What is socialism? Per the dictionary, it is “any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods”. Notice what is missing – any reference to the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness of the individual. Significantly, individual happiness will be defined by the state. Individual liberty has little or no meaning – and is even dangerous. Individual life is utilitarian and can be ended at the whim of the state. “The state relies on convincing people that freedom is injustice, and that slavery is freedom”. (Stefan Molyneux)
Socialism always lurks in the background hoping to take advantage of some crisis or grievance. It pretends to be utopian but, when implemented in a society or group, it deteriorates into totalitarian tyranny. Looking at the current situation in America we see the steps of socialist tyranny in place and the steps yet to be taken.
Step 1: Find a crisis or grievance to exploit. Use the crisis to not only influence the vote but to create ways to subvert it. Because of a pandemic that conveniently occurred in the run-up to the national election, the voting was made easier to do. Unfortunately, it was also made easier to corrupt. “It’s not the people who vote that count. It’s the people who count the votes.” (Joseph Stalin)
Step 2: Once the result to take power is achieved, begin the process of suppressing dissent. Dismiss the most substantive claims of fraud and destroy or suppress evidence. Create distrust and confusion within the general populace. “It becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie and thus by extension the truth becomes the greatest enemy of the State.” (Joseph Goebbels)
Step 3: Deflect attention away from the fraud. Use the frustration and anger caused to promote violence – and then blame any violence on the opposition. (There is increasing evidence of ANTIFA and BLM agent provocateurs in action during the Capitol “riots”. This doesn’t excuse the vote fraud protestors who entered and damaged the Capitol but does explain some of the otherwise unexplainable events.)
Step 4: Soften the takeover by promising free stuff under the guise of “rights”. It can be money, power to supporters, free healthcare, free education, and more.
However, “when the socialist demands “the ‘right’ to education, the ‘right’ to health care, the ‘right’ to food and housing. That’s not freedom, that’s dependency. Those aren’t rights, those are the rations of slavery.” (Alexis de Tocqueville)
Step 5: Shame and un-person opponents. Take away access to debate. Take away property and wealth earned. Threaten sanctions. Damage an opponent’s ability to make a living and even live. Demand a groveling apology. Eventually, use reinterpreted law to sue and imprison. “— legal plunder can be committed in an infinite number of ways. Thus we have an infinite number of plans for organizing it: tariffs, protection, benefits, subsidies, encouragements, progressive taxation, public schools, guaranteed jobs, guaranteed profits, minimum wages, a right to relief, a right to the tools of labor, free credit, and so on, and so on.” (Frederic Bastiat)
Step 6: Remove the ability of the opposition , and the people, to defend themselves against tyranny. Control and confiscate guns, – currently under assault are semi-automatic rifles with supposedly large magazine. Use the military and law enforcement, as currently in use around the District of Columbia, to demonstrate the willingness of the socialist rulers to use any and all force to keep power. “When people are afraid of the government, that’s tyranny. But when the government is afraid of the people, that’s liberty.” (Thomas Jefferson)
Step 7: Use law enforcement to harass and damage small businesses. Ridicule the churches and coerce them into being servants of the state and not God. Long term opposition and rebellion are most likely to come from these sectors of society and not from the big businesses who willingly collude with the government. (The current excuse is that these “smaller” entities create conditions for the super spreading of COVID 19. However, the impact of riots by BLM and ANTIFA are specifically dismissed as are the operations of favored “big” businesses.)
Step 8: When the takeover is near completion make sure that educational institutions and the media continue to advocate for the state. Note the dangers associated with individual liberty and freedom of speech. Find convenient ways to confine or eliminate the elderly because they are a repository of historical knowledge and wisdom. “— your leftists in the United States: all these professors and all these beautiful civil rights defenders. They are instrumental — only to destabilize a nation. When their job is completed, they are not needed any more. They know too much. Some of them, when they get disillusioned, when they see that Marxist-Leninists come to power—obviously they get offended—they think that they will come to power. That will never happen, of course. They will be lined up against the wall and shot.” (Yuri Bezmenov)
Step 9: Eventually, the socialist ruling class will have distanced itself from the rest of society. They will maintain that distance through force and guile. Any hint of rebellion is violently suppressed and blamed on whatever “underground” opposition remains. (However, paranoia within the leadership ranks is at its greatest at this point.) The people, now subjugated and impoverished, are kept busy searching for food, clothing and shelter just to survive.
Winston Churchill said it best, “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” Or to put it another way, socialism, rather than being the savior of humanity, is its destruction.