Same Old Problems with the New Socialists

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Liberal Fascism

U.S.A. -(Ammoland.com)- The classical Democrat from the early 20th century supported individual independence. That changed in a number of important steps. Today we hear Progressive-Socialist-Communist Democrats steal the rhetoric of the 1920s as they promote the communism of 1917. That is a contradiction, and you can’t have it both ways. Citizens were better off with the old Democrats who were classical liberals.

Classical Liberalism- I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.

Progressivism- I disapprove of what you say, and I will publicly shame you, lobby to have you censored and demand you be fired from your job!

We’ve always had the problem of big-government colluding with big-industry. In the 1870s, the railroad shouldn’t be able to control the farmer. In the 1910s, the county road commissioner shouldn’t be able to extort bribes from the rural manufacturer who needed a road to his small factory. In the 1920s, the mine owner shouldn’t own the mine-town and its labor force. The common theme is that we want a number of employers who compete for local labor and who also compete against each other. That made sense back in the 1700s and it makes sense today. Back in the 1700s, Americans didn’t much care for government-granted monopolies, and we don’t much care for them today either.

In some ways, we have the same problems, except the Democrats, now rebranded as Progressive-Socialists-Communist Democrats, switched to the other side. Today, Google and your ISP shouldn’t own every online-click you ever made. The single mom should be able to arm herself and protect her family rather than have to beg her local bureaucrats for police protection from the drug gangs working her street.

From our perspective today, we can see the transition of the Democrats as they switched into the new labor coalition. The movement that was once filled with trade unions of the 1920s is now filled with the public employee unions of the 1970s. Today, the Socialists control state employees, who are then expected to politically support the state Socialist party. Sadly, any other activity of state government is incidental to the big-state Socialist politicians. That explains why schools and roads are so bad despite the high taxes in Progressive-Socialist-Communist Democrat controlled cities and states.

Look at Democrats politicians today. Rather than oppose the local mine owner, the democrats now want to control our local Internet Service Provider, the big tech firms, the public school employees, and the local bank. The Socialists want to choose winners and losers.

The chief attribute of these firms isn’t the likely size of their entrepreneurial success, but the size of the political kickbacks and political control they guarantee. Money talks now as it did before. Big failures and big political donations are far more politically profitable than small commercial successes.

Some things never change. We need a reformation away from big-state politics with their big-government “solutions”. That was true in the 1700’s and it’s true today. Big-government collusion with big-business oppressed the Americans of the 1700s and they do today as well.

The more I learn, the more I want the politicians out of my life. Don’t you?


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About Rob Morse

The original article is here.  Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily, and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

  • 17 thoughts on “Same Old Problems with the New Socialists

    1. the bottom line is this,everything the government touches and gets involved in turns to shit,that’s why all the founding fathers wanted the smallest government possible.

      1. Exactly! In all of American history, only one (1!) single, solitary governmental program ever shrank! And that was over 80 years ago.

    2. Let’s see. Big business is bad, but PRICE FIXING labor Unions are good???? MOT!!! Both are bad. why are unions allowed to price fix through intimidation and force. That is as bad as companies colluding to fix price of goods. Unions leaders are like politicians. they use and abuse the rank and file members for their own power and wealth and control. just as the politicians place the citizen on the Government Plantation for their wealth and power and control. Unions should be broken up just a monopoly corporations are.

    3. We now have full-blown “Peer Pressure”. So many are afraid of not being part of the group. They will be shunned and tormented if they don’t comply. This SCOTUS protest was already planned before Kennedy decided to retire. This is all about them being afraid that Roe vs Wade might be overturned in the future. So people fall in step with “Peer Pressure” not realizing that what is wanted is “Bondage”. This time there is no middle ground. Until we somehow get more political parties we have to work with what we have. Our country is under attack from within. The enemy is huge with their “soldiers” blindly following. ( The bondage part ) You must vote. By sitting back you might end up enslaved anyway. How many died to give us this country and how many have died to protect it? I am a veteran, So was my father and seven uncles who are now gone. I took an Oath and gave my Country a blank check for my life. I will be voting because we cannot allow “Mob” rule.

      1. Recon29, I didn’t say I didn’t vote, I only said who I couldn’t vote for. As far as overturning Roe, If I truly believe in individual liberty, I must support a woman’s right to choose. Because I don’t personally agree with abortion in all cases, I also support some reasonable limits on it (late-term, etc.) How should we decide what’s “reasonable”? Compromise! I find the current “no compromise” attitude of both the far left and the far right equally disturbing. Our Constitution is the result of compromise. As the great historian Shelby Foote said, (I’m paraphrasing here) the great genius of this country is our ability to compromise. When we failed to compromise, the nation was torn apart by civil war. Tyranny comes in many forms and tyrants espouse many different ideologies (Stalin/Mao/Hitler). You sound as though you have fallen victim to the same “group-think” that you rail against. If people of different opinions aren’t free to dissent, then none of us are truly free. If people of different opinions aren’t willing to compromise, then our democracy is doomed. We all have to “live under the same roof”, and I don’t want to by ruled by the “tyranny of the majority”, no matter which side of “center” they stand on.

    4. Wake up folks. Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. Socialism has caused the deaths of 100mm people in the last century, how many more do we want to lose in search of ‘social justice’?

    5. Let’s remember that the first two progressive presidents, Theodore Roosevelt and William H. Taft, were both staunch Republicans who recognized the difference between “good” and “bad” trusts. They also understood that once businesses become too powerful, only the power of the state can restrain them and prevent them from subverting our democracy.
      It’s a shame that SCOTUS failed to consider that when deciding Citizens United, which gives unprecedented power to big businesses willing to outspend the electorate to achieve their narrow, selfish goals at the expense of the country at large. Would Washington, Franklin or Hamilton have agreed with the principle that “corporations are people too”?
      The Democratic Socialists have high-jacked the Progressive label and perverted it’s true intent: curbing the excesses of big business & addressing social injustice while preserving individual liberties. They have exploited the ideals of Progressivism, and perverted them to create a philosophy that justifies the growth of Big Government and the nanny state.
      The Republican Party is also complicit in this, since they are no more the “old conservatives” than are Democrats the “old liberals”. Instead, too many Republicans are “invested” in Big Business in the same way that Democrats are “invested” in Big Government. That is the state of the union today, and that is largely why the nation – and the government – is so violently divided. It is a sure recipe for disaster.
      Franklin told us that we have “a Republic, if we can keep it”.
      Today both major parties are working overtime to tear that republic apart!
      Republicans, if they are truly “conservative”, need to reclaim the Progressive mantle from the far Left even as they repudiate the fringe Right – only then will they be able to win the confidence and support of the majority of Americans, even on the urban centers and in the face of changing demographics.
      Instead of doubling down on ideas that divide us, our leaders need to focus on the ideals that unite us.
      That is why I couldn’t vote for either Clinton or Trump. They both represent some of the worst problems of their respective parties.
      I don’t want to be enslaved by either Big Government or Big Business!

        1. @JoeUS, you are correct, sir. Note: please see “Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism” by R. J. Pestritto.

      1. I vote because I don’t want to have to use the cartridge box instead of the ballot box. And I will most likely be gone if that ever comes to pass. My concern is for my sons and grandsons.

      2. So you don’t vote! WOW what a great concept! (sarcasm).
        However you have answers to problems but don’t want to get involved. Another great concept!
        Your No better than those you criticize. Either stand for something or you stand for NOTHING!

        1. I never said I didn’t vote, I only stated who I didn’t vote for…Clinton and Trump both represent the worst instincts of their respective parties. Neither is capable of uniting America. Franklin told us we have “A republic, if you can keep it.” Both parties seem intent on tearing it apart in their quest for single minded dominance . Washington warned us against this spirit of “faction”. We all live under the same roof, so we had better relearn how to live together. I don’t want to live under the tyranny of the majority, no matter what their political persuasion. Too many of those who post on these sites remind me of the character Magwa in Last of the Mohicans. Nathaniel tells the sachem that Magwa’s heart is twisted, then asks Magwa if he would become the thing that twisted it. “Yes”, he replies. That is what hate does to us.

          1. That’s utter BS. Trump has done more to bring the good side of this back together than anyone in a LONG time. The other side, they can go jump off a cliff. This country would be all the better for it.

          2. @Wayne, So you measure the real world by Hollywood movies? How would you analyze the fact that Trump is the only president to ask the questing, ” Is this in the best interest of the American people?” in the last seventy years?

      1. we should export our socalist commies to cuba or that other shithole in centrial America and see how long they love socialisim

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