Some basics of socialism (in the Fifty States and elsewhere)

With Bernie Sanders, “independent” Senator of Vermont, now the frontrunner for the Democratic Party’s nomination (and attempt to depose Trump), socialism is more on people’s minds. It doesn’t hurt to get up to speed on just what this evil political philosophy really is.

If we don’t understand what we are fighting, we cannot hope to win. Especially when those who claim to also be fighting the evil themselves believe in, support, and promote the same evil. Just under a different name. Or blinded by propaganda.

There have been some excellent articles recently published on the entire subject.

John C. Goodman recently had an article in Townhall, well worth reading. In “What is Socialism?” John takes a traditional approach, but is careful to point out the many flavors of socialism, and the inevitable tie between stealing economic freedom and political (personal) freedom.

But especially worth taking time to read, re-read, and digest is Jacob Hornberger’s recent triology published by his Future of Freedom Foundation (

Jacob’s first is “A Life of the Lie on Socialism,” published as part of his blog. He points out (unlike John) that not only America’s young people love socialism. Indeed, Jacob points out correctly that virtually all Americans have embraced socialism in most aspects of life – they just don’t call it that.

In his second, “Socialism in America, 31 years ago,” also part of his blog, he continues to specify how Americans have accepted the lie – now far more than a century old – that we live in a free society with a system of free enterprise. As he points out, our generation is far from the first one to understand this. However, the warnings have been ignored. Just as they are being today.

Jacob’s third article, “Socialism in education,” zooms in on just one sector, and just one part of that sector. Jacob points out that the socialist education system (which dates from the 1850s and earlier) is a key reason that socialism – by that name – is more and more acceptable to once-free Americans. He also notes that the alternatives to government-run, tax-funded schools are often themselves corrupted by socialism.

I encourage everyone to read these and share them with others. Socialism, as represented by its admitted promoter, is not a threat facing us only if Sanders is elected. It has and continues to destroy our freedoms, our liberty. Sanders and his ilk will expand it, taking away MORE liberty by giving more control to government, but it will be a shift in intensity, not a new process.

A related article was just published by Christine Smith, one of the better libertarian writers out there (though she has eschewed the label), and is also available at She attacks socialist education (GRTF schools) and particularly compulsory education. Like myself and Jacob, she equates compulsory education with military conscription and chattel slavery, and like us and Marshall Fritz, calls for the separation of school and state.

Unless more Americans are willing to pull off the blinders installed in our minds by government education and culture, and reject the false messiahs (like Sanders, and like FDR and Wilson and Lincoln before him), we will lose the liberty we still have. And, as seen by our actions today and in the past 30 years, actually welcome that loss. While continuing to proclaim how free we are.

That requires admitting that what we take for granted is indeed socialism, and that our “mixed economy” (as I was first taught 50+ years ago) is a whole lot less “free enterprise” and a whole lot more socialism. And getting more so.

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Beer Flu (COVID-19) – Panic and more

Apparently, novelle coronavirus, or NCV-19 or 2019-new corona virus are all now unacceptable, and the official, non-racist, non-partisan, non-chauvinist name is “COVID-19). I still like the nickname Beer Flu coined by a relative.

Coronavirus Panic Reaches Bnei Brak - The Yeshiva World

Anyway, as I read and hear the news, including that from various alternative and libertarian websites and course, I see the panic ramping up.

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The opportunism of government

A common characteristic of human, mandatory government can easily be seen through the ages.

In modern times, it is summed up with this quote:

Never let a good crisis go to waste.

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The Bloomberg File

I understand that Michael Bloomberg is an incredible businessman. Better than Donald Trump. Ahead of Warren Buffet. Superior to George Soros. Heads above Bill Gates. More savvy than Elon Musk. He’s worth billions and billions. Apparently made “on his own.” (It is claimed by some that Trump is a larger-scale welfare bum.)

But he is bad for government. For the Fifty States, for the world. And especially for liberty. Bad even in comparison to Bush and Trump, to Buffet and Gates.

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After China, who is next?

The inevitability of the new “Beer Flu” (coronavirus) coming to the Fifty States is obvious. It will spread to many other places worldwide. As discussed in the last commentary, I’ve studined up on the 1918-1919 influenza epidemic, and the way it bounced around the world.  It was truly an incredible series of events. A century later may not be much different, despite medical and communications improvements.

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Thugs just gotta be thugs

In Florida, it is clear that government-run, tax-funded schools have nearly ultimate power over the children and teens confined (literally) to their care.

As reported here, back in December a high school student, after leaving off a friend at school, was driving to a dental appointment (with a previously approved “excused absence” [parole?] when a Sheriff’s deputy stopped him and refused to let him leave the school parking lot – backed up by a school employee. And then threatened (as recorded on video) to shoot the student if he attempted to leave anyway and hit the officer’s golf-cart.

To make matters worse, the student was later expelled (after missing his dental appointment) from the school. And the two “adults” in the confrontation aren’t even being investigated.

Just one more incident demonstrating that so-called public schools are more and more little more than day-time jail cells in which there is little but indoctrination, filling the heads of children and teens with little more than the current Tranzi propaganda lines. While subjecting them to daily or hourly bullying – not just from classmates but from teachers, staff, and whatever jackbooted thugs are assigned to “control” them.

If you have a child, a family friend, or even a neighbor subject to this kind of abuse, you know there is little or no recourse. Your best option is to get the children OUT of the schools: whether it is a contractual private school or home-schooling. Virtually anything is better than the regime of tyranny that is found in more and more schools.

Get your children out. And separate schools from the state.

And help others do the same.

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Red China's desperate condition

As the “Beer Flu” continues to kill more and more Chinese people, and tens of thousands grow sick, the situation of Mainland China grows more dire by the hour. Serious now, all China’s problems seem to be getting worse quickly. It is a lesson we here in the Fifty States need to take to heart. Beer flu is far from the only one.

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