Not to sound like a Marxist, but...
November 8, 2009

The ‘socialist’ tag is being thrown around in America a lot these days, usually comparing our recently empowered liberal politicians to the failed Soviet or Nazi states that have similarly thrived on the power of big government in the past. But, is socialism truly evil, inherently?

To be sure, totalitarianism of any sort is to be rejected on first spec. Dictatorships with excess power over the individual have the potential to obstruct us from doing God’s work first, and have a history of being at odds with His desire for our happiness.

Socialism itself may not really be the antagonist here, though. Human beings are, by our nature, social animals. As Donne said, “No man is an Island.” And even the most individualistic of us will seek out contact with others for validation in his or her lifetime.

Indeed, a society cannot exist without some degree of socialism, the social contract that keeps anarchy at bay and promotes life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It therefore makes sense that the power hungry would eventually use socialism as the implement for their ascensions.

As a universally desired part of existence, that social structure is always present for exploitation in human cultures. Or, as Michael Clark Duncan’s character in The Green Mile put it, “He kill ‘em with they love… That’s how it is ever’ day. That’s how it is all over the worl’…”

So, we can’t rightly expunge socialism from human nature in an attempt to guard against those that would enslave us. We can, however, rekindle our appreciation for socialism! How about that?

By choosing more carefully who we do and don’t commune with, we can exist in social contracts that pass our individual cost/benefit analyses instead of those that we are coerced into by the default or our countries-of-origin.

At present there is no legal way to opt-out of our birthright obligations to the state, but as super-national organizations proliferate, and perhaps one day new frontiers are opened up to colonization, opportunities may arise to re-think our current model of geography-based socialism.