"One of the strongest natural proofs of the folly of hereditary right in
kings, is, that nature disapproves it, otherwise she would not so frequently
turn it into ridicule by giving mankind an ass for a lion." - Thomas Paine,
I cannot think of a proper modern corellary for socialism, but there is a truism here in the making. Paine argued forcefully and eloquently against monarchy. We need a modern Paine to argue forcefully and eloquently against progressivism-statism-fascism-communism-socialism-ism-ism. The only difference is that Paine had to make allowances for the occasional good and righteous king that was actually a boon to his people. No collective form of government ever known to mankind can make such a claim.
Everyone can concieve of a church group or small, community of worshippers whom are persecuted and hide in the shadows, sharing their wealth, skills and fortunes in a relationship of love. This is a picture of the early Christian church. If we could guarantee that all people were dedicated, committed Christians that lived their faith and never disagreed upon interpretation of scripture, I think we could make this form of government work to some degree.
Meanwhile, back on earth, people are sinners. They are prideful, greedy, dishonest, cruel, inconsiderate, and many other wonderful things. Even if they weren't, there are points of disagreement even within a single Christian denomination that would drive men to compete and attempt to dominate and win the argument, even under the best of circumstances.
If this is the best that we could do within a single worldview, a single religious denomination, where one could assume the most consistent agreement upon right and wrong, and general decision-making, then what hope does any nation of millions have? What hope does our nation made up of millions of disparate and diverse backgrounds, faiths, philosophies, and worldviews? What possible hope have we for this imaginary utopia, promised by slick politicians? None.
In fact, what socialism is, and all of its variation-isms, is an attempt to create utopia - or heaven - here on earth. Is that not the dream of the socialist paradise? No one gets hurt, everyone has enough money and food. Everyone has a comfortable place to live. Everyone has respect for each other and they all get along great. Isn't that what the socialist promise is?
This is a direct attempt to create paradise on earth. Perfection, created by Man. It reminds me of a passage in Isaiah,
"But you said in your heart, I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my
throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the
recesses of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I
will make my self like the Most High." Isaiah 14:13-14
This is the overreach of Lucifer talking. Heaven cannot be constructed on earth by any men, and those that claim that they can must be guarded against, for they are ravenous lions. What socialists don't want to face is that everyone isn't respectable, kind, good, decent, honest, peaceful, loving, and respectful of others. In fact few are this way.
Socialism preys upon the pride of men, and that inner beast that says to himself, "I'm a good man". It preys upon this notion and lets every man believe that he is good, and therefore so are most others. It is only a bad few that spoil the pot for the rest of us. If we can just round those fellows up and put them somewhere, you know, where they can't hurt anyone any longer, then we can get back to this business of making the perfect nation.
We can create a nation in our own image. Devised by men, created by men, ruled by men, better that the rest of us. That is how it works.
The smarter, connected, or just luckier few, start seeing themselves as better than the others and we can make decisions for the "great unwashed", the "dumb rednecks", or whatever pejorative term you would prefer. They become the intelligencia and start designing this utopia for the rest of us. The problem they have is that it decsends into cronyism and mafia-style relationship peddling like every other form of tyrannical government ever to stain the soil of this earth.
Like I said in previous posts, as far as types of government or political spectrums, there is the United States of America, as created by the Founding Fathers on one side the fence, and every single other form of government ever devised by man is on the OTHER side of the fence. All of them.
Socialism promises ease and comfort for the least of us. It promises dignity, respect, material security. It promises to be our paschal lamb. What it delivers is a ravenous beast that cannot easily be caged once it is released. No socialism isn't monarchy and delivers not an ass for a lion, but rather a lion for a lamb.