The Socialism Shiny Thing
I was pondering what it was about The Socialism Shiny Thing that, at it’s core, was wrong. I typically look at it in terms of things like Capital Allocation Efficiency or sometimes the loss of personal responsibility and liberty. But those did not quite cover it. There was still something basic I’d not quite put into words. A core value of it that was just wrong.
Recently, after some more pondering, the idea crystallized. Socialism was, at it’s core, based on one of the major basic sins.
Thou Shalt Not Covet
The driving force of Socialism is contrary to the 10th Commandment. It is based on being covetous of those who have more or better homes, incomes, money. The ‘redistributive urge’ at the core of Socialism is simply coveting dressed up in pretty clothes. Sometimes it gets enhanced with a bit of ‘coveting by proxy’ where one set of privileged people want to redistribute other privileged peoples stuff to “the poor” or for “the greater social good”. But it is still, at it’s core, covetousness. The one person covets what THEY could do with the other persons “stuff”.
THE 10th COMMANDMENT-(coveting)
Exodus 20:17 “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that [is] thy neighbour’s.”
Remember that some commands are vertical (our relationship with God) then there are horizontal commands (relationship with others) — This command is the greatest of the horizontal commands for sure!
It becomes a “catch all” at the end of this awesome law. Other philosophies deal with basic don’ts. But NONE of them list this one!
*** WE NEED VICTORY OVER COVETOUSNESS *** or we will stomp on others for our own end
And at this time it becomes quite clear why this Democrat dominated government has no interest in the will of the people or the basic rights of others. It Covets, and as a consequence they “will stomp on others” for their “own end”.
And with that, I now have the “moment of clarity” that lets all the pieces snap into place. The why they do it, the ‘how can they justify it’, the works. Coveting and coveting by proxy.
Though this does leave the dangling issue of why “Liberation Theology” can exist in the various churches and why so many nominally Christian countries are Socialist. (And why so many Jewish folks have Socialist leanings).
Perhaps they have not yet realized that it’s embracing a fundamental sin…