Freedom vs. Ideology
real difference that separates conservatives from liberals is that
liberals believe in a system of regulating what citizens do and how they
act (for the “good of society,” of course). In short, liberals believe
they know how to run your life better than you do. Conservatives, on
the other hand, simply believe that freedom, tempered by virtue, is the
best, albeit imperfect, way for a society to operate. Conservatives
don’t believe in systems, they believe in freedom. They don’t believe
in an ideology, they believe in freedom.
For example, statists,
i.e. liberals, believe in systems like Socialism. My Merriam-Webster
Dictionary definition of Socialism is, “any of various social systems
based on shared or government ownership and administration of the means
of production and distribution of goods.” The Soviets and the Nazis are
the two most well-known forms of believers in the socialist system in
the past century. In fact, the word “Nazi” literally means “National
Socialist” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). Stalin and Hitler were just
two peas from the same pod. And both are the extreme antithesis of
today’s modern conservative who believes first and foremost in limited
government. Of course, dictators like Stalin and Hitler were more than
willing to fight each other for power—the ultimate goal of all statists.
is an elitist philosophy that puts the intelligent man on a very high
pedestal, far above the throng, perhaps equal to God. Ignored is the
fact that every form of Socialism that has ever been tried is a
miserable, abject failure. Life is simply too complex for a few
individuals to make all the correct economic decisions the marketplace
demands in order for people to prosper.
Shortly after the fall
of the Berlin Wall, successful entrepreneurs in the West were given the
opportunity to buy or invest in businesses in the former East Germany.
They were appalled by what they found in the “economic powerhouse” of
the Eastern Soviet Bloc. Nothing had changed since 1939. Not by the
Nazis. Not by the Communists. The sewage system had not been
maintained. The water system was a wreck. The roads were in shambles.
The electrical system was antiquated. The telephone system barely
worked. All equipment was circa 1939. That’s socialism.
will say that it was poorly run socialism, but they are just running
away from reality. Socialism is socialism. Top down, government owned
and controlled economies mean a permanent depression. There are no
examples of successful socialist economies. For instance, when the USA
was booming economically in the 1980s, most of Europe was still
economically stagnant because its socialist systems held them back.
bottom line is that freedom works. Freedom works best in the economic
marketplace. Millions of citizens making their own decisions provide
the best possible economic opportunity for all individuals. Government
intervention only distorts the marketplace, substituting erroneous
government decisions by bureaucrats for free and independent decisions
by millions of free citizens.
In a socialist state, innovation comes to a screeching halt, just as it did in Nazi and Communist Germany. Government
can only regulate scarcity, it cannot create or innovate. Free,
independent, hard working citizens living in a society with an absolute
minimum of regulation, guarantees the highest standard of living for
all. The promises of a socialist utopia are a lie.
problems with the U.S. economy can all be traced back to government
intervention and regulations that forced otherwise free companies and
banks to make bad marketplace decisions. Those bad decisions have now
been compounded by an unwillingness to let businesses, including banks
and automobile companies, fail.
Freedom cannot exist in a
society that uses government to bail out failure. Freedom means the
opportunity to succeed or fail. Without a free market, there is no
freedom anywhere in society. When government limits the freedom of the
market, it limits the power of the ordinary citizen. It concentrates
power in the hands of a few and power is the ever enduring goal of all
political leaders. Control over your life and mine.
deny politicians power over your life. Capitalism simply means a free
market. It means freedom and freedom is not a
system or an
ideology. Unfortunately, our current political leadership is driven not
by reality, but by ideology. It was said that after Ronald Reagan,
only the Soviets and U.S. college professors believed in socialism.
Apparently the nuts are now in charge of the insane asylum.
reality is key to believing in socialism and big government.
Protectionism, government controls, government ownership, and the
devaluation of the dollar led the U.S. into a terrible depression in the
1930s. It will lead to the same thing in our lives if not soon
You and I must do everything
in our power to end the current misadventure into the morass of
socialism so that our children and our grandchildren can enjoy the
freedom that was passed along to us by our forefathers.