Friday, October 12, 2012

Catullus on Socialism

Catullus is a contributor to this site.

Below are his words.

For those who are not familiar with American musicals, River City is the town in The Music Man in which a man arrives in town with the intention swindle the people. One of the numbers on the play has a song started by the newcomer in which he tells the townsfolk that the source of the (actually nonexistent) trouble is in the local billiards/pool hall.

"The memorable line is "We've got trouble, right,here in River City, with a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for pool"

"Socialist systems establish and promote undeserving, arrogant ruling classes, nomenklatura that presume to know and instruct us, with the force of a government they have usurped on the pretexts of security, “social justice”, ending or avenging racism, “the greater good”, “fairness” and one of my personal favorite cynical excuses for tyranny—“…for the children” (but, of course, not for their superior and privileged children):

· How the rest of us should spend our earnings and how much they generously allow us to keep,

· To whom they (not we) will gift with what they decide is our excess property (Can you spell redistribution?),

· What we may and may not own,

· Whom employers (creators of jobs and wealth) may and may not hire and promote in compliance with government (destroyer of jobs and confiscator of wealth) edicts,

· What we may speak “freely” about,

· When we can live and when we should die for the economic and political benefit of the state they run, etc., ad naus.

All this they generously establish, for our own benefit, of course. Oddly, these wise rulers exempt themselves, their friends, and their families from these “benefits” they bestow on the unwashed masses, us hoi polloi. They strip away freedoms & property in return for empty promises. (This reminds one of Mao and his sixty million+ innocent, non-combatant victims, Pol Pot, Lenin, Stalin, the early 20th century Ottoman Turks, Hitler, and other despots throughout history!)

Winston Churchill famously said:

“Socialism is the philosophy of failure,
the creed of ignorance,
and the gospel of envy.”

Let us celebrate our good fortune; we have just such a benefactor “right here in River City” who has already begun to save us from our greedy and base desires! He and his fellow elites will lead us out of the darkness of our greed, selfishness, and ignorance into the bright light of obedience to these sages, who will assume their thrones and rescue us from our baser natures, for a small fee. All we need do is forego God’s greatest gift to all of us—the sovereign, independent, individual human spirit. Doesn’t that seem like a bargain?"

Catullus also notes that the linked video should be viewed:

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