Friday, October 31, 2008

The Dangers of Socialism

Considering history, socialism is dangerous because:

1) It poses extreme danger to freedom of speech, and government sanctioned punishment of dissenters tends to take hold, gradually increasing in severity (dissent includes the ever-broadening category of "hate speech")
2) As a continuation of (1), civil government-controlled media can easily become the only mainstream and even existing means of news
3) In pursuit of "equality", secularization will become pervasive
4) Religious organizations will have to struggle to maintain their existence if they intend to preserve their focused missions
5) Interpretation of the Constitution will become open-ended and subjective, rendering the document obsolete
6) The assumption will become commonplace that we are not created equal by God, but by the civil government
7) The crumbling of America's economic foundations will begin: hard work will no longer be ultimately beneficial, so why work hard?
8) The disarming of responsible Americans will be pushed for "our safety", but guns in the hands of criminals will remain uncontrolled (after all, even now criminals most often acquire and use their arms illegally)
9) Owning private property will become difficult, and there will be a very real possibility of eradication of property ownership
10) The true reign of "choice" will begin, and as a consequence, the genocide of the unborn will increase

In the event of the combination of an Obama presidency and a Democrat-controlled legislative branch, some of these will be nearly immediate, and some will be what voters have swung the door open to welcome in the future. Before supporting Obama, please study history so that we are able to learn from the errors of this unhealthy and troubling political philosophy.

*Informative reading:
Obama's Economic Mythology
David Limbaugh on the problems with socialism
Chuck Norris on why we must vote to protect the unborn

6 comments:

Adel Thalos said...

Unfortunately our society has been moving in this direction for many decades (admittedly it fits and spirts).

The main message that resonates most with voters today, is -- elect me and I will put more money in your pocket -- both parties have been doing this.

Either candidate will move us further in this direction -- the difference has to do with degree.

I have already cast my ballot for McCain -- but if he is elected it will only serve to slow the progression.

To shift the direction in a major way would require a Reformation -- beginning in the church and moving out into the community.

I am currently working on my PhD in an evangelical seminary and finding myself, even there as a lone voice crying in the wilderness.

Sarah Geis said...

Adel,

I agree wholeheartedly. One of these candidates will slowly move us further in that direction, and the the other firmly embraces the philosophy. I suppose though that if we elect McCain, it gives us 4 more years to spark a reformation! :)

Also, what is tragic is that on the whole, young Americans (including Christians) do not see anything wrong with socialism, and assume that capitalism is necessarily evil. I never thought that I would have to explain to Americans why socialism is extremely dangerous and why capitalism is probably the best of all realistic options.

Thanks for the thoughtful comments.

Daniel said...

Sarah,

From a purely theological perspective, why should Christians support only capitalism and denounce any sort of socialist activity? Why can there not be a blend of the good from each system? (Think general revelation and common grace) Answer as a Christian first, not as an economist or politician.

Sarah Geis said...

Daniel,

From a purely theological perspective, Christians should support a system that allows us to best serve the Kingdom of God. The capitalistic economy allows for freedom of giving, as well as the most potential for Christian ministries to survive.

What Christians are to do with their money, i.e. care for the less fortunate, in no way mandates government control of their giving. This jump from the necessity of Christian giving to a statist redistribution system is entirely illogical, however recently popular.

In response to your suggestion of hybridization, we cannot blend parts of socialism with capitalism while maintaining the freedom that capitalism has to offer. This is by their very definitions impossible.

We agree that Christians are supposed to be good stewards of our rescources. One of these systems has been proven to create prosperity, thereby putting us in a better position to care for the less advantaged. The other systematically does away with such widespread prosperity which holds the potential for giving.

Doug Groothuis said...

On the evils of socialism, see Herbert Schlossberg, *Idols for Destruction*, the chapter on "Idols of the State." This is a modern classic (1983).

Daniel said...

Sarah, good response.

But again, you're missing the point. I'm hearing you when you talk about the benefits of capitalism. I'm on board with that. But what I'm not on board with, and I think Christians should climb hear this, is the idea of viewing (a) that capitalism is a flawless system, whereby (b) socialism is abhorrently evil in all ways.

You say yourself that Christians should support a system that benefits the Kingdom of God most. Amen! So why don't you take into account that BOTH and ALL systems are indeed unbelievably fallen and do not fulfill SUFFICIENTLY the purposes of God's Kingdom?

And I don't want to make a hybrid out of these systems. It's not a both/and. I'm just here to say that there are good and bad in BOTH systems--- where Christians should not be waving the flag of either 100% capitalism or 100% socialism. We should be waving the flag of the Kingdom of God, which transcends BOTH of these systems. And thus the Kingdom can use elements of BOTH systems for its good purposes, taking into account common grace and general revelation.

Doug, if you're going to call socialism evil you have to be fair and call capitalism equally as evil. Like I've argued, both of these institutions are indeed fallen and fall short of God's glory.

And let's not forget why socialism began, to thwart the injustices going on in this world. Hardly an evil endeavor. But of course as time progressed the intention for good morphed into an intention for evil. Could that happen to capitalism? In a fallen world, yes.