The Borg: Captain Jean-Luc Picard. You lead the strongest ship of the Federation fleet. You speak for your people.
Picard: I have nothing to say to you. And I will resist you with my last ounce of strength!
The Borg: Strength is irrelevant. Resistance is futile. We wish to improve ourselves. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service ours.
Picard: Impossible! My culture is based on freedom and self-determination!
The Borg: Freedom is irrelevant. Self-determination is irrelevant. You must comply.
My how far we have fallen since that episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation was aired in 1990. The most feared enemy in science fiction was a collectivist alien species. If it was produced in 2017, the Borg would probably be hailed as heroes of the revolution. Just a few short years after this episode aired, Hillarycare went down to a crushing and historic defeat in the Democrat controlled Congress, and Bill Clinton actually asked for more border security. In the last column on Knowing Your Enemies, I didn’t explicitly call out Socialists but was harsh on their pitiful collectivist souls.
We hate socialists just as much as we hate communists. More so in some instances because Socialists have become the respectable form of Marxism in modern society. (As far as we are concerned, the only difference between a fascist and a socialist is that one recognizes national borders and the other does not).
This produced some complaints in the comments, which you may read at the original post if you so desire. But upon reflecting on it, I decided that we needed to explore the issue a little further because the cancerous tendrils of Marxism have made their way into our society and our culture. And this cancer will destroy the West if we do nothing.
Socialism is a political ideology and movement which has proposed a set of social and economic measures, policies and systems characterised by social ownership and democratic control of the means of production. Social ownership may refer to public ownership, cooperative ownership, citizen ownership of equity, or any combination of these. Although there are many varieties of socialism and there is no single definition encapsulating all of them, social ownership is the common element shared by its various forms.
Early socialism was heavily influenced by Karl Marx, and as such is properly grouped in the Marxist family tree with Communism and National Socialism. Let’s start with some of the most common Socialist planks.
- Socialized Medicine – In the United States, we know it as Obamacare, the intentionally fouled up scheme to collapse the health care market and usher in “Single Payer”, which is socialist talk for government control of health care. Canada and the United Kingdom have medical systems that are generally considered Socialist in that the government controls medicine. It is within the capacity of socialism for the government to own the hospitals and doctors offices and have all the medical professionals be employees of the state, or to simply regulate every move they make and every breath they take (they’ll be watching you).
- Open Borders – socialists believe in the demise of the nation state, the end of the individual cultures of the world, and the coming together of all the proletariat.
- Progressive Taxation – socialists think that at some point, you’ve made enough money. And they are more than happy to relieve you of it – it’s an issue of fairness.
These are just the first few things that we want to start with where they are at odds with Western Civilization. Men of the West believe in freedom, and the rights of the people to be secure in their possessions. Socialized medicine steals the labor of the doctor by refusing to let him charge a fair price for his time and expertise. There is no fundamental right to health care – you cannot have a right to somebody else’s labor, forcing somebody to perform a service on your behalf by force of law without just compensation or right of refusal is known as slavery.
Open borders are likewise a blight upon the West. As we have seen from the European experiment with letting in millions of refugees, mixing cultures is not something that is good for a country. It is very well documented the way that Middle Eastern cultures treat women and consider their status in society, yet Europe has permitted people who grew up in that culture to enter by the millions. And the elites feign surprise that the refugees from the Middle East not only aren’t good feminists (we can hardly complain about that…) but that they do not treat women with the respect that women have become accustomed to receiving in the West.
Progressive taxation is one of the most widely documented of socialism’s failed policies. The law of diminishing returns is in full effect in taxation. We don’t know exactly where the “perfect” tax rate is, but let us take the question given to then Senator Obama in his debate with Senator Hillary Clinton in 2008 – when the capital gains tax was lowered under Bill Clinton, and then lowered again under George W. Bush, each time the government actually saw an increase in the tax monies that it received. So, the government brings in more money at a 15% capital gains tax rate than it did at a 30% rate. We have actual real world data that shows that once you raise taxes above a certain level, you actually decrease the amount of money you take in. But to the socialist, it’s not about raising money to fund the government or making sure that a successful businessman provides jobs to a community – it’s about soaking the rich.
So, you may be asking yourself, was there a reason that I chose those three particular ideas of socialism to talk about? Well, I’m glad you asked, because yes I did choose them on purpose. Socialism has not only infected the west, but it has infected what we have in the past referred to as the political right. Over the past few months, the Republican Party has torn itself apart over whether or not they can repeal Obamacare. And the answer is that as a whole, the House Republicans cannot get their caucus to vote for repeal of Obamacare in sufficient numbers to pass a bill. They were more than happy to send symbolic repeals to President Obama for him to veto, and by their own admission, they thought they were going to get President Hillary so that they could continue their theater to take advantage of the poor saps who actually wanted it repealed. The House won’t even take a vote on a straight repeal so that we can see who the traitors are. And the reason that they cannot get it repealed is that the Republican Party has accepted the socialist presuppositions that the State must regulate and collectivize medicine.
Likewise, the Republican party has accepted the socialist premise of open borders. Libertarians share this particular fetish and think that they actually influenced the Republicans into doing something. But no, as per usual, the Libertarians are completely ineffectual at advancing any policy and merely enjoy success where they share common ground with the socialists. This is why they are so resistant to building The Wall, and why their 2012 election autopsy recommended they go full potato on open borders and amnesty.
And the next fight we have coming up is tax reform. President Trump wants to go to a 15% corporate tax rate. Look for the socialists in the Republican ranks to act as quislings for the Left and do their best to sabotage this initiative as well.
But we are the answer. We are not the Republican Party. We are the Hard Right. And the future is ours.