From the beginning of time, rulers have lusted after absolute power. These autocrats only shared power to the extent necessary to prevent a coup by their lieutenants. “Peasants” had no voice in how they were ruled unless they banded together to overthrow their ruler. To minimize the potential threat of a popular uprising, kings created a “narrative” to legitimize their rulership. It’s difficult to generate support for a revolt if a ruler is considered legitimate; even if his people despise him.

The original narrative was that only the family members of rulers were qualified to be future rulers, because they have “royal blood.” In addition, in Europe, the Catholic Church acted as an “independent” institution that legitimized kings by certifying that they were “fulfilling God’s will.”

Eventually, some “philosophers” began to question whether the “royal blood line” narrative and the role of the church, in anointing secular rulers, served “the common good.” Karl Marx furthered this transition by developing a strategy for how “common people” could install and rule authoritarian governments. Their legitimacy was established in the pages of the Communist Manifesto; the handbook of modern totalitarianism.

Marx’s vision of bureaucratic authoritarian control is variously referred to as Marxism, communism and/or socialism. For simplicity, this column will refer to it as socialism. Basically, socialism is government, rather than private, ownership and/or control of the “means of production.” Therefore, socialists are people who prefer the mandatory interactions and relationships created by government ownership and/or control, as opposed to the voluntary interactions and relationships developed through private ownership.

Over the years, a variety of socialist institutions, like government schools, have successfully achieved the cradle-to-the-grave indoctrination and control of the population that medieval kings could never even imagine. This has been accomplished by convincing large numbers of people that those who promote government ownership and/or control are doing it for “the good of society” rather than their own personal gain and power, even though history clearly shows that whenever the more “unrestrained” forms of socialism are implemented, millions of people suffer and die; exposing its real agenda.

Regardless of its horrifying historical record, the myth of a socialist utopia remains alive and well due to its successful worldwide indoctrination, so the only current difference between nations is the degree and extent of its implementation. In this country, socialism is accepted and rarely questioned by both Democrats and Republicans, so they only differ in how quickly and extensively they want to expand its influence and control. In fact, libertarians appear to be the only people who are unwilling to trade their freedom for inefficient and corrupt government programs and unwilling to accept regulation and control in return for the illusion of safety and security.

It’s no surprise that socialism continues to be embraced by the elite since it’s a proven method of acquiring autocratic power and controlling “the masses.” The widespread belief in its false promise of “free stuff” makes it the most popular “secular religion” in the world.

David Stanowski lives in Galveston.

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Bailey Jones

I was just thinking, "isn't it about time for another screed on socialism?"

And not just any socialism - we don't want to talk about progressive policies on education or health care, but rather - "Marx’s vision of bureaucratic authoritarian control ... government, rather than private, ownership and/or control of the “means of production.” - something that literally no one in America is advocating.

Oooh - maybe it's a slippery slope!

Emile Pope

Socialism is embraced by the elites??? Tell me of the billionaires that embrace socialism. Or the millionaires in Congress who do. Five names will suffice...

Gary Miller

Emile> Elite referes to those who think they are smarter than the masses. Not to the rich who employ most people.

Emile Pope

Wrong on both counts...

Gary Miller

Spros, Sanders, Clinton, Bloomberg, O'Rouke?

Carlos Ponce

The United States has a Constitution defining the role of the government such as "provide for the common defense". Socialism goes outside those bounds. Socialism promises much but actually delivers control over your lives. Any control starts with the common phrase "(FILL IN THE BLANK) is a human right". And the gullible think everything is "free" - free college college tuition, free health care, free this, free that. And the "wealthy" will pay for it. Riiiiiight. There is not enough wealth to cover those items. And they always presume the "wealthy" will just sit there and take it. "Just stand perfectly still while I hit you on the head with a sledge hammer. WHAT! YOU MOVED? How dare you!" Like New York has noticed, the "wealthy" moved away depriving them of ANY tax revenue from that individual or business. When taxes go up the wealthy can move that wealth and their business out of state or offshore.

Bailey Jones

Says the PUBLIC school teacher, entirely without irony.

Carlos Ponce

PUBLIC schools are not run by the Federal Government. Amendment 10: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

"THE TEXAS CONSTITUTION: ARTICLE 7. EDUCATION

Sec. 1.  SUPPORT AND MAINTENANCE OF SYSTEM OF PUBLIC FREE SCHOOLS. A general diffusion of knowledge being essential to the preservation of the liberties and rights of the people, it shall be the duty of the Legislature of the State to establish and make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools."

No irony here, Bailey. Schools are run by the STATE OF TEXAS or by individuals as prescribed by Amendment 10 of the US Constitution.




Gary Scoggin

Heh

Gary Miller

Our public school system is stealth socialism. Public education was all private or non profit until the government offered money if we volunteered to let government make the rules. Marx said "give me young minds, I'll own all minds" Public schools are where socialism it taught to young minds. Private, non profit and home schooling are the bastion against national socialism.

Emile Pope

And what about the ones who couldn't afford private education?

Bailey Jones

Let them eat cake, Emile. Someone has to be poor - who else will work for starvation wages to keep the wealthy elites wealthy and elite? There has never been a capitalist society without poor people, and there never can be.

Charles Douglas

They don't have to eat cake!! They can stop THINKING poverty! Poverty is the third leg of the curse which was established because of the fall of mankind! I did not want to come this way today! I tried to be a bystander in this discussion!!!! Just remember Mr. JONES, you made me do this!!! So you are responsible!!!! 2 Corinthians 8:9 says Jesus Christ was RICH, yet he became POOR, so that...so that..so that...SO THAT thru his poverty We....WE...WE....WE....might become rich!!!! John 10:10 States that the enemy comes NOT, BUT, ...BUT,...BUT,...for to STEAL, KILL, & DESTROY, but Jesus came that we might have life and have it more ...more....more....more...ABUNDANTLY!!!!! TO top this off, every seed reproduces after it's own kind, ...and God is not mocked, AND HE CANNOT LIE!!!! If God did lie, it would turn to the truth so fast our puny minds would never know it!!!! How am I doing so far? Can I go on ...somebody? Am I doing alright? God said he is not mocked for whatsoever a man sows...sows...sows....That shall he also reap..reap...reap...REAP!!! I use to be poor, my whole family were. The good news to all men is that YOU DONT HAVE TO BE POOR ANYMORE! Don't send any offering for this!!! I MEAN IT!!! I'M going to give myself an offering for the poor, who don't know, that poverty is a curse from HELL, and if they rise up in Christ Jesus, and their righteousness, prosperity with overtake them! Don't get me started.... anyway, I don't want to give yall to much see....so I will save some for some other time.

Carlos Ponce

"Let them eat cake" In Math class we served Pi.[beam]

Gary Miller

Emile> If they can't afford "private" they sure can't afford public. Private remains the best with costs restrained due to competition from non profit and home schooling. Public education proves there is nothing really free. In education "free" is the most costly.

Bailey Jones

Public schools are socialism - they are compulsory, government operated and paid for with taxes. That definition is perhaps the only thing that Gary and I agree on. (Of course, I disagree with Gary that public schools are a bad thing.)

Carlos Ponce

"Public schools are socialism - they are compulsory..." A parent can opt for private school or home school.

Bailey Jones

Yes, but the taxes are still compulsory. Just as you might opt out of "socialized medicine" and hire your own doctor. This is such a basic concept - why are you so resistant? You just stated that "free college tuition" was socialism. Why is tax payer provided college socialism, but tax payer provided high school is not socialism? And please, show your work.

Carlos Ponce

You make a solid argument for school vouchers. GOOD IDEA!

Bailey Jones

I'm all for school vouchers - made out to the college of your choice.

Carlos Ponce

Colleges have enough money. Asides from government supplied high costs they have endowments into the millions. So Bailey likes donating to the rich.[rolleyes]

Bailey Jones

Carlos's top three reasons why tax payer supported college tuition is a good idea -

1) Tax payer funded education is NOT socialism.

2) Vouchers for college is a great idea, and

3) Colleges are rich so free college won't cost tax payers anything!!! It's REALLY FREE!!!



Go! Carlos Go!

Carlos Ponce

Bailey, with multi-billion dollar endowments and tax funded "loans" colleges don't need extra money. Look up the value of the Texas Permanent University Fund. Current value is around $23 Billion. They don't need additional funding but should learn how to manage the Billions they already have.

Bailey Jones

I believe you, Carlos. Malcolm Gladwell has a great podcast about college endowments. http://revisionisthistory.com/episodes/06-my-little-hundred-million

Miceal O'Laochdha

I just love it when self-appointed "instructors" inform me of world history and hey, no need to actually read Das Kapitol yourself to find out what Karl Marx thought; just get this guy to tell you all about it in a newspaper opinion piece. Second rate scholarship for lazy thinkers...Cliff's Notes will do you a lot better than this if the exam is tomorrow.

Bailey Jones

Wanda: But you think you're an intellectual, don't you, ape?

Otto: Apes don't read philosophy.

Wanda: Yes they do, Otto, they just don't understand it! Now let me correct you on a couple things, okay? Aristotle was not Belgian! The central message of Buddhism is not "Every man for himself!" And the London Underground is not a political movement!

David Collins

If you're quoting A Fish Named Wanda, I believe the first one should have been "The Gettysburg Address was not where Lincoln lived."

Bailey Jones

That is funnier - but it's a different scene. https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/7fd98bb7-9376-426c-aaba-5e99cec9e065

Jose' Boix

Once again, it is great to discuss and debate other failed ideologies while living under the protection of a political and governmental system such as what we have in this great Country. Her we have jobs, good pay, freedoms, and are allowed to innovate and develop just to name a few "benefits." You do not have any such "benefits." I have some direct effects and know what and how it is to live under such regime. A great example of the results of Socialism/Communism. “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery" words by Winston Churchill (British Orator, Author and Prime Minister during World War II. 1874-1965).

Miceal O'Laochdha

This is the second time in recent weeks that I have seen someone in these comments, who otherwise appears to be an intelligent and educated individual, trot out that evil old bigot Churchill as someone from whom we should take advice. The belief, so common in America, that Churchill is some heroic figure is incomprehensible to me. He was an elitist, aristocratic, imperialist who held the people who irritatingly lived in the far reaches of his bloody empire in the deepest possible contempt. He believed that only white men (more specifically upper class British white men) had a God-given right to rule over all of their fellow humans (in his view many of them closer to sub-humans WOGS). He is more responsible than any other single individual for the Irish Civil War and the partition provisions of the Anglo-Irish treaty (and all the death and suffering that has wrought) and he is singlehandedly responsible for the deaths by starvation of millions of Indians; people for whom his bile and contempt knew no bounds. Of course he dismissed socialism, it hardly integrated well with feudalism, imperialism, and world domination by the blood-stained British Empire. If his lionization by Americans is based on his WWII performance well, we would all be capable of giving a good speech if the Wehrmacht was approaching the Causeway...

Bailey Jones

He had the same belief system as Anglo-Saxon America, so he fit right in at the time. And Americans don't follow events in the rest of the world, much less know its history. All most Americans know about him is a couple of famous speeches, cigars and bulldogs. I recently heard an interesting podcast about one aspect of his life on Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History - http://revisionisthistory.com/episodes/15-the-prime-minister-and-the-prof

Carlos Ponce

Looks like Michael will not be seeing the movie "Darkest Hour" anytime soon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skrdyoabmgA

Miceal O'Laochdha

Well Charles (I trust you do not mind me anglicizing your name as you did to mine) I don't acquire my understanding of history from Hollywood "blockbuster" movies; anymore than I do from 2nd hand newspaper opinion pieces like Mr. Stanowski's.

Carlos Ponce

Looks like Miceal will not be seeing the movie "Darkest Hour" anytime soon.[beam]

Henry Hansen

Miceal you could not be more wrong. There are probably not many still alive, but find a survivor of Dunkirk and see if he agrees with you! As for the non WWII achievements of this great man, please go study history. The British agenda 120 to 100 years ago were dramatically different than they are today.

Miceal O'Laochdha

Henry, you could not be more wrong. Dunkirk; are you joking? The heroes of the Dunkirk retreat were the Royal Navy, and the crews of the hundreds of merchant ships, fishermen, and private yachtsmen that the Navy mobilized to save what was left of the British Army. You might ask a descendant of a survivor of the soldiers ordered by Churchill to fight to the death at Calais how they feel about Churchill. Oh, never mind, there were no survivors. Churchill's only contribution to Dunkirk was to give a good speech after it was all over. Guess that seems impressive if one gets their history from a Hollywood movie. I suggest you find a descendant of those Irishmen killed when Churchill sent the Black and Tan murderers to Ireland in 1920 or when he forced the Free State forces to shell the Four Courts in 1922 and start the Irish Civil War, how they feel about Churchill. I am one, so you have a start on the answer. Find a descendant of the 6 million Indians who starved to death in Bengal in 1943 because Churchill (long on record as saying he hated Indians) refused to send any food relief to them, claiming he needed the ships to defend his empire. The US sent Britain hundreds of millions $ worth of ships (and crews) in the Lend Lease program but Churchill would not waste a ship to feed starving Indians. You will need to look beyond one good speech, made after others had finished the actual heroics, to know something about one of the worst humans to ever rise to prominence in recorded history. If only Hitler had not been from the lower classes and had not threatened the empire, he and Churchill would have been pals.

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