Marxism and its precursor, socialism, are the philosophies of choice for those who are obsessed with self-aggrandizement and the need to attain control over their fellow man. In order to achieve this end, a nebulous antagonist must be created, followed by an equally ill-defined savior, also fabricated out of whole cloth. Thus Marxism/socialism is a doctrine built on a foundation of lies and deception. Barack Obama, thoroughly steeped in these tenets, is therefore running a campaign for re-election which must be based on demagoguery, falsehoods, and innuendo.
Having attended college in the early to mid-1960s and since then living in the Washington, D.C. region, I have been often exposed to many who espoused not only the virtue of Marxist/socialist theory, but a loathing for the United States and its supposed colonialist, homophobic, avaricious, and racist past. However, I was told that the real enemy of the people were those twin antagonists: capitalism and those evil entities called corporations.
Capitalism, as it is essentially an overarching economic structure and not something tangible, can thus be easily demagogued and deceitfully characterized by greed and unfair allocations of wealth and resources. Corporations, likewise, can be, and are, characterized as impersonal leviathans out to trample the average hardworking citizens, all for the sake of producing an immoral profit. The American citizens could, therefore, never expect an equitable society as long as these corrupt entities were allowed to exist.
But what is capitalism? By its nature, capitalism does celebrate the success of the individual, not the collective. Individuals, separately or together, driven by the motive of self-enrichment, produce goods and services desired by others. In the process, jobs and wealth are created, thus benefiting society as a whole. Corporations are a mere legal creation made up of people who are stockholders, officers, and employees -- all of whom pay taxes to maintain a government that cannot create wealth.
What, then, I asked these avid proponents of Marxism/socialism, is the solution for these sins of America's past and the path to the creation of a more just and stable society? The answer inevitably was ever-larger and more intrusive government as the savior that would guarantee fairness.
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