The two top Democratic presidential contenders are espousing socialism, especially Hillary who came right out and said, “We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.” I have wondered if socialism is gaining in popularity, especially among young people who see things in such black and white, and who champion their own ideas of fairness. I haven’t seen any polls, but at least the question is settled in my own household.
My seventeen year old daughter was trying to decide whether to audition for Fiddler on the Roof for a local theater company. It seemed like a no-brainer to me, but she was really hesitating. When I asked why, she said, “I don’t know if I can play Hodel. I mean, what kind of idiot falls in love with a Communist?” She gets it, but too many young people these days don’t. The Anchoress provides a much needed smackdown of Hillary’s “‘we’re all in it together’ society.”
There is an enormous difference between a few dozen people voluntarily giving up their worldly goods for communal living, and forcing people to participate in such a society against their will. The first brings freedom for those who choose it. The second, historically, has brought tyranny, poverty, slaughter and the gulag.
Hodel followed her fiance to the gulag. As I explained to my daughter, Communism hadn’t been tried yet, so people didn’t know it would fail for exactly the reason stated by The Anchoress. As the Anchoress describes, it’s a wonderful-sounding theory, and in very limited ways, it does work. Also, the alternative was the corrupt Romanov monarchy, and conditions were deplorable in most of the country; people were desperate for an alternative.
A surface comparison can be made of the United States today and turn of the century Russia. The originally popular Russo-Japanese war and the Iraq war lost the support of the people. Back then everyone hated the Romanovs, today a fair percentage of the country is so cynical and deluded that it thinks our own government could have orchestrated 9/11. But if Hillary and Obama think that the time is ripe for a political revolution and a hard turn left, they really need to think again. In a country where 97% of the people under the poverty line have color television, with an entirely volunteer military, I think they’ll have a hard time scaring up enough modern-day Bolsheviks to win the presidency. After all, how many of us love Hillary or Obama enough to follow them to the gulag?