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To Really Understand Socialism, You Must Have Lived Through it
Bernie Sanders is a liar, Socialism is not love and compassion. It is just the opposite of that—Socialism is corruption, abuse, and fraud. Yet Socialism has become a legitimate philosophy in America, Alas! We have more than a dozen Democrat-Socialist candidates for the US presidency. Do they know what Socialism is really about? Some may and others not, but their statements are often deceptive, misleading, and confusing. Bernie Sanders doesn’t know real Socialism or pretends that he doesn’t know it. He is a Trojan Horse, a propagandist, who has attempted to deceive you for decades. Just wait for AG William G. Barr’s investigation of the investigators, you will be shocked by the massive fraud, deceit, distortion, and lies perpetrated by the leadership of the Democrat Party during the last decades.
To really understand Socialism, you must have lived through it. I am a survivor of Soviet Socialism and I know what it truly means. I came to America to enjoy the individual liberty, freedoms, and opportunities the country offers to humanity. I love this country with all my heart and I am concerned about the state of America’s national security, especially during this dangerous time for our country. This is the reason I want to share my personal experiences living under the socio-economic system called Socialism and expose the frequent lies, deception, and misrepresentations of what the term really means.
Marxism, Socialism, and Communism Defined
For most Americans Socialism is an abstract notion—something they have never experienced. Not coincidentally, Americans wonder about the difference between Socialism and Communism, and it is very hard for them to find the truth on the internet or from the Academia. For those of us raised under the Communist system in the Soviet Union, Marxism-Leninism was a mandatory subject in all universities. Most Russian émigrés know the subject well, they had to study Marxism at least for two years. I studied Marxism for all four years at law school and I loved it, because I lived behind the Iron Curtin and Marxism was the only information available from the West…
I was surprised by the various explanations of Marxist theory offered by American authors. Some of them were pure propaganda. One misleading presentation on Marxist theory and its comparison of Lenin with President Reagan stunned me the most. Other strange statements I read included such comments as, “Socialism is Liberal…Communism is Conservative.” This was news for me. We cannot compare Liberals of the 19th century with Leftists of the 21st century, just as we cannot compare Democrat President Harry Truman with Democrat President Barack Obama. Over the past sixty years, there has been a drastic transformation within the Democrat Party and that transformation requires a separate discussion.
Because there is an alarming need for real knowledge, I will present my view on Marxism to Americans who hunger for the truth. There is a spectacular ignorance pertaining Socialism in America–-people do not understand basic civics. Socialism is a system of a big, centralized government within a mafia-like police state, which runs all means of production, and assumes absolute control of the people, and all methods of productivity. There are no freedoms, no personal liberty, nor First Amendment rights under Socialism. I can testify to that in any court, because I lived half of my life under real Socialism and knowing Marxism pretty well, I’d like to introduce my view on the subject.
I will present my view on Marxism to Americans who hunger for the truth.
The publication of The Communist Manifesto in 1848 provided a road map for the period’s Leftist political activists and their comrades in Europe. Karl Marx was the primary author of the Manifesto, while Friedrich Engels’ exact contributions are unknown. They offered their views on how Capitalism would eventually be replaced by Socialism and then give way to Communism, the purest form of Socialism. Nevertheless, any potential details about what Communism would look like were missing. The Manifesto was a radical Left-wing political program of the mid-19th century with some historical and social information not always honestly presented. Moreover—the Manifesto declared war on Western civilization, which is still going on in the 21st century today.
Marx/Engels Theory: Socialism, Phase One. Communism, Phase Two.
Creating the Theory of Socialism and Communism as a means of rooting out the exploitation of man by man, Marx and Engels purposely divided it into two phases: the first phase was Socialism and the second–-Communism. They identified in detail the tasks, agendas, and ways to achieve them in their “Theory,” as follows:
- The Tasks and Agenda—overthrowing the Capitalist economic system and establishing Socialism as a basis for the creation of a classless Communist society in the future.
- Fulfilling the Tasks and Agenda—through World Revolution.
- World Revolution—would occur under the leadership of the proletariat. “Proletariat of the world unite!” was their slogan.
- Marxist Theory—can be applied only in industrially developed European countries.
1. The Tasks and Agenda
The first task and the agenda, which I call the first Marxist postulate is clear—the overthrow of the existing Capitalist economic system and the creation of a new Socialist economic system under which all means of production belonged to the government. As a survivor of Soviet Socialism, I can tell you how this was brought about–-through the forcible confiscation and nationalization of all private property in the country.
Private Property is the main target of Marxism. The simple truth is that private ownership of property is a cornerstone of our American economic system, as it’s declared by our Founding Fathers. “Capitalism is not a system of government, it is the practice and philosophy of transforming resources into capital goods for the purpose of producing consumer products.” Michael Barone is right talking about American economic system: “We have been a property-holders’ democracy.” A very important element of the Theory is missing–neither Marx nor Engels identified over what time span Socialism would mature into the evolved and perfect classless Communist society. That is the crux of the matter—a dark hole in the theory and not the only one.
2. Fulfilling the Tasks and Agenda
The second postulate, how to achieve the task, is also clear—through World Revolution. It is a radical approach to the matter entailing fomenting unrest, chaos, violence, and killings. I am vehemently against such an approach because I know the tragedy that occurred in Russia. Marx’s statement that “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggle,” is simply not true. America’s Founding Fathers created a just and fair government and free country without any class struggle.
3. World Revolution
The third Marxist postulate is the leadership of the Proletariat. Class division is the wrong approach to the problem of leadership. And again, the example of America is the antithesis of the Marxist approach and suggests, to the contrary, that only competent, well-educated, and highly respected individuals—leaders who come from all walks of life with all kinds of talents—can provide a country true leadership, as was the case in America. It is individual personality and human qualities like George Washington or Thomas Jefferson that bring a leader to the forefront of a movement, not his or her identification with a certain class.
4. Marxist Theory
The fourth postulate is perhaps the only logical and economically sustainable position, i.e. that “Marxist theory can be applied only to industrially-developed European countries….“ Russia was an agricultural Empire at the time.
Ironically, despite not meeting the requirements of any of Marx’s four postulates, the first Socialist Revolution took power in Russia in 1917. And despite failing to meet Marxist requirements, and on the contrary by perverting all of them while at the same time using Marxist rhetoric to further his ends, Joseph Stalin created his own ideology and established a criminal syndicate, a totalitarian terror-machine called Soviet Socialism… For decades it was an expansionist ideology corrupting, abusing, and defrauding people of the world and this is one of the main reasons I am renaming the term Soviet Socialism to Soviet Fascism.
Self-Study of Soviet Socialism
A more comprehensive explanation of this complex and important subject will follow. I will offer you a suggestion and a series of articles to learn about Soviet Socialism in the 21st century.
To learn a real life under Soviet Socialism, please read my book Baltic Winds: Testimony of a Soviet Attorney, Xlibris, 2002. Pay attention especially to pp 167-168 to learn the term “Blat” and how a famous defense attorney buys meat and other food in the country under Socialism, where private property is liquidated… Reading the book, you actually can find some similarity with what you are seeing in America today…
1. Chapter 2 Marxism: Utopianism, a Fraud or Both? Socialist Lies, From Stalin to the Clintons, Obamas, and Sanders, Xlibris, 2016
2. Replacing Property as a Source of Wealth Creation, by Michael Barone, Townhall.com July, 4, 2011
3. The Morality of Capitalism; What Your Professors Won’t Tell You by Tom G. Palmer.
Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Dr. Rich Swier. The original version of this article appears here.