Socialism decries the call of the individual to excel. Those who financially excel must be punished and demonized. Those who set themselves apart from the masses in any field must be punished and demonized. Those who refuse to conform to the thoughts and dictates of the socialist elites must be punished and demonized. Socialism calls for society to retrench to the lowest common denominator. Capitalism calls for society to reach to the highest level it can imagine, a level that sets new standards with new ideas. This is why a socialist society, modified by any adjective you wish to use, is destructive for society and brings about poverty and a lower standard of living for all.
Socialists are self-delusional, believing that taking from those who would achieve will bring prosperity to all. The socialist believes that wealth is finite. Wealth is only finite within a socialist society. Wealth is infinite within a capitalist society because capitalism creates, socialism stagnates.
Yet. Bernie Sanders believes he and the Marxist/Progressive (Democrat) Party can win the White House in 2020 by “explaining socialism” to Americans voters. “I think what we have to do, and I will be doing it, is to do a better job maybe in explaining what we mean by ‘socialism’ — Democratic Socialism. Obviously, my right-wing colleagues here want to paint that as authoritarianism and communism and Venezuela, and that’s nonsense,” said Sanders, who has refused to call for Venezuelan despot Nicolás Maduro to resign.
Sanders insists that Americans can afford socialism because “in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, we can provide a decent standard of living for all people. That’s just the reality. That’s not Utopian dreaming; that is a reality. Health care for all can be done and we can save money in doing it.”
Socialism according to Marx, is the abolition of human self-alienation, the return of man as a real human being. "It is the definitive resolution of the antagonism between man and nature, and between man and man. It is the true solution of the conflict between existence and essence, between objectification and self-affirmation, between freedom and necessity, between individual and species. It is a solution of the riddle of history and knows itself to be this solution". For Marx, socialism meant the social order which permits the return of man to himself, the identity between existence and essence, the overcoming of the separateness and antagonism between subject and object, the humanization of nature; it meant a world in which man is no longer a stranger among strangers, but is in his world, where he is at home.
Lenin said that socialism should be a society where the working people control their own fate, a society organized to benefit the vast majority. This view was the foundation for Lenin’s efforts in socialist construction.
The attempt to redefine Socialism has been an ongoing venture of those who would seek power and control by taking from those who would strive to excel and giving to those who believe they are victims due to their own lack of ambition and effort. You can modify socialism with the term Democratic and it still does not change the fact that socialism, by its very nature, requires an unlimited bureaucratic government that must control the individual’s as it brings about the necessary elements of socialism; total conformity to the ideology of socialism and the attempt to equalize individuals who are uniquely individual with unequal characteristics, ideas, skills, and ambitions.
Socialism defies all the essentials of unique individuals and in its quest to defy human nature, it must and always does end in a society of decay and financial collapse. Yes Bernie, your socialism is socialism and Venezuela is the inevitable end.
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