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A Social Democracy, or a Democratic Socialist Republic, is neither fish nor fowl. Socialism and the human rights normally associated with a free, un-planned and un-controlled market place are so incompatible with each other as to be, eventually, mutually exclusive. Either one may increase only at the expense of the other.
Austrian economists such as Von Hayek and Von Mises warned long ago that any introduction of government restrictions or controls imposed upon the free market would prompt the free market to fail in some way and to some degree. The slightest failure detected in the less free market would then be used by government as an excuse to impose even more government planning and controls on the increasingly less free market. “Social” Democracy is therefore little more than a long, slippery slope, eventually and inevitably ending in Marx’s Dictatorship of the Proletariat, which is, of necessity, a pure Dictatorship.
Many well meaning idealistic people today view Socialist theory in a positive light because of the vague Socialist promise of greater equality than is apparent in purely Capitalist societies, which shows Capitalism in an unfavorable light. So a compromise position seems best, to the idealist seeking equality. But, we need to look more closely at what, exactly, is meant by equality.
When an American founding father spoke of equality, he was speaking of equality of rights, remedies and treatment before the law. When a Socialist speaks of equality, he is speaking about equality of stuff. Stuff of all variety, especially money, is what Socialism seeks to collectivize and re-distribute. This kind of equality precludes all human rights, including all of our enumerated Constitutional rights, in exchange for one right only: the right to be exactly the same as everyone else.
The lure for the poor man is the vision of equality of mansions to live in, equality in excellence in cuisine, equality in wealth, and so forth. In truth, what Socialism will deliver is equality of shacks and shanties, equality of poor and limited diet and equality of poverty. In Soviet Russia, multiple families shared one small city apartment with one bathroom and one kitchen. Everyone jealously watched each other to make certain no one got or had any more of anything than anyone else. And, except to squeal on each other, everybody kept his mouth shut.
Socialism is the end of the trail for all Social Democracies. To see what that’s like today, take a good look at Cuba, or North Korea. Even China, after all these years, realized that planned economies just don’t work. Democrats haven’t learned that yet. Even as Socialist China acts to free her market and unleash Capitalism to some degree, we see America moving in the opposite direction under Democrat leadership.
Social Democracy describes more of an ideology than a government organization. After miserable failures of Communist revolutions before World War I, and with the solitary success of the Russian Revolution, it became, in a variety of forms, the chosen non-revolutionary path to eventual world Communism. It emphasizes gradual legislative and/or regulative restrictions on practices of Capitalism and free markets while de-emphasizing the actual goal of Communism.
There is a worldwide organization called Socialist International (SI) with representation from various national and international political Parties that call themselves, variously, Social Democratic, or Democratic Socialist, etc., that defines "freedom" somewhat differently than it is defined in the USA. What they emphasize is "Social Justice" which over-emphasizes equality over freedom, including economic and cultural equality, encourages redistributionism and collectivization, and seeks either severe restrictions on or full control of the "means of production."
Note that economic and cultural equality absolutely preclude the particularly American notion of equality before the law. Equality of stuff cannot be achieved without violating the notion of equal rights, protections and remedies under the law.
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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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