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Socialism and Poverty
Socialism is the use of envy and guilt to manipulate productive peoples into committing economic suicide. The socialist doctrine of economic equality requires the stealing of property and the prohibition of economic freedoms. Poverty—Its Causes and Cure
Socialism, “An Intermediate Stage”
A communist revolution is a proletarian revolution inspired by the ideas of Marxism that aims to replace capitalism with communism, typically with socialism (state-run means of production) as an intermediate stage. The idea that a proletarian revolution is needed is a cornerstone of Marxism; Marxists believe that the workers of the world must unite and free themselves from capitalist oppression to create a world run by and for the working class. Thus, in the Marxist view, proletarian revolutions need to happen in countries all over the world. [Source]
“Hidden in Religious Terms”
“We will find our most fertile field for infiltration by communists within the field of religion because religious people… will swallow anything if it is hidden in religious terms.” —Vladimir Lenin, Russian Marxist revolutionary and communist politician who led the October Revolution of 1917
More Than One System of ‘Capitalism’
Note that socialism and communism are also forms of ‘capitalism.’ It’s important to understand the systems of capitalism. Free market capitalism’s capital is money. Socialism and communism’s capital is people. Is the free market capitalism moral?
“The world has never before known godlessness as organized, militarized and tenaciously malevolent as that preached by Marxism. Within the philosophical system of Marx and Lenin and at the heart of their psychology, hatred of God is the principle driving force, more fundamental than all their political and economic pretensions. Militant atheism is not merely incidental or marginal to Communist policy; it is not a side effect, but the central pivot. To achieve its diabolical ends, Communism needs to control a population devoid of religious and national feeling, and this entails a destruction of faith and nationhood. Communists proclaim both these objectives openly, and just as openly put them into practice.” —Alexander Solzhenitsyn at Buckingham Palace, May 1983
The Religion of Secular Humanism
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a footnote to the 1961 decision of Torcaso v. Watkins, stated that different ideological systems – including secular humanism could be defined as religion. Yet secular humanism claims to be “pure" of religion and morality.
eight levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a
· Healthcare: Control health care and you control the people.
· Poverty: Increase the poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.
· Debt: Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.
· Gun Control: Remove people’s ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.
· Welfare: Take control of every aspect of their lives, (food, housing, and income).
· Education: Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school.
· Religion: Remove the belief in God from the Government and schools.
· Class Warfare: Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.
Socialism and the Bible by John Aman
Having recently placed 50 percent of America's economy under government control, the Obama administration had gained a tighter grip on the financial sector.
The operative word is "fairness," which is shorthand for then-Senator Obama's famous campaign promise to "spread the wealth around." [For clarity regarding President Obama and socialism, please visit this page.]
When critics said that this remark to "Joe the Plumber" displayed Obama's socialist leanings, Obama justified it by citing Scripture:
"My Bible tells me there is nothing wrong with helping other people," said then-Sen. Obama. "That we want to treat others like we want to be treated. That I am my brother's keeper, and I am my sister's keeper. I believe that."
But Obama, who once dismissed the Bible's relevance to politics, saying, "People haven't been reading their Bibles lately," may need to reread Friedrich Engels. Co-author with Karl Marx of The Communist Manifesto, Friedrich Engels knew better than President Obama about collectivism's clash with Christianity, stating, "...if some few passages of the Bible may be favourable to Communism, the general spirit of its doctrines is, nevertheless, totally opposed to it....”
Despite Engels and Marx (who dismissed religion as the "opium of the people"), President Obama and many others still manage to see socialism in the Bible. They point to the early church which, at first glance, seems like a model socialist community. The New Testament reports that these first believers "had all things in common" (Acts 4:32) and "all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles' feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need" (Acts 4:34-35).
But unlike socialism, the sharing was voluntary, not coerced, and the money was given not to the state, but the church. As Richard Land puts it on the new Coral Ridge Ministries documentary, Socialism: A Clear and Present Danger, "It's one thing for you to give out of compassion to someone who's less fortunate. It's an entirely different thing for the government to confiscate your property and give it to someone else."
While the Bible asserts property rights and the rights of inheritance, socialism assaults them. Marx and Engels put the "abolition of property" first in a ten-step program for implementing communism. That's not exactly a Christian thing to do. The commandment, "You shall not steal" (Exodus 20:15; Mt. 19:18; Eph. 4:18) applies every bit as much to the men and women who hold the reins of political power as it does to everyone else.
So does the commandment, "You shall not covet" (Exodus 20:17; Mt. 7:22; Rom. 13:9; Gal 5:21). Coveting, or envy, is a powerful driver of socialism, which is in a perpetual snit that some people have more than others. So when President Obama castigates "Fats Cats" on Wall Street, decries "economic inequality," and warns, as he did in his 2009 budget statement that a "disproportionate share of the nation's wealth has been accumulated by the very wealthy," he stokes a destructive impulse that is condemned by Scripture.
Socialism also runs afoul of the commandment, "You shall have no other gods before Me" (Exodus 20:3; 1 Cor. 10:14; 1 John 5:21). Socialist governments seek to play God — to take His place as the ultimate sovereign. Consider the veneration that Russians once gave to the embalmed remains of Lenin and Stalin, the Nazi-prescribed prayer to Hitler ("Thy Reich [kingdom] comes, thy will alone is law upon the earth"), and the personality cult surrounding North Korea's "Dear Leader," Kim Jong-il.
The commandment, "You shall not murder" (Ex. 20:13; Mt. 19:18; Mk. 7:21; Gal 5:21) is also widely ignored by Marxist regimes. Marx and Engels proclaimed that their aims could be "attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions." Their disciples, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and other communist henchmen, killed 100-million people, a "tragedy of planetary dimensions," as the French publisher of The Black Book of Communism put it.
Barack Obama may say that the Bible tells him to be his brother's keeper (his half-brother, George Obama, lives in a shack in Kenya on $1 a day), but we strongly encourage him to go back and reread what God's Word actually says. Friedrich Engels was right. Socialism has nothing in common with Scripture.
Be strongly encouraged to view this interview with President Obama’s half-brother, George Obama.
How the Pilgrims Experimented with Socialism and Paid the Price Through Death.
Michael Medved, is a member of Center for Urban Renewal and Education’s board. Since 2007, Medved has been telling this story every Thanksgiving on his national radio program.
If you've never heard Medved's Thanksgiving story, then you are about to have all your assumptions about our Thanksgiving holiday challenged.
Particularly, the economic model the pilgrims tried when they first came to New England. We all know the story about the failures and the eventual success of the colony, but what Medved explains is why there was such failure:
When the pilgrims arrived, they instituted a socialist collective where everyone would work together and everyone would get a share of the crops.
After a couple of years, the governor of the colony, William Bradford, realized that they were starving to death because their socialist system was taking away the people's motivation to work for their own food. Through those years, everyone lost a member of their family and eventually half the colony had died.
To reverse the course of destruction, Bradford gave everyone their own private parcel of land and noted in his diary that suddenly all hands were industrious. The crop yield in 1623 was actually in surplus and they held a thanksgiving feast where they were able to provide food for themselves. Because the pilgrims abandoned socialism, we're now able to have our own Thanksgiving in the most abundant and prosperous nation on earth.
But Medved provides a cautionary tale for America. He reminds us to be vigilant. Medved quotes Bradford where he wrote in diary: we must see the worth of their labor so we will not lose what our forefathers obtained through so much hardship.
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