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Say No To Socialism

From Stalin to Sequestration

March 6th, 2013 - 12:48 am

The 1991 collapse of the Soviet Empire signaled a stern warning that in the long run stealing does not pay, even when committed by the government of a huge country. All socialists who have ever risen to lead a country have ended up in hell — all, from Lenin to Stalin, Tito to Zhivkov, Enver Hoxha to Mátyás Rakosi, Sékou Touré to Nyeree. All had their days of temporary glory, but all ended in eternal disgrace. A few remnants, like Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, are still hanging on, but they certainly have a place in hell reserved for them. (Update: Chavez has died since the writing of this post.) In this year that Marx’s Manifesto turns 164 years old and should have long been discredited, there are still some foolish countries like Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Cyprus, Italy, and Spain that are being devastated by a misplaced trust in its advocacy of “to each according to his need” and its consequential redistribution of the country’s wealth.

There are myriad reasons why socialism can never succeed. One is the irrational socialist attitude toward money. Marx’s socialists always depicted money as an odious instrument of capitalist exploitation, and they always preached the gospel that in the utopian socialist society there would be no money, no prices, no wages. Until that day, however, they admitted that money was unfortunately a necessary evil that had to be retained during the transition period from capitalism to socialism — because the socialist leaders were unable to offer anything to replace it. Nevertheless, in the socialist Soviet empire, money lost its economic regulatory function as well as its status as a measure of wealth, becoming merely an instrument for expressing domestic wages and prices. Irrational, unpredictable and chaotic, the socialist attitude toward money brought nothing but economic anarchy. I saw that with my own eyes during the 20 years I was involved with Romania’s financial system, as I went from being deputy chief of the country’s trade mission in West Germany to economic advisor to the Romanian president.

Thirty-four years ago, when I broke away from my life in the top circles of the Soviet empire, I paid with two death sentences from my native Romania for helping her people to stop thinking of government as a boon bestowed from on high, and to free themselves from the clutches of socialism. Alas, now I see the socialist plague of “to each according to his need” beginning to infect my adoptive country, the United States. On Feb. 7, 2009, the cover of Newsweek magazine proclaimed: “We Are All Socialists Now.”[ii] That was just what the official Romanian newspaper Scînteia proclaimed when my former boss, Nicolae Ceausescu, began changing Romania into a monument to himself. Two years after seizing power, the socialist nomenklatura of the U.S. Democratic Party produced the same results as Romania’s socialist nomenklatura did — on a U.S. scale. Over fourteen million Americans lost their jobs, and 41.8 million people went on government food stamps. The GDP dipped from 3.4% to 1.6%. The national debt rose to an unprecedented $13 trillion, and it is projected to reach $18 trillion by 2019.

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Its not a matter of socialism verses capitalism. Its individual freedom verses statism. Nazi Germany, the USSR and Red China are all examples of statism. Where a group uses that fascist power of government to control society and treat the people as a farmer treats his sheep. Our progressive fascists, AKA Democrats, want to use the power of government to solve all problems. They promise to be good, but whats to prevent the next Hitler or Stalin from using the unrestrained power of government to murder millions. Nothing.

Unrestrained power is like the one ring. The progressives would use it to good, but the result would be great evil. We have already seen that evil in the hundreds of millions murdered by other statists. Lets dedicate ourselves to preventing the "fundamental change" the progressive fascists want to inflict on our country.

We can already see that tyrant emerging in Obama. He as undoubtedly violated the constitution repeatedly. 4 recess appointments when the Senate was not in recess is 4 violations of the constitution. Modifying US immigration law to create his "Dream Act" is another. Then there is giving himself the power to grant states waivers to the work requirements of US welfare law which is another violation of the Constitution. These illegal acts make Obama a tyrant and make me wonder what other evil can we expect from him. Maybe we will see him persecuting his enemies like Hitler.
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Thank you, Mr. Pacepa, for trying to waken Americans to our peril.

Unfortunately, we've been so prosperous and protected (geographically) for so long that most Americans really do feel like "it can't happen here." Besides, if we don't wriggle too much, we won't feel our chains. . . .

I'm afraid it's going to get a whole lot worse before the Useful Idiots will wise up.
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STATE-controlled capitalism. China's a paper tiger.
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Thanks for laying it out so plainly General... can't wait to read your new book and see the documentary! Loved your book PROGRAMMED TO KILL!

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The USA is the fourth largest country in the world after Russia, Canada and China. If we think about the historical Socialist destructive forces that have created misery and chaos in Russia and China, as well as their burgeoning aims of weakening us, I can’t think of another form of philosophy that will weaken and damage this country more, and more easily, it seems. I don’t fear a foreign military takeover or a religious takeover, but I am damn petrified of this wretched philosophy taking over.

Do we really want to follow down the economic examples of Russia and China? We have witnessed that Socialism actually institutionalizes envy and self-sacrifice. We all remember the famous Hermann Goering quote, “Common good comes before private good.” Well, we have seen that axiom played out the world over, and it doesn’t end good. In fact, some of those former fascist states looked to the American bicameral system and capitalism to rebuild their ruined governments.

America is the first nation to be founded on the idea that sovereignty rests with its citizens and not with their government. Furthermore, the United States functions (or should) on the premise that the State is the tool and servant of the individual. For over 200 years, this premise has been tested, redefined and enriched by the countless immigrants, who left their mother countries to find greater social, political and economic opportunities here under a capitalist system.

The worst era of Congressional infighting was after our Civil War, and we find ourselves here again. The ideological battle will continue to intensify, I’m afraid. We can’t live on borrowed money forever. The founders principles and ideals will continue to be pressured and tested, and it is our voices that must continue to be heard against the rising tide of turning America into a recycled Russia or China.
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What do Stalin and the sequestration have in common? Absolutely nothing!
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Interestingly, leftists/reds understand that totalitarian rule runs through the economy, gun control and the evisceration of Judeo-Christian moorings. Therefore, each is being gunned for. As such, the Radical-in-Chief knows how to achieve the deconstruction of America, hence, its transformation - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/18/obamas-march-towards-gun-control-runs-through-obamacare-via-its-definition-of-mentally-ill-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

Sequestration, the Pyromaniac-in-Chief's baby, was designed to unleash more economic pain than most even realize. Yes, he devised it!
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When Margaret Thatcher was first elected prime minister (1979), I happened to be studying in England. That was when I was introduced to the work of Karl Popper and Friedrich Hayek. I had already taken an unfashionably negative view towards Marx, Engels, Lenin, Castro et al. But the work of Popper and Hayek, together with the earlier work of Adams, Hume and other members of the Scottish Enlightenment, taught me one thing about socialism: it is deeply misanthropic in its inception and in its execution. Great article.
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Good observation... socialism is said to be a plan of shared misery for the masses. Btw, Popper was Soros's former mentor.
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Maxine is a whacko, pure & simple. And " Uncle Joe," as FDR called him? He is quite justly paying of his crimes against humanity in hell. See, our Father is just...
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The USSR may have collapsed, but did Russia really stop practicing Communism/Socialism/Marxism? Last I checked, they still have Karl Marx's statue up on display at Moscow, instead of it meeting the same fate as Lenin and Stalin's statue. I know if I were Russia's population and I wanted to stop practicing Communism, I would have torn down Karl Marx's statue in tandem with Lenin's statue in the 1990s. I wonder if you can explain that, Mr. Pacepa?
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Pacepa could lend plenty of insight on that, as did Anatoliy Golitsyn in his ignored CIA memos. Communism itself really didn't collapse, it just expanded, but not before morphing into a friendlier, more digestible form... called social democracy. Golitsyn, and others, warned us about it over 30 years ago.
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