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Socialism, AKA Democrat Left
Golden Carp Awards ^ | May 6, 2006 | Stan Janiak

Posted on 05/06/2006 8:18:35 AM PDT by PolishProud

Lee Harris has written a must read thesis, Why Isn't Socialism Dead. The full article can read at TSC Daily .

The following is an excerpt of this thesis where I have inserted DI for Democrat Ideology each time the term "socialism" is used. It is amazing how it accurately describes the Democrat Party.

"The shrewd and realistic Florentine statesman and thinker, Guicciardini once advised: 'Never fight against religion...This concept has too much empire over the minds of men.' And to the extent that socialism {DI} is a religion, then those who wish to fight it with mere reason and argument may well be in for a losing battle.

Furthermore, as {DI} populism spreads, it is inevitable that the myth of {DI} socialism will gain in strength among the people who have the least cause to be happy with their place in the capitalist world-order, and who will naturally be overjoyed to put their faith in those who promise them a quick fix to their poverty and an end to their suffering. Thus, in the coming century, those who are advocates of capitalism may well find themselves confronted with "a myth gap."

Those who, like Chavez, Morales, and Castro, are preaching the old time religion of socialism may well be able to tap into something deeper and more primordial than mere reason and argument, while those who advocate the more rational path of capitalism may find that they have few listeners among those they most need to reach -- namely, the People...

...This is why{DI} socialism isn't dead, and why in our own century it may well spring back into life with a force and vigor shocking to those who have, with good reason, declared {DI} socialism to be no longer viable. It is also why Georges Sorel is perhaps even more relevant today than he was a hundred years ago. He knew that it was hopeless to guide men by reason and argument alone.

Men need myths -- and until capitalism can come up with a transformative myth of its own, it may well be that many men will prefer to find their myths in the same place they found them in the first part of the twentieth century -- the myth of revolutionary {DI} socialism.

This is the challenge that capitalism faces in the world today -- whether it will rise to the challenge is perhaps the most urgent question of our time, and those who refuse to confront this challenge are doing no service to reason or to human dignity and freedom.

Bad myths can only be driven out by better myths, and unless capitalism can provide a better myth than {DI} socialism, the latter will again prevail.

Lee Harris is author of Civilization and Its Enemies .


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1 posted on 05/06/2006 8:18:38 AM PDT by PolishProud
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bookmark for later


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