Ronald Reagan once said, “A socialist is someone who has read Lenin and Marx. An anti-socialist is someone who understands Lenin and Marx.” In the aftermath of a minor Twitter war launched against me last week by hundreds of socialists who clearly fall under his definition of the word, I know exactly what he meant.
On Friday, I shared an article on Twitter about Nomiki Konst — candidate for New York City Public Advocate — and her proposal to require “big companies” and “the city itself” to pay workers a minimum wage of $30 an hour. In my comments, I referred to her proposal as “minimum wages laws on steroids,” and I identified it as part of “the socialist agenda of the left.”
Minimum wages laws on steroids. Not only outrageous, but she wants it in place by 2020. This is the socialist agenda of the left, folks.
— StridentConservative (@StridentConserv) January 25, 2019
In a response used to rally her little army of socialist soldiers, Konst informed me that “The only thing on steroids is the conservative message machine trying to crack down on workers rights.” This was followed by hundreds of likes, retweets, and replies.
Wages are historically low. CEO pays are historically high.
The only thing on steroids is the conservative message machine trying to crack down on workers rights.
— Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) January 25, 2019
The whole affair was rather amusing as her loyal followers lined up to inform me that I was clueless about socialism and that I obviously wanted workers to suffer and to be paid less. And in a response from the Milwaukee chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, I was told that the $30 an hour minimum wage was only the beginning of “what [they] actually want.”
For the uninitiated and the public school-educated Millennials and Gen Zs who participated in this Twitter war, socialism comes in many forms but the goal is always the same — government control of property and natural resources as the means to redistribute wealth, create a utopian social order, eliminate economic classes, and provide so-called economic equality for the collective. The two primary forms are state socialism and democratic socialism.
State socialism is a system where the government fully controls the economy and takes ownership of all industry and natural resources. We’ve seen hints of this brand of socialism from the Elizabeth Warren presidential campaign.
Democratic socialism is a system where the so-called free market is under the partial control of the government. Private businesses are required to do as the government dictates in matters of worker compensation, benefits, CEO pay, etc. We’ve seen what this looks like from Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and in the minimum wage proposal made by Konst.
According to information taken from their website, the Democratic Socialists of America identify their Marxist agenda as follows:
Democratic socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically — to meet public needs, not to make profits for a few. To achieve a more just society, many structures of our government and economy must be radically transformed through greater economic and social democracy so that ordinary Americans can participate in the many decisions that affect our lives.
Democracy and socialism go hand in hand. All over the world, wherever the idea of democracy has taken root, the vision of socialism has taken root as well — everywhere but in the United States. Because of this, many false ideas about socialism have developed in the US.
Karl Marx, often referred to as the father of socialism and communism, wrote in the Communist Manifesto of a day when workers would rise up to overthrow capitalism and seize the means of production. He called on “proletarians” (workers) to join together to accomplish this goal, which is where the political phrase “Workers of the world, unite!” originated. Marx looked at socialism as a lower form of communism, but believed that it would serve as the bridge to communism after capitalism is destroyed.
And here’s a fun fact: Some of the Marxist beliefs held by Democratic socialists are also held by Donald Trump. In an interview with Bloomberg Politics during his 2016 campaign, the Democrat with an “R” after his name spoke of the need to transform the Republican Party into a “workers party” in order to correct wage inequality and fix an economic system he considered unjust.
Just sayin’ …
Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.
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