by Henry Lamb
Americans were appalled when Castro nationalized private property in Cuba, and led the nation into socialism. Many but not all Americans were appalled when the governments of Zimbabwe and Namibia confiscated private property for redistribution. But a new generation of Americans has emerged who never learned what socialism is, or why their fathers and grandfathers fought so hard to prevent it in America.
For the benefit of those who didn’t learn it in school, Socialism is:
: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods;
: a system of society or group living in which there is no private property; b: a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state;
: a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism.
Socialism is overwhelming capitalism in America because socialist policies are called “smart growth” or “environmental protection.” The proponents of these policies either fail to recognize or don’t care that they are systematically transferring private property to government ownership and control, and are empowering government to effectively “administer” the means of production.
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