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What is Socialism?

It is a system where the government controls the means of production. It is basically Communism-Lite.  Socialism wants to be Communism when it grows up. The popular myth is that Socialism is a more caring system than Capitalism, and there’s still plenty of personal freedom. Not true. I’ve spent time in Socialist countries, like Venezuela, and I’ve done extensive travel recently in Communist China.

The first thing you notice there is that everyone is under surveillance. No matter where you go, nor what you do, the government is listening, watching…and paying attention. Even when driving with a friend in a car. Any comments made about the government are made in a quiet voice and, even then, not much is said. There are many ways your words could come back later to arrest you.

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Bureaucracy 

Under Socialism approvals are everything. Approval is the new wealth. If you have a certificate or permission slip, you are rich. You need a stamp, a document, a form, a voucher, a passport, a letter of approval. You must show your papers if you want to do anything valuable. And the people in charge of giving those approvals are unelected bureaucrats who don’t really care whether you get approved or not. Locals learn which queue to line up in, and on which days of the week they should apply in order to be most likely to get approved. People say, “But healthcare, education and public services are free.” Nice joke, what good is free medical care if the provider isn’t available or doesn’t care about assisting you?

From an article by Bret Stephens in the Washington Post:

“Greece has a public health care system that, in theory, guarantees its citizens access to necessary medical care. Practice, however, is another matter. Patients in Greek public hospitals, Tsipras explained, would first have to slip a doctor “an envelope with a certain amount of money” before they could expect to get treatment. The government, he added, underpaid its doctors and then looked the other way as they topped up their income with bribes.

Take a close look at any country or locality in which the government offers allegedly free or highly subsidized goods and you’ll usually discover that there’s a catch.

France’s subsidized day care is, by all accounts, fantastic for working parents who get their children into it. Except there’s a perpetual shortage of slots. In Sweden, a raft of laws protects tenants from excessively high rent. Except wait times for apartments can be as long as 20 years. In Britain, the National Health Service is a source of pride. Except that, even before the pandemic, 1 in 6 patients faced wait times of more than 18 weeks for routine treatment.”

In Capitalism the business owner cares about the customer because they have to, otherwise they lose your business to a competitor who cares more. And others are free to open a competitive business when opportunities are evident. When demand is great you put on more capacity to serve.

Distrust is Socialism’s starting point 

In Urumqi, China in the Uyghur Autonomous Region, I went with my host to the Grand Bazaar to do some shopping. There were military guards at every entrance and a passport was required just to go buy souvenirs or food. I was patted down and put up against the wall by a soldier who spoke no English. Luckily my agent/host came to my rescue and we were allowed in for an otherwise delightful shopping experience. I still suspect that I might have been carried away in one of the many armored vehicles as we were surrounded by heavily armed guards. Whew, that was close. And this is the state that Socialism aspires to achieve.

Rip Offs from Officials

While going through customs in Caracas during the Hugo Chavez era in Venezuela, the customs agent tried repeatedly to make me exchange all of my US dollars for “Bolivares” (the worthless currency of that country.) This happened both as I entered and days later as I departed. In China I applied at a bank to open a checking account so that I could use AliPay on my phone instead of always carrying Yuan currency “renminbi”. The bank, after an associate and I had stood in line for hours, informed me that I could not open an account because my Visa was only approved for ten years. Ten years! There’s not a quicker way either. There was no answer source to help you determine which line to get in or even whether it was worth it. You get in the queue or you go home. Wait your turn, no matter how long it takes. And, if their workday ends before you get to the front…come again to start over another day.

The next thing you notice is bars on windows and barbed wire or broken glass atop walls and fences. Even in Communist China’s zillions of high rise apartment buildings there are often bars on the windows going up as many as nine stories! Who is so desperate to break in that they would climb nine stories to do it? In Socialist countries there is less trust between people, more corruption and “off the books” dealing, and a thriving black market for basic human needs items. Most dealings begin with a payment under the table. There is also rampant crime, though you don’t see it openly.

In Venezuela I was horrified by the aggressive driving practices. Our driver, in a Mercedes sedan, actually nudged other cars out of the way! Intentional collisions!!! He drove on sidewalks when traffic stopped. No policemen even noticed. And poverty is overwhelming. Entire swaths of the city were complete squalor. Tens of thousands living without running water, reliable electricity, or sanitary conditions.

At the “luxury” hotel where I stayed for my speaking engagement I had two encounters that tell you a lot about the culture. First, my hostess on the concierge floor made it clear to me that she was available for extra services. I declined. Then, when I went downstairs to the salon for a simple haircut, my “stylist” fell asleep DURING the cut! He was on drugs and could barely get through the task of cutting my hair. I asked for another stylist but was refused. Thankfully the damage to my hair was minimal. These were not exceptional situations. This was pretty common wherever I went in Caracas. I understand that things have gotten much worse under the Maduro regime.

In other South American countries I’ve been told, “Under no circumstances are you to get into a car where you do not know the driver!” They say, “This is the car, a Dark Grey Honda Civic four door. The license plate is XXX1234. The driver’s name is Juan Saucedo. Don’t get into another car.” Sheesh! OK then. Later I learned that kidnapping of US visitors was very high in that country. Duly warned. That, my friends, is Socialism. Don’t try this at home!!!

Socialism also loves Racism 

Socialism requires “Systemic Racism” in order to work. To sustain control over a large population the government needs multiple ways to divide and isolate smaller groups. Get them to hate, fight, fear each other, then pick them off one at a time. They establish specific rules for each subgroup. The discrimination is built into the structure of the bureaucracy and reinforced daily through the media. Not just races but any identifiable subgroup.

Why do I say “racism” when clearly some of these are not racial categories? Because the treatment is the same as it would be if skin color were the issue. Look at how black conservatives like Candace Owens and Ben Carson are treated in the USA. It is all about seeing people as being “less than” and judging and restricting them accordingly.

In Socialist countries Americans are singled out first, no race required, the US passport proves that you are unworthy. Christianity gets one set of rules. Buddhism gets a different set. Whites are treated differently from Blacks or Latinos. Tourists, Business Travelers and Immigrants are tightly controlled and monitored. Accommodation of non-native speakers is often non-existent. Good luck speaking English in the Xinjiang district of China, or the customs processing facility in a Venezuelan airport, or at any government agency in Central or South America.

What is Racism?  If we are accusing people of it, then we ought to agree on what it is.

Racism is when one asserts that one race is superior to another race. But it doesn’t depend on physical “race” in order to be practiced. Caucasian, Negro, Asian, Latino, Aleutian, Indian, Aboriginal, Samoan, Jewish, Scandinavian, Native American, Arabic, Egyptian, etc. These were the races we heard most about during the past few generations in America. But Racism has morphed into a new context. Now there are “races” that have nothing whatsoever to do with one’s heritage or DNA.

Today there is virtually no distinction between the practice of Racism, Sexism, Leftism, Anything-Phobia, Climate Denial, Ageism (“OK Boomer”), Socialism, Communism, Religious Persecution or any other “ism.” The Leftists in America have recently invented new groups to hate in order to generate fear, disapproval and agreement to allow the isolation of them. “White Nationalist” is a big favorite, so is “White Supremacist” and “Male Domination”. There is no White Nationalist movement, nor are there enough people who desire White Supremacy to generate much concern.

If only whites were in charge of perpetuating racism we would see an end to it within one generation. 

Male Domination is also an easy one for them to perpetuate as an adversary; nature itself is male-dominant, so there’s no escaping that pattern. But these are fabricated judgments. It is the same as racism in practice. It’s all about diminishing the power of one group while advancing the power of your team.

Black Lives Matter is founded on racism.

Not other people’s racism, but their own. Of course lives matter regardless of skin color. But BLM clearly believes that Black is superior to other races, especially Whites. They elevate the needs of Blacks above all others and rationalize it by saying they are repaying past wrongs, even those that have no living victims anymore. They promote lies about police and make accusations that cannot be proven. “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” was a slogan manufactured by BLM to win sympathy for their violence. The Trayvon Martin trial is another where the popular myth was a lie. He was guilty of unprovoked assault and George Zimmerman was the victim who acted in self defense. But that’s not the way the BLM media campaign reported it. They also take isolated instances of police misbehavior and criminal action then they amplify it to seem like a wave of hatred and corruption sweeping the nation! Of course, some police are corrupt or are racists. But so are BLM leaders, church pastors, community organizers, hairstylists, kindergarten teachers and dog sitters. That doesn’t make it an epidemic! Every group has its miscreants but police corruption is not systemic nor highly common.

Accuse others of your sins

A central premise of racism is that, in order for it to work, you must ignore the misbehavior of your own group. The biggest source of black crime in America is at the hands of other blacks. In Chicago alone, gun violence, gang violence, and murders by blacks is epidemic. But the Leftist media and the BLM leaders ignore or minimize that. They rationalize it as evidence of how oppressed their group has been. Then they blame the crimes on the guns. Mostly illegal guns, but they ignore that and want to confiscate the guns owned by law abiding citizens.

Maxine Waters clearly believes that her Leftist racist cult, not her skin color, but rather, her worldview, is superior to others, especially Whites and Conservatives. She incites violence and hatred toward them daily. “Get in their faces wherever they go and tell them You’re Not Welcome Here!” The radical politicians known as “The Squad” quickly take on the same outrageous positions. They can’t afford to have you lose your sense of outrage and desire for “justice.”

One of the most openly racist groups on earth is “Antifa.”

Yet they will tell you that they are fighting Fascism. (Ask them to define it.) Antifa understands that using the same actions as Fascists is the best way to resist what they like to call Fascism. Yet what they do is exactly what the WWII Fascists did; they riot, burn, attack, kill, beat, damage, destroy, loot, intimidate and scream at both innocents and defenders. They are like Mussolini’s Brown Shirts and yet, they accuse others of being the offenders. They seem to have very little concern over who they target. Mostly they are committed to doing harm. They treat conservatives as if they were a lower form of life and it would be OK to abuse them.

Yet, even prestigious law schools keep the small mindedness alive. In early May 2021, at Rutgers law school, a student quoted a legal document that included the N-word and suddenly there was a public outcry to censure the student and heal the school of this awful experience.

“Lopez and his co-dean, Kimberly Mutcherson, said in a statement that the discussion underway had nothing to do with “stifling academic freedom, ignoring the First Amendment, or banning words.” Rather, they said, it was about “how best to create classroom environments in which all of our students feel seen, heard, valued and respected.”

Note: They did not say ‘where all students learn and excel in their subjects,’ but rather, where they feel comfortable. Rutgers is a damned expensive place to go to get good feelings, especially when you could have been getting an education instead of worrying about your feelings, if they just changed their focus.

Capitalism hates Racism

A Capitalist society is rooted in freedom and accountability. If you open a new business and it doesn’t meet a large enough public need to generate profits then it fails and you pay for your error through losses. If you mistreat or deceive your customers then competitors will get the business. America is a melting pot of many races and businesses cannot expect to treat them differently then still win their business loyalty.

Through apps like NextDoor.com and Yelp! among others we have found ways to communicate our happiness or unhappiness when dealing with local providers. This freedom of speech allows us to eliminate the bad apples in a non violent way. We simply stop doing business with them. No race identity is required.

The next time someone says Socialism isn’t a threat to America, or when they hurl “Racist” accusations at others, give them a copy of this article and say, “Make your point with logic and evidence.” That will likely be a very short conversation. Have a profitable day.

 

 

 

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Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE is an Executive MBA Professor, Author of 21 books, Hall of Fame Professional Speaker, Top 1% TEDx video (2.4 million views), US Army veteran, Singer/Songwriter, and Lifelong Motorcyclist. He is known as "Your Virtual VP" for his Advisory/Mentor work with organizations worldwide. Based in Texas...and proud of it!



 
 
 

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America No More…

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After watching with over a hundred others the newly released movie, Civil War, I left the theater stunned, and I was not alone. Was it a good movie? Just a deeply unsettling one! Could it really happen? You don’t even want to imagine it! But with Biden’s assault on America continuing and Trump reemerging as the favored GOP candidate, the American division is growing. More and more citizens are getting angrier as their standard of living is in jeopardy and illegals are getting benefits citizens can only dream of.

Spoiling the movie’s plot is never appropriate, but when Western forces from Texas, Florida, and even California take on the elected President, the country is left in a civil war. We watch as desensitized media professionals cover the death of hundreds of American citizens. To the film’s media, the war is just a once-in-a-lifetime story that deserves to be captured one picture at a time. After all, it’s the media’s job. They are just feeding citizens what they want—blood, gore, winners, and victims. What would happen if America descends into such chaos? This movie provides one disturbing view, one that, God help us, must never happen.

One thing is clear, when a country loses trust in its leader’s ability to preserve their cherished freedoms and ensure equal treatment under the law, even insurrection seems somehow possible. That is a nightmare no American should have to entertain, but more and more Americans seem to be losing hope in the future of our country. They don’t trust elections. Many don’t even like the Presidential choices presented to them.

The Founding Fathers valued freedom enough to unleash a revolution against the greatest power at the time. Enough citizens joined them in securing what most at the time believed impossible, independence. Yes, insurrection hatched our beloved America. Belief in equal rights and freedom are powerful forces that have always driven patriotic Americans to action.


Even with our differences, most Americans believe in property rights, voting rights, law enforcement to keep us safe, freedom of speech, and personal responsibility. Unfortunately, more and more Americans feel these values are in question, and they are not sure America can be saved!

Many Americans no longer even believe that elections will produce a lawful winner. They don’t trust the voting machines. They want paper ballots that can be counted. They don’t believe multiple days are needed. Hasn’t one day of voting always been enough? They want required IDs and signed mail-in ballots. They fear ballot harvesting is just another name for ‘manufacturing” all the votes you need to ensure a fraudulent victory. Are American fair elections no more!

Many no longer believe that the enforcement of law is fair and sure. While former President Donald Trump has been charged with multiple “crimes,” President Joe Biden’s similar actions aren’t even charged. Hunter Biden’s influence peddling with money set aside for the “Big Guy” are not even covered in the mainstream media. The Dept. of Justice is quick to charge Trump, but with the Bidens, we hear nothing but crickets. People who commit crimes are being let go instead of being held accountable. Is American law and order no more!

Under President Trump, our border was finally more under control. Under Biden, his open border has been continually flooding our country with illegals from around the world. They come expecting benefits at the expense of taxpaying citizens. Illegals overwhelm services in our urban areas. Legal immigrants had to wait years to enter and are fuming at this invasion of illegals rushing to the front of the line and expecting to be accepted, supported, and allowed to become citizens. Is America’s secure border no more!

We thought in America, your home was your castle. If you work to buy the home of your dreams, you were sure that your property rights were secure in a community that you loved. But today, squatters are taking over vacant homes and fending off owners who want them to leave their property. Illegals are being told to come to America, find an empty home, and move in. In the name of equity, governments are rezoning the suburbs and requiring the building of low-income housing where it is not wanted. Are America’s property rights no more!

Do you believe America is lost? Do you believe nothing can reverse this march to chaos? Do you believe that it is time to buy your own guns to protect your family when the government won’t? Is a civil war coming? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are in danger of losing the optimistic attitude that has characterized Americans for two centuries. This is our country. This is not the time for surrender. It’s time to fight to preserve America the best way you can—vote for candidates who promise to preserve the rights you value most.

Your vote does matter. There are no perfect candidates, but the party positions make a difference in this critical election. If you want law and order, secure borders, fair elections, property rights, and a return to personal responsibility, there is only one party to support. Vote for every GOP candidate you are given the opportunity to support, or it may very well be America no more!

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Prepare for the Worst: Domestic Sabotage and Violence on the Horizon

The wheels of extremism are already in motion

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Leading up to this November, and beyond, it now seems inevitable that America will experience extreme turmoil, if not outright hostilities and even urban warfare. Nothing that I write here will have any impact in terms of what is likely to occur. For one, Leftists don’t tend to read articles by conservative and, two, the wheels of extremism are already in motion.

Tactics Without End

I devote at least 500 hours annually to reading about political, historical, and cultural matters, adding up to more than 5,000 hours in the last 10 years. I’ve reached the same conclusion which legions of others have: Domestically the U.S. is headed for huge trouble. We already know many of the Left’s tactics to hinder Donald Trump’s 2024 campaign, which include devious hoaxes, endless lies and slander, bogus lawsuits and selective prosecution, unconstitutional fines, and much more.

As spring leads to summer, Trump’s lead over Biden could grow. As such, expect the Left to act even more desperately with reprehensible tactics. Consider that of late RINO Congressional Representatives are suspiciously retiring early on dates with no chance for a special election to occur in their districts. Hence, Democrats can retake the House. Do you smell payola? Thereafter if Trump is elected, the House could attempt to deny certification.

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By June or July, invariably, the Left will seek to foment another “George Floyd” incident and blame it all on Trump. With the power of The New York Times and major networks embellishing the narrative and offering World War II level coverage, the masses will be snowed. Think about Donald Trump observing that if he’s not elected there will be a bloodbath in the auto industry, and how the mainstream media, in unison, immediately claimed that Trump was calling for nationwide violence.

The Left is Violent and Everyone Knows It

The most violent segment of our society happens to be on the Left, as even many casual observers know. If Trump is ahead in the polls in September or October, expect dissension wherever the Left can prevail. When Trump wins the election in November, expect riots in 200 cities or more, surreptitiously funded by George Soros and his kind.

The money will fuel Antifa and other groups of young men and women who do not have career level jobs but do have questionable futures. The riots will last for as long as the extremists can persist; days, weeks, even months. From there, open warfare, in the form of urban snipers, is entirely possible.

Leading up to inauguration on January 20, many key dates such as certification from Congress, approval of Electoral College votes, and so on, represent key opportunities for the Left’s planned disruptions.

Disruption and Sabotage

January 20 could be a day of extreme violence. Washington, DC will have to be put under martial law. National guards from every surrounding state will be employed. The violent Left will not allow Trump to peacefully take over the reins from the corrupt, demented Joe Biden.

Biden’s administration, ruled by Barack Obama, will not offer a smooth transition of power, unlike all other presidents since our nation was founded. This is except for Obama, who did all he could to sabotage first Trump’s administration from the get-go.

The rest of January leading into February will represent days of turmoil. The Left will attempt to disrupt Trump’s second administration 24/7. They will harass and threaten political appointees. They will form roadblocks. They will resort to antics in front of federal buildings, the Supreme Court building, and other targeted locations which they deem to be ‘in their way.’

Eventually, Trump can clean it all up but at enormous financial and social cost. Rioters and less-than-peaceful protestors can be taken off the streets and, this time, held for much more than 24 hours. They can be charged, fingerprinted, photographed, and processed by a now lawful Department of Justice . However, such major operations will result in a lot of pain and gnashing of teeth.

Sadly for our nation, the scenarios above are more likely to be true than not.

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