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They’ve Won

The other day I was listening to Mike Church on my way to work and and he was reading through the platform ticket of the 1928 socialist party.  The more I listened the more disturbed I became by what I was hearing.  One after another Mr. Church worked his way down the list and I realized that we had unknowingly became what many in America claim to abhor…socialists.  If you think I’m stretching the truth or off the mark take a look at their list for yourself.

  1. “Nationalization of our natural resources, beginning with the coal mines and water sites, particularly at Boulder Dam an Muscle Shoals.” (Boulder Dam, renamed Hoover Damn, and Muscle Shoals are now both federal government projects.)
  2. “A publicly owned giant power system under which the federal government shall cooperate with the states and municipalities in the distribution of electrical energy to the people at cost.” (This is a generally accepted process across the country.)
  3. “National ownership and democratic management of railroads and other means of transportation and communication.” (Railroad passenger service is completely nationalized through Amtrak. Some freight service is nationalized through Conrail. Private railroads are strictly regulated by the Federal Government. The FCC controls communications by telephone, telegraph, radio, and television.)
  4. “An adequate national program for flood control, flood relief, reforestation, irrigation, and reclamation.” (Government expenditures for these purposes are currently in the many billions of dollars.)
  5. “Immediate governmental relief of the unemployed by the extension of all public works and a program of long range planning of public works . . .” (In the 1930s, WPA and PWA were a direct counterpart; now, a wide variety of other programs are.) “All persons thus employed to be engaged at hours and wages fixed by bona-fide labor unions.” (The Davis-Bacon and Walsh-Healey Acts require contractors with government contracts to pay “prevailing wages,” generally interpreted as highest union wages – also the national minimum wage.)
  6. “Loans to states and municipalities without interest for the purpose of carrying on public works and the taking of such other measures as will lessen widespread misery.” (Federal grants in aid to states and local municipalities currently total tens of billions of dollars a year.)
  7. “A system of unemployment insurance.” (Part of Social Security system.)
  8. “The nation-wide extension of public employment agencies in cooperation with city federations of labor.” (U.S. Employment Service and affiliated state employment services administer a network of about 2,500 local employment offices.)
  9. “A system of health and accident insurance and of old age pensions as well as unemployment insurance.” (Part of Social Security. Full global health insurance proposed widely.)
  10. “Shortening the workday” and “Securing every worker a rest period of no less than two days in each week.” (Legislated by wages and hours laws that require overtime for more than forty hours of work per week.)
  11. “Enacting of an adequate federal anti-child labor amendment.” (Not achieved as amendment, but essence incorporated into various legislative acts.)
  12. “Abolition of the brutal exploitation of convicts under the contract system and substitution of a cooperative organization of industries in penitentiaries and workshops for the benefit of convicts and their dependents.” (Partly achieved, partly not.)
  13. “Increase taxation on high income levels, of corporation taxes and inheritance taxes, the proceeds to be used for old age pensions and other forms of social insurance.” (In 1928, highest personal income tax rate, 25 percent; in 2008, 35 percent, above 40 percent proposed by Obama; in 1928, corporate tax rate, 12 percent; in 2008, 35-39% percent with proposed increases by Obama; in 1928, top federal estate tax rate, 20 percent; in 2008, 48% with proposed increases by Obama.)
  14. “Appropriation by taxation of the annual rental value of all land held for speculation.” (Not achieved in this form, but property taxes have risen drastically.)

H/T Rise of Reason

It took only 83 years to accomplish this checklist and now we have another progressive President in office who wants to finish the job.  They’ve won.  The proof is in the list.  But the real victory didn’t come by them accomplishing their socialistic goals; the real victory was them being able to accomplish these goals under our very noses without us even realizing it.  And this is truly the saddest thing of all.  For awhile now Mr. Church has been saying we’re all good little socialists…I now understand why.  Liberty lost is a tough thing to reclaim.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

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  • fleeceme July 14, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Excellent list and great points.

    What people fail to realize, is that socialism doesn’t mean the government has to possess business to be in control of it. All they need to do is pass multitude upon multitude of onerous regulation to effectively control any industry they so desire. Its control without the responsibility of clean-up when one of them goes out of business – unless they are “too big to fail banks” or General Motors. We knock the banks and GM for being bailed out, but isn’t it partly the government’s fault in the first place that they had to be? Half the socialist goals on the list can be attributable to the downfall of GM.

    Unfortunately most of the big-wig big business types are just as socialist as the politicians, so maybe its all their damn faults.
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    • John Carey July 14, 2011 at 10:42 PM

      Thanks Colin. You nailed it when you said “What people fail to realize, is that socialism doesn’t mean the government has to possess business to be in control of it.” I believe it can also be called Fascism to a certain degree. I agree that much of Wall Street and Big Business are filled with good little socialist who desire to use regulations to eliminate their competition…undermining the free market system.
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  • Steve Dennis July 15, 2011 at 5:38 AM

    The managed to win by convincing the American people over the years that they were right, of course they did this stealthily by never admitting who they were and moving in increments over many years. The American people have accepted socialism and haven’t even realized it. It is going to be tought to turn this around.
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    • John Carey July 15, 2011 at 6:24 AM

      Very tough Steve. I was talking to a friend about this the other day and he said this is about the role of government and when one side believes the role of government should be expansive and unlimited while the other believes it should be limited in scope and small it is hard to find a middle ground. These scenarios usually end bad.
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  • Infidel de Manahatta July 15, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    As long as the media keeps telling the gullible public that the democratic socialist agenda is “compassionate” and that Republicans, conservatives, libertarians and capitalists are evil, the socialist agenda will be much easier to accomplish.
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  • John Galt July 15, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Socialism by evolution instead of by revolution. Yes, it is within the seeds of a democratic system to evolve into dependency. Dependency breeds government controls, and government controls creates more dependency.

    The vicious circle is difficult to break once it gains momentum. We are reaching what I call “the point of no return”. This is the point where there are more people dependent than independent. I closely follow the index of my own creation which indicates to me where we are heading. It is plainly the “Wealth contribution to government services and welfare programs”. The main contributing factor is the percentage of people that pay taxes, both weighted to per-capita and gross. We seem to be in the threshold of 48-49% right now. My point of no-return is 50%.

    Once the majority of the people get more than they contribute, they have no interest in changing the system.

    Very good post with a cornucopia of intriguing ramifications.
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    • John Carey July 15, 2011 at 7:55 PM

      What even more sinister is the illusion created by our progressive tax system to make people actually believe that they are paying into the system. This illusion hides the fact that more people are pulling from the system then contributing.
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  • 5etester July 15, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    We’ve witnessed the slow creep of progressivism under a masterfully executed plan.Even today in the 11th hour,most aren’t even aware it’s occurring.

    There is one redeeming feature to our socialist utopia.It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.I would equate it to the first hill on a roller coaster.A long,slow climb upward followed by a huge freefall.

    That’s our fate,I’m afraid.Simply not enough of us who recognize the train wreck coming to offset the blissfully ignorant with no idea.

    So the socialists always lose in the end.It’s just a question of what will be left to salvage.

    Well done Mr. Carey.
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  • Trestin July 15, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    The more I read the writings of early socialist teachers and organizations, the more I’m shocked at what our world actually is.
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    • John Carey July 15, 2011 at 10:57 PM

      Yep, they have managed to achieve their socialistic goals a piece at a time over the years using some sort of crisis to institute change. Years from now we’re going to look back at this point an realize just how destructive the Frank-Dodd financial reform bill really is. We will look back and ask ourselves why we didn’t do more to stop it.
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  • Teresa July 16, 2011 at 6:25 AM

    Good list. Extremely sad though. Excellent points, John! Colin is spot on in his comment. I guess the American people chose security over liberty. We need to reverse course and gain back our lost liberties.
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    • John Carey July 16, 2011 at 4:40 PM

      Thanks Teresa. Yep Colin nailed it. Socialism can come in many forms and government regulation on businesses is just one form. This is why over regulations is so dangerous. The more they regulate an entity the more that entity is under the control of the regulator. Look at the banks. Over regulation and the threat of more regulation actually led to the housing crisis. So the solution to the problem was of course more regulation through the Frank-Dodd Law. This law is a terrible law that directly attacks the free market system and places governmental control on a system that is already far too regulated.
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  • Bob Mack July 16, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Great post & comments. I’ve got nothing to add, so I’ll just sent this one out over Twitter & link to it.
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  • Matt July 17, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    This is what they meant by the “long march through the institutions.” They are very entrenched, are they not?
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    • John Carey July 18, 2011 at 6:04 AM

      Absolutely Matt. This is why is will be so difficult to turn this around. People are addicted to their entitlement.
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