The Empty Promise of Socialism, and its Neglected History

Socialism is an economic theory which promises equality, but ends in widespread poverty and suffering. In a socialist country, the leader has control over the means of production, and where those products are then distributed. In other words, socialism is tyranny, and thievery. As shown plenty of times throughout history, socialism has failed time and again, and resulted in world war, poverty, murder, civil-wars, and countless inhumane crimes.

 

At the turn of the 20th Century, nearly the entire western world moved toward socialism, each head of state going about it in their own way. From 1900 to 1920, when numerous heads of states implemented socialism at varying degrees, the first world war broke out. Eventually, in the latter years of the 20th Century, because of socialism that was still being implemented and tried, we had a second world war, a cold war, and numerous civil wars. Below are some prominent figures during those times, and some historical facts of what they did in the name of socialism:

 

Vladimir Lenin – Overthrew the government in 1917 by building an army of common folk, popularly named Bolsheviks, aka, Red Army. The uprising plunged the country into a 3-year civil war. During that time, Vladimir seized control of all manufacturing and industry in the country, using the surplus grain from peasants to feed his Red Army. Because of this state-owned economy, industrial and economical output, plummeted. The nation was thrust into poverty, as 5 million died from starvation in 1921. Also, in 1918, in the span of about a month, Lenin caused his secret police to murder 100,00 members that were oppositional to his power.

 

Kaiser Wilhelm – The German Emperor and King of Prussia from 1888 – 1918: Kaiser waged war to spread marxist socialism. He was one of the most recognizable names in World War l, and a large factor in the cause to the war. About 37 million casualties died during the war, including civilians and military personnel.

 

Woodrow Wilson – President of the United States, 1913  – 1921: Woodrow implemented a softer form of socialism with the Underwood Simmons Act. This act imposed a Federal Income Tax, which took a percentage of every individuals’ earnings, as well as created a system that regulated the nation’s bank, and revenue supplies. The act took money out of the pockets of the common folk, giving it straight to the government. With time, this act actually damaged businesses in America, and hurt its citizens. FDR followed in Wilson’s footsteps, with much of the same progressive, socialist ideas.

 

Mao Zedong – Chairman to the Communist Party of China, 1949 – 1976: Zedong also waged wars to spread marxist socialism. He alone killed 45 million in only four years. According to an expert with access to official communist documents, he qualifies for the greatest mass murderer in world history.

 

Joseph Stalin – General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 1943 – 1953 – Joseph reigned in terror, killing an estimated 20 million of his own people in the name of socialism. Once he gained power, he collectivized farming and had his political enemies executed or sent to forced labor camps(Gulags). In 1939, Stalin and Hitler signed a nonaggression pact on the eve of World War ll.

 

The implementation of socialism of these individuals showed a power grab from the major powers of the world, gaining traction on their people or other nations. It is no mere coincidence that the whole world shifted toward socialism in the 20th Century, and that, that was the most war torn and death ridden era in the history of the world.

 

With the rise in socialist beliefs among millennials, and three democratic socialists in office, the possibility of socialism rising in the States, is increasing. The new green deal, set forth by Alexandria Cortez, has underlying socialist aspects. Part of the deal is the partial government control of farmlands, and currency, which has been presented in the name of equality.

 

Socialism is tyranny. Socialism is control, and the forfeit of freedom. Socialism leads to national poverty. Socialism ends with starvation and death.

 

We must not give place for the enemy of the people any longer. We must educate the rising generations, and stand up to our propagandized education system.

STEVEN E. WHITE