The Excesses of Socialism Reap a Bitter Harvest

In his essay The Excesses of Socialism Reap a Bitter Harvest, Jay Davidson connects the dots to individual’s frustrations with the consequences of excessive government intervention in our lives. Davidson explains that the political tendencies toward Socialism and Communism inexorably grow central government control over the individual. Davidson notes that it is the individual’s fault for not getting involved earlier nor staying informed. However, the individual can fix it.
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People around the world are finally waking up to the consequences of excessive government intervention in private lives. They are upset with their respective governments and with themselves for believing a controlling entity can help them. Normally docile citizens are acting out, protesting, and getting violent. Government spending on green energy or anti-fossil fuel programs impede individual efforts to build and grow earnings and businesses. Cronyism, or government subsidies in select industries, further impedes natural market choice. Further, government’s excessive regulation depresses the private economy.

It is a foregone conclusion you will not hear about it in our biased media. Because the pain that motivates these protestors is due solely to their government’s control over individual lives and livelihood.

And it is the individual’s fault for not getting involved earlier nor staying informed.

However, if it is my fault, I can fix it.

Realize that political tendencies toward Socialism and Communism inexorably grow central government control over the individual. The basic tenant of these Leftist programs is that it is OK to take from one group and give to another; they call it Entitlements, we call it Welfare.

In other words, the Left is perfectly willing to tax or fine one individual, so that another can receive the benefit. Therefore, the Left does not respect any person’s rights to ownership of property (including personal possessions like money). The right to ownership is a core principle in our Constitutional Republic. The right to ownership supports another basic tenant which is the right of the individual. In fact, the issue of ownership was so pivotal that the Founding Fathers originally required that only landowners could vote, because the owner of land had a personal stake in protecting his freedom and thereby the nation.

Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson started the modern Progressive (Socialist) movement in the early 1900’s. Like Lenin and Marx, they started out innocuously. Their mantra was that the people are incompetent and incapable, so we (Elites) need experts telling them (the Individual) what to do. These “experts” morphed into bureaucrats and became the Administrative (Deep) State. They are the henchmen of the Administration, the President. Their mode of control is regulation and fines.

The solution is simple, but difficult: Stop doing what they did to get into this mess. Federal spending on Entitlement programs does far more harm than any good. In fact, there is a strong moral argument that giving subsistence to the unwilling-to-work harms the recipient far more than it helps.

In the case of government control via regulation through the Administrative State, demand that all government employees adhere to our Constitution, which limits the power and control of the Administrative State. The Supreme Court just recognized and restated the legal authority to limit bureaucracy in West Virginia vs. EPA.

Protests arise from the pain caused by devaluation of purchasing power. Inflation is devaluation of currency. To stop inflation, stop printing currency and stop spending that currency on questionable government programs. Entitlement programs demotivate citizens from engaging in productive work and these programs take money from productive citizens, which demotivates them. It is a negative feedback loop leading to destruction of individual work ethic. The individual has rights (The Natural Rights) that are recognized in the Declaration. We also have responsibilities along with those rights. Our responsibility is to preserve our tenuous freedom for future generations. It is all laid out in the Constitution, our roadmap for individual freedom and prosperity.

The underlying principle is that what the government spends, it first takes from the individual. It is a fact that you will spend your money more wisely than any government bureaucrat. You worked for it; the bureaucrat just took it.

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