The Myth, The Lie, and the Injustice of Socialism: Part 4 - The 20th Century Fox
During the late 19th century, Planet Earth experienced two different types of revolution and civil war.
Both were steeped in different political and economic ideologies.
The truth is that one was for the greater good, and the other was not.
It was a lie…
The Industrial Revolution in America provided a steady income to anyone who was willing to work for it.
This was a new phenomenon…
As such, it took some time to work out the kinks, and to provide safe working conditions for workers.
That said, more people were lifted out of poverty during this time than at any other point in human history!
The other side of the pond was in a state of upheaval, brought on by rogue radicals stirring up trouble to attain power.
The Communist Revolution was built on the notion that it was a better life for the workers.
The proletariat became slaves in labor camps (called gulags), so that was a lie.
At the dawn of the 20th century, America had both political and social economic leaders, such as Abraham Lincoln, Elizabeth Cody Stanton, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, and Samuel Gompers.
As many revolutionaries do, these leaders put their thoughts into writing!
They gave us the Gettysburg Address, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Declaration of Women's Rights, as well as the Gospel of Wealth, and the Ironmaster.
Those last two documents were testimonies of building wealth, of building humility, and of giving to charity by the grace of God.
A huge mass of people in America were mobilized into both a voice and a vote that was heard, and that's the truth!
In Eastern Europe, on the other hand, the revolutionaries were Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, and Mao Zedong.
They left us with Daily Accountability, Sheet Kapital, and several versions of the Communist Manifesto.
Millions died as a result of their documents…
The United States of America did fight its own bloody Civil War…
Roughly a half a million Americans died between 1861 to 1865 as a result of it!
Upon its completion, the Union was saved, and slavery was abolished.
The former slaves joined the Republic with the right to vote in 1870.
The Communist Revolution and the following Civil Wars killed over 500 million people.
Before they were killed, they were unarmed, they were starved, and they were imprisoned.
Millions died, but they were already dying because life was taken out of them when they lost their freedom.
Now that's social injustice!
In the year 1900, the representative Republic was working, and the free market economy was ecstatic with innovative technology and resources.
When added to the Great American work ethic, the USA soon produced over one-third of the world's manufacturing.
Over one-third of Europe was beset in conflict, famine, tyranny, warfare, and oppression.
Work was plentiful in the United States, and Eastern European immigrants were hungry for it!
The hours were long, and they were hard.
The work was dangerous!
Even so, working 12 to 15 hours a day meant ZERO hours starving in America.
America would move forward into what was known as the Progressive Era.
Labor laws moved quickly to catch up!
The workers got labor unions, a voice, and a vote.
Millions did not die.
Socialism has always been the party of ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again…’
Its family tree might look something like this:
Robert Owens gave birth to Marxism, who bore Lenin, Stalin, and Zedong.
Fascism and Nazism came by C-Section, and Democratic Socialism was adopted.
In other words, it doesn't matter what name you put before or after - It's still Socialism!
It is relevant today, because we hear that ‘This Time It's Different!’
A welfare state isn't much better, and I will explain why in a coming piece, 'Feeling the Bern.'
The philosophy has never gotten a real stronghold here, because the Great American work ethic has been too strong.
Despite our ability to stave it off, I worry about tomorrow...
Stand up, America!