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(Note that a “pure” Socialism does not exist; in point of fact, Socialism equals Marxism, and all historical manifestations of it have been or are dictatorships, masquerading as free societies. This definition describes the ideal Socialism that pro-Socialism idealists promote and hope to achieve. This is a comparative definition, meant to be looked at in tandem with the parallel, or opposite definition at the Pure Democracy page.)
Pure Socialism involves a centrally planned economic system, which requires a government controlled population of workers to operate the system. Therefore Socialism is both an economic system and a government system. Socialism absolutely requires government control of all economic as well as political and public affairs.
Pure Socialism represents a completely planned economy, in which the means of production are collectively held, and in which state authorities rather than free market forces directly determine prices, output and production. Socialism is an economic and social system under which total equality of individuals is given preference over individual liberty, and under which all of the economic means of production, distribution and exchange are collectively owned.
The most important features of the planned economy are:
The right of the individual to excel, or to improve himself or his condition is denied, along with all other individual rights, in favor of one single individual right: the right to be exactly the same as everyone else. The balance between the mutually exclusive ideals of individual liberty and total equality always favors total equality at the expense of individual liberty.
Pure Socialism cannot coexist with the honest popular elections of representative Democracy because no population would ever willingly (or knowingly) vote for the total loss of individual rights required to achieve pure Socialism; thus the biggest problem of Socialism is how to select the leadership. In practice, the Socialist method of selecting leaders has been by use of force. In pure Socialism, all power is vested in the central government, and, economically speaking, the government does everything, and the individual, nothing, other than what he is told.
The rule of subsidiarity, whose two main precepts are that everyone who is affected by an issue should be in the jurisdiction responsible for it, and that as few people as possible who are not affected by an issue should have jurisdiction or responsibility over it, says that all political authority should be vested in the most local jurisdiction possible. Problems affecting only a town should be handled by that town, county problems by that county, etc., and problems that can be handled by any part of the private sector should not be given over to any level of government at all.
The rule of subsidiarity is denied under pure Socialism because the centrally planned economy requires the top level of government to be in charge of all aspect of economic, political and social life. Low level and local matters are handled, in accordance with central planning, by various bureaucrats in the vast government bureaucracy that is required of Socialism.
The ideal Socialist situation follows:
Such a situation is, of course, possible only under the fiercest form of totalitarianism imaginable, where the central government involves itself deeply in the most minute and mundane details of the private affairs of the individual citizen.
Majoritarianism must be replaced by absolute authoritarianism (to use the Orwellian Newspeak terms favored by America's pro-Socialist Left against them.) The majority cannot rule; everything must be centrally planned. (Many modern Leftists seek to migrate from majoritarianism through minoritarianism to pure Socialist totalitarianism, by promoting “big tent” politics in which alliances of minorities might out vote the majority.)
Von Mises argued that a planned economy is not only wasteful, but must ultimately fail because it lacks the most efficient basis of resource allocation, which is a natural price system, and it cannot institute a price system without betraying and destroying its political principle.
On the bright side, since the government is the only employer, pays all salaries and holds all wealth and property, there are no taxes to worry about. Only work quotas.
Under pure Socialism, increased human population presents a problem. Experience shows that men not free to improve their own condition show less initiative, become more dependant, are seen by their own government as “mouths to feed” rather than as human capital, and they consume wealth rather than generate it. Socialists, therefore, always champion human population control.
Socialism, or, the dictatorship of the Proletariat, is the so-called evolutionary stepping stone envisioned by Marx and Engles on the path to Communist utopia. Communism, as envisioned by Marx and Engles, of course, does not exist, has never existed, will never exist, and is quite impossible. Socialism is the antithesis of representative government. No people that ever entered the Socialist “phase” ever got out of it on their own initiative. Socialism is now the “end” toward which all Leftists drive, using any means available.
The socio-political counter-argument to Pure Socialism is Pure Democracy.
The “theory” containing Socialism is described at the Marxism link.
As you can see in the brief Definition Of Socialism link, there is not, never was, and cannot ever be any dreamed-of ultimate Communist, utopian, classless, “workers paradise” in which history stops and there is no hunger or poverty in the world. Socialism is the true goal of all sham movements and governments that call themselves Communist. Socialism has never fed the hungry or aided the impoverished, anywhere, ever. Quite the opposite.
Socialism equals Dictatorship by another name.
Lincoln described our unique American form of representative government as “government of the people, by the people, for the people”. Socialism opposes representative government on the theory that the masses are not wise enough to govern themselves and are therefore in need of an intellectual elite to rule them and make important life decisions for them. Elections in Socialist lands are always either corrupted or sham elections. Most usually, when elections are held at all, there is only one candidate representing one and only one political Party. Bureaucrats and government officials gain and hold office at the sole discretion of the dictator.
No matter how “benign” any given Socialist dictator may appear to be, it must always be remembered that he is not the last dictator, only the current one. There will be another. And another. History will not stop.
Obama is clearly a collectivist and a redistributionist, who has stated that he views our Constitutional Bill of Rights as a “set of negative constraints on government” spelling out what the US government cannot do to the people, while failing to say what he and other Socialists think the US government should do for the people. He will move us toward or into Socialism just as far as he is able, which means cutting back on individual rights and promoting social sameness.
Also, see the Population Problem Hoax.
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Date: Sun Jul 11 10:41:17 2010
Location: Austin TX
I’ve been going through some of your pages and holding myself back until finished, but it is a very frustrating process. I need to just make a couple of points and hear your reaction before I’m finished.
You don’t seem to know the difference between Democracy and Capitalism, and your lack of knowledge of your subject, which I have also noted elsewhere, is really showing here. If you don’t really understand your topic you shouldn’t be writing about it and touting yourself to be some sort of intellectual giant in the field. You seem to be writing this stuff to pump yourself up in the eyes of your readers, but where are your boa fides, what degrees do you hold and from what recognized intellectual platform do you speak?
My second point regards how you manage to get top search engine rating for your pages. How much do you pay to (or who do you know at) Google to get them to put any of your pages at the top of Google search results? First, when I Google “definition of Marxism” I find one of your misguided rants at the top of the heap. That’s what drew my into your Website in the first place. Now, when I Google “fatal premise” I find another such rant on top.
And I am left shaking my head and wondering why.
Date: Sun Jul 11 18:47:11 2010
From: Vic Biorseth
Sorry to have shaken up your neat little world. You probably never noticed, but it seems that Democracy and Capitalism seem to go together very nicely, while both Democracy and Capitalism are each at rather extreme odds with any brand of Marxism, including so-called Socialism. Individual liberty – the ability to act freely in your own best interest as you see fit – is absolutely dependent upon a free and open marketplace. Which means Capitalism.
Restrict the market, and you restrict liberty. Restrict liberty, and you restrict the market. So you see, Democracy, involving as it does representative government rather than ruling government, is very much tied to Capitalism. You might be too well educated to know that. It’s very simple, really. The original American ideal still works. All we need here is free men, free markets and the rule of fixed law, rather than controlled or dependent men, planned markets and the variable rule of mere men, meaning dictatorship.
I have never claimed to be an intellectual. Your statement that I touted myself to be one is a lie, which makes you a liar, doesn’t it? Yes indeed, of the flagrant categorical variety.
My last name is Biorseth, not Google. I know no one at Google or at any other search-engine – owning company, and I pay no one or no business entity for any kind of page ranking. I have nothing whatsoever to do with where any of my WebPages rank with any search engines. This site contains hundreds of pages; some of them rank high, some low, but there is not much I can do about that once any page I’m working on is finished and finally published on my site. Go ask Google.
I bid you happy reading, and a rising up from snobbish intellectual elitism.
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Nov 14 08:25:53 2012
Location: North Carolina
Wow. This article/essay could only have been written by someone with a very poor spiritual life and a limited understanding of how the universe actually operates, and even what a Utopian vision looks like to non-capitalists. It's a bit silly, actually, especially to those who've had the benefit of prolonged near-death experiences that reveal who we really are and what we're really here to do. What's written above is NOT a description of 'pure' socialism, it's just a compilation of things that the writer and those like him understand will turn people off. It is the work of evil to so manipulate and distort the precepts and desires of our Creator for one's own agenda. Shame.
Date: Fri Nov
16 05:37:39 2012
From: Vic Biorseth
I’m sure you’ve seen Olympus, and perhaps Valhalla. I hope you got to see Nirvana; I heard it’s beautiful this time of year.
Date: Thu Apr 11 21:58:14 2013
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado, America
I agree with you on your view of socialism it seems quite accurate and i can understand why its at the top of google. Its very informative so bravo for such writing it helped me grasp socialism more.
Date: Sat Apr 13 06:06:20 2013
From: Vic Biorseth
Thank you; I hope you see that pure Socialism, or Ideal Socialism, is nothing but a Ponzi-Scheme. A Ponzi-Scheme is a fraudulent scam that entices victims to "invest" for a promised get-rich-quick profit. The scamster pays the earliest investors high returns using nothing but money invested by investors. Sooner or later, new investors stop investing, the whole thing collapses, and the investors discover that they have been investing in nothing, other than their own investments, and that the scamster has skipped town with a bag full of money.
Similarly, the Socialist Ideal entices more and more people to become dependents rather than producers and tax payers. Sooner or later, everyone is a dependent and there is no one left to produce and pay taxes, and the whole economic system collapses.
Behind the Socialist mask of the highest ranking politicians is the face of Communism and dictatorship, just waiting to take control after complete social breakdown.
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Sociological Definition Pages
Definitions of all the "isms" with a lot of consensus of thinking behind them, which makes them popular opinions or ideas seeking political favor.
Definition of Marxism: Total control of means of production, including workers. The definition of Marxism describes the social, economic and governmental philosophy of Karl Marx, co-author of the Communist Manifesto.
Definition of Freudianism: The psychoanalytical thought and practice of Freud, Jung and Kinsey. This definition of Freudianism addresses Sigmund Freud's turn of psychological focus from cognition and intellect to the unconscious & subconscious mind.
The definition of Darwinism in a nutshell. In the definition of Darwinism we find the foundational priciples upon which the quest for the atheist holy grail: the purely material origin of life itself.
Definition of Islam: Ideology of Military Conquest Masquerading as a Religion. The Definition of Islam describes the “Convert, Submit or Die” War Strategy of Mohammed.
The term Marxist defined: Marxism today has overtaken many earlier terms. Re the term Marxist defined in contemporary usage. The term Liberal doesn’t mean what it used to mean either.
Definition of Conservatism: "That government is best that governs the least." A definition of conservatism must recognize that, politically speaking, the terms Liberal and Conservative have traded places.
Definition of Libertarian : A Pro-Constitutional Practical Atheist. The definition of Libertarian describes a religiously-cleansed conservatism defending core American political values while denying moral absolutes.
Definition of Capitalism: Economic Organization based on Private Property. Any true definition of Capitalism must state that it is purely an Economic system, not a Government system, and it works most efficiently and profitably under Representative Government.
Our argument supporting the Rule of Subsidiarity, practicality and common sense. The moral and organizational Rule of Subsidiarity is crucial to the rights of man and essential for freedom.
Definition of Communism: Marx's theoretical classless utopian society. The Marxian definition of Communism involves the theoretical, perfect, classless society with common ownership of all economic "means of production."
Definition of Fascism: System of Marxism resisting the Worker's Revolution. A true definition of Fascism must recognize its deep roots in Marxism.
Definition of Anarchy: Opposition to State Authority in favor of - well - Gangs. They said it couldn’t be done; but even the most cursory Definition of Anarchy shows it to be even more stupid than Communism.
Definition of Socialism: Intermediary phase between Marxism and Communism. Definition of Socialism: 1) The older ideology with "collective" ownership of power and means of production; 2) Marx's "Dictatorship Of The Proletariat" evolving toward Communist Utopia.
Definition of Democracy: Ideology stressing direct or electoral majority rule. The definition of Democracy as a form of government involves policy and law determined by the actual, real majority of the people governed.
Definition of Republic: A state in which sovereignty rests with the people. This definition of Republic stresses autonomy and rule-of-law, and places the root of sovereignty in the people or their electorate.
Liberal Democracy defines elected representative government under rule-of-law. Liberal Democracy is differentiated from Social Democracy by not restricting the right to private property, which is to say, the means of production.
A pure Democracy that left the natural economy alone would be ideal. Pure Democracy in the Jeffersonian model, with unfettered free market Capitalism, would out-perform any other system.
Description of pure Socialism - the ideal that all Socialism is driving toward. A true, pure Socialism would be something considerably less than the Utopians dream of, since perfection is not of this world, or of this life, and will never be encountered in either.
Social Democracy defines an attempt to force-fit Marxist ideas into a Democracy. Social Democracy, neither fish nor foul, seeks, by devious means, by the gradual rather than revolutionary path, the ultimate victory of Communism, or, Communist Utopia.
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Our definition of anti American goes considerably deeper than the dictionary. Anyone, anywhere, may oppose nationalism or national pride. Definition of anti American: one who ignores or opposes the American Constitution.
Our definition of pro American goes considerably deeper than the dictionary. Anyone, anywhere, may be a patriot. Definition of pro American: one who loves and adheres to the American Constitution.
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