On Socialism and Equality

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house, you shall not covet your neighbors wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbors.” – Ex. 20:17

So Obama’s a commie, or a Marxist, or a socialist. Or so all those libertarians (the ones who like liberty, get it?) would have you beleive.

What does that even mean? Socialist? What’s the deal with free market anyway?

This is not a rant against Obama. You want a blog about that, I’m sure you can find one. This is about, more generally, the prevailing attitude of “tolerance” that has affected even Christians today.

This is the Zietgiest of today’s world. Tolerance. Equality. This day has been coming ever since the American Revolution, which was quickly followed by the French Revolution. Enter Marx, Lenin, and Lennon.

It’s the basic idea that every man should be equal that leads directly to socialism. In the ideal socialist society, if you make $20 and the guy down the street makes $10, the government taxes you $5 and gives it to him.

The way it usually works is that they tax you $10 and do nothing to him. Or tax him $5 and tax you $15. Sounding familiar?

As nice as this sounds to the poor man on paper, the end result is everyone getting poorer. Or they look like they’re getting richer while they slowly become mired in heaps of debt, both private and national.

This is the theory behind Social Security: the living pay for the old to retire and live in peace.

The main problem with this utopia is that it’s contradictory to the 10th Commandment: not to be envious. Do not covet. Do not want what other people have.

Taking from the rich and giving to the poor sounds noble, but the rich are rich very often because of their own blood, sweat and tears. In the name of equality, jealously of the rich and subequent theft from them is deemed not only acceptable but required.

P. J. O’Rourke, a popular political humorist/foreign analyst, has this to say in his book Eat the Rich:

“The Tenth Commandment sends a message to socialists, to egalitarians, to people obsessed with fairness, to American presidental candidates in the year 2000 – to everyone who believes that wealth should be redistributed. And the message is clear and concise: Go to hell.”

Socialism is jealousy and theivery at its apex. The statement: “People have rights to stuff,” in practice means “People have a right to my stuff.”

The reverse concept is shown in the free market model: essentially, whatever you make, is yours to sell, at whatever cost you choose to sell it. You have a right to the work of your hands. It’s economic liberty. It creates wealth. In a trade, both parties get “richer” because both parties have traded something they value less for something they value more.

As you move farther away from the free market model, you start encroaching on socialism and capitalism, and the like. The government starts to control prices, and control what you can sell and what you can buy (again, sound familiar?). Interestingly enough, once you get right down on the other end of the spectrum, a black market will spring up, and it’s going to be free.

Life is not fair. Life has never been fair. You, I, all men, don’t deserve for life to be fair. Just because we are all children of God does not mean we can live like hell and then get the benefits of those who actually trusted in Him.

Robin Hood was a socialist. Don’t be a socialist. Don’t be jealous of what other people have. Don’t steal it. If you want it, go out and WORK for it.

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4 comments

  1. David Henry

    I thought Robin Hood was a tax evader 😉

    BTW, I may not be as egalitarian as a socialist, but the way I see it, free markets are more egalitarian than socialism. Everyone has the same rights is more fundamental than everyone has the same money.

    • MadDawg Scientist

      It’s all just a twist on what we mean by “equal.” Equal opportunity? Equal rights? Equal possessions?
      In Christ there is neither slave nor free. This does NOT mean that all will become slaves, but rather that all will become free under the authority of Christ (true freedom is impossible: in the words of Willie Nelson, “You’re gonna have to serve somebody.”)

  2. Abby

    The Reformed theologian RJ Rushdoony (with whom I’m sure you’re familiar, having gone to BWSC :] )did an entire commentary on the Commandments. His points on the Tenth were exactly what you just said; socialism is a direct result of envy and covetousness. There is nothing equal or just in it, merely sinful.
    But, Rush being Rush, he also took this concepts and expounded on them in mind-blowing ways. I’d recommend you check out his commentary. You’d really like it. 🙂

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