Liberalism Masquerading as American Judeo-Christian Values
Many argue that America is marching toward socialism. This march started during the Progressive Era of the early 1900s as a softer, incremental, and stealthier ideology than the European Marxism that culminated in revolution and the establishment of the Soviet Union in 1917. This communist ideology spread to Asia, Africa, and South America. It threatened us during the 1940s-1950s (during the McCarthy era), but never gained a strong following in this country. In socialism, the means of production are owned or controlled by the state, while in capitalism individuals manage and own the economic resources (with corporatism blurring the lines, but ultimately in favor of the state as well.) One can view progressives, liberals, and socialists as different points on the continuum from capitalism to communism, rather than as distinct ideologies. Many liberals want to improve society, however many of their programs conflict with the political system established by our Founders. Can we better understand the movement and halt their dangerous plans?
With the pressure being applied by the White House upon the Democrats in the House of Representatives to approve the Senate health care reform bill, this danger becomes more evident. Many Americans oppose the secrecy and deal-making and worry about the details of the reform bills. These politicians grab power despite the limitations imposed by our Constitution, increasing control over our lives. Liberals claim to correct societies' ills and this underlies their ability to minimize our liberties. They commonly justify their plans as a remedy for “injustice and unfairness.”
American philosophical ethos and religiosity is unique, often described as the Judeo-Christian ethic. Religion is a unified system of beliefs in order to explain the human purpose within the universe. The form depends upon the deity worshipped and the rituals followed. Our Founders were principally Protestant Christians steeped in Old Testament (Jewish) theology. American ethics (which is an expression of moral values) owes its origins to Greek philosophers such as Socrates and Aristotle as modified by Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation, and Enlightenment era philosophers, and recently influenced by Eastern philosophies with their more naturalistic spirituality. With the European Enlightenment, challenges to Western religion and socio-political order came from the questioning of theology initiated by Descartes, Voltaire, Kant, and Hegel, culminating in the atheism expressed by Karl Marx and Friedrich Nietzsche. In Europe, this trend has spread more quickly and many are irreligious. The overwhelming majority of Americans acknowledge a deity, though this fervor has declined.
In America centralized power has arisen incrementally. The progressive uses evolutionary rather than revolutionary change, while the radical Marxist uses a more revolutionary approach. Accumulation of private wealth in the form of property, precious metals, money, and consumables predates recorded history. However, socialists strive to criminalize these efforts through this modern “Robin Hood” approach.