Ferrini, brilliantly wrote the following synopsis:
“……. some people, by virtue of having been socialized under statist conditions, are not attracted to the responsibility that comes with the idea of freedom.
To believe in private property rights and a free society means to make a great call for responsibility: what society should do should be done by you, or by others in cooperation with you, but not by the collective. The obligation falls on individuals, and everyone is made responsible for his actions. If you make a mistake, you pay. If you succeed, you get the benefit and are free to choose what to do with it.
In contrast, the enlargement of the state always means an attack on responsibility. Under a communist regime, self-responsibility is eliminated. The more a government intrudes into citizens’ lives, the less people feel a sense of responsibility for their actions. Bureaucrats do not typically have full responsibility for their actions. Politicians, central bankers, and judges do not pay for their mistakes. They experience a kind of immunity from bearing blame for the consequences of their actions during the time they are in power.”
Statist leaders tend to impose “cult of personalities” and God-complexes believing that only they can take care of you and unfortunately too many follow due to “self-responsibility” and state-controlled propaganda which starts in their public “education” programs and continues via ‘media’ and arts & entertainment.
The truth is there is ONLY one God! Fortunately in Communist China, Christianity is growing at an extremely rapid pace with experts citing the country will be the leading Christian nation in the world within the next 15 years. Naturally President Xi Jinping is cracking down with increased police state actions and persecutions against these believers. Collectivist rulers are threatened by Christians due to the “freedom” one feels with enjoying a personal relationship with Christ. Christians do not need anyone to “take care of their lives” as we believe in personal accountability for our actions. Since a very centralized government is in control in China, it could take several years before the world sees any political changes, however just like Christianity affected Roman politics during the early days, the Chinese government will most likely one day reflect the faith of the majority.
In contrast as government is growing in America, Christianity is rapidly declining. Perhaps the statistics are appealing to the growing number of non-believers in the United States, however this should alarm every liberty-loving individual irregardless of belief system since historically freedom coincides with a society’s morality. In fact 19th Century-French classical liberal author and economist, Frederic Bastiat noted in his enlightening book “The Law”:
“Life, faculties, production — in other words, individuality, liberty, property — this is man. And in spite of the cunning of artful political leaders, these three gifts from God precede all human legislation, and are superior to it. Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.”
More concisely Founding Father and America’s second president, John Adams stated in a 1798 speech, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
The vibrant, rich history and attraction of the United States over other countries is simply due to the Republican form of government and free market system created nearly 250 years ago. However statists hate America and the associated values of the once great Free Republic, thus the current resident presiding in the Oval Office campaigned with the promise to “fundamentally transform” the country and an ill-informed people elected for this radical departure from a constitutional foundation. Bastiat also composed the following in his book, “The law has been perverted under the influence of two very different causes: unintelligent selfishness and false philanthropy.”
During his “hope and change” campaign, on June 28, 2006, Barrack Obama clearly stated the following words, “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation…..” Accidentally omitting words or not, his declaration accompanies the disturbing political reconstruction of the USA today. Intelligently Bastiat also composed the following accurate observation, “The law has been perverted under the influence of two very different causes: unintelligent selfishness and false philanthropy.” which plagues America today.
Scripture warns us about an oppressive ‘one world order’, however believers and non-believers alike may not be aware ofAlbert Pike or his eerie plans for the world inked in his infamous 1871 “Three World War Letters”. His ultimate goal for the world was to fully embrace Lucifer and in order for this to be fully implemented the Illuminati must empower communism while destroying all religions via allowing the dominance of Islam in order to weaken Christianity. Is it possible that former President George H.W. Bush agreed to these plans which is why he stated in a 1990 speech the words, “Welcome to the new world order”?
Perhaps the Bush patriarch is ‘secretive’ about his intentions, but Rockefeller patriarch, David certainly was candid on page 405 of his “Memoirs”: “Some even believe we (the Rockefeller family) are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure—one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”
Besides being “proud”, Mr. Rockefeller is also the founder of the Trilateral Commission, director of the “secret cabal”, Bilderbergs, and former director of the Council on Foreign Relations. These secret, elite groups include both prominent republican and democrat world leaders who meet to discuss and implement world policies. Whistleblowers have confirmed that the Bilderberg attendees were responsible for the foundation of the European Union.
If these world leaders are following the blueprint Pike set forth, then those who practice Islam or the political and economic systems of communism and/or socialism are simply pawns being used for the complete fulfillment of the one world order prophesied in the Bible including the descriptive Book of Revelations, Chapter 13 which includes the following message,
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
One does not need to be a follower of Christ to see the oppression increasing throughout the world. Whether being orchestrated by the Illuminati or not, the times are definitely ‘a-changing” towards bigger government and less virtue.
Recently I watched the excellent and moving film “American Sniper” and was moved by a line which stated there are 3 types of people in the world – wolves, sheepdogs, and sheep. The world leaders meeting behind closed doors for secret meetings are most definitely the wolves, however unfortunately the majority population are sheep following these leaders into their own slaughterhouse.
If capitalism was the ‘evil’ system, Albert Pike would have drafted his plan to include empowering the free market system worldwide. Perhaps capitalism is not perfect, just like imperfect human beings, however like Ms. Rand declared, it is ‘less evil than communism’.
Despite history and statistics, some will always be blind to the truth, however eventually the TRUTH ALWAYS PREVAIL. Let’s pray for all liberty-loving Americans the truth will shine a light sooner than later so all people can be set free!