Public discourse in America has become confused and muddied, and political discussions now consist of emotionalistic dogma and Orwellian newspeak, in which people known as ”conservatives” are actually socialists in their policies, and people known as “liberals” are actually fascists.
But once again, we have the astute Laurence Vance exposing the hypocrisy, inconsistency and outright socialist policies of today’s conservatives and Republicans, in his essay on Ben Carson: Welfare/Warfare Statist. Dr. Vance doesn’t use the word “socialist,” but he might as well. The Republicans and the Democrats are really all one statist Party, with policies consisting of a combination of socialism and fascism, in my view. But the Republicans are really all the same. Except for Ron Paul, of course, who was the only Republican in recent decades to actually advocate freedom, private property, and actual free-market capitalism.
Even Donald Trump is not a capitalist, in the true sense of the word. And he has a lot of nerve calling Bernie Sanders and others of Bernie’s ilk “socialists,” when he himself, The Donald, is not only a socialist, but a real socialist’s socialist! And Sanders, who calls himself a socialist, is really a fascist in his support for draconian police-state regulations of privately-owned companies. (But if Sanders wants full government ownership of all property and the means of production, which might really be his ultimate goal, then he is a communist. And if that really is the case, then here is my advice: Don’t hold your breath, Bernie. But I digress.)
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In many ways, both Trump and Sanders are both socialists and fascists. In the end, there is not very much difference between socialism and fascism, in my view. And sadly, there are readers, particularly those who like Sanders or who like Trump, who just don’t want to hear a clarified, reasoned and accurate description of these politicians. But I will give it, whether you like it or not.
The immigration issue seems to be Donald Trump’s main attraction for the emotion-driven nationalists. He thoroughly supports the federal government’s control over immigration. People don’t seem to realize that the entire scheme of federal governmental control over immigration is a socialist scheme, one of central planning. As Jacob Hornberger points out, the problems we have now related to immigration are because of such a central planning system. Hornberger also points out that such a scheme is far from one which respects free markets.
But there are a lot of people who just don’t think about the actual bureaucratic apparatus controlling the immigration matters of foreigners, and they assume that because this is the system they have always known all their lives, that that’s the way it’s always been. When no, it hasn’t always been that way — there used to be immigration freedom in America. What screwed everything up was the federal government’s seizing of control over just about everything: immigration, medical care, retirement planning, charity, and education, since especially the Woodrow Wilson and FDR Progressives came to power. America became a welfare state long ago, and that also is what is involved in the dysfunction of immigration.
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Besides the havoc that central planning causes, the immigration problem is another example of how immoral socialism is. Trump wants to build a very big wall all around the border, and that’s not a private business building a wall around its own private property. The Donald Trump Southern Border Wall would be a government wall, which is as thoroughly socialist as you can get. It certainly isn’t capitalist. Are you kidding me?
I’m sure the ditto-heads out there won’t like hearing this, even though it is the truth and it is accurate, economically speaking. But the capitalist approach to immigration would be the same approach as the capitalist approach to charity, retirement, and medical care: freedom. And I’m talking about free-market capitalism, or laissez-faire capitalism, not State-capitalism or cronyism.
Free-market, laissez-faire capitalism is a system that has never actually been realized in the United States of America. It would be a society of freedom, in which the individual has the freedom to make use of his own body, labor, property, wealth and capital as he sees fit. And that applies to all individuals, not just “American citizens,” because all human beings are born with natural rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Sadly, I tend to lose a lot of conservative sheeple readers who don’t want to believe that such natural rights apply to foreigners.
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So, in contrast to the socialist government wall that Donald Trump supports, with snipers ready to shoot “uninvited invaders,” and in contrast to the immigration socialist governmental apparatus of central planners in Washington and their enforcers, the real capitalist approach to immigration would be to respect all individuals’ right to freedom of movement and freedom of travel and their right to migrate and sell their labor to whomever is a willing buyer, as long as they don’t trespass on private property or aggress against others.
Note how I used the phrase “private property,” which is something Donald Trump does not believe in, especially in his support for, and making use of, eminent domain! Eminent domain is really the government stealing private property from its rightful owners, whether it’s for “public use” or to redistribute it to other private interests, such as Donald Trump.
To be a real capitalist, you really have to support the idea of private property, and private property rights! A civilized society requires the respect for the individual’s right of ownership of his own body and labor and one’s honestly-acquired property. When we say it is wrong or immoral to steal, we must say that all instances of theft are immoral. There should be no exceptions to that. It is just as immoral for the government to steal the fruits of one’s labor as it is to steal one’s property, whether it’s material property or real estate. It is just as immoral to interfere in contracts between or among individuals, including labor contracts.
Now, if the anti-immigration crowd doesn’t like that some immigrants are coming into America to get government welfare redistributed from the slave-theft-taxes stolen from Americans, then get rid of that immoral slave-theft-tax system and the whole evil system that such a slave-theft-tax makes possible, the immoral, unconstitutional welfare state!
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And by the way, another aspect of the socialist, central planning in immigration is the police state. The government wall, the “papers, please,” the government border patrol (at the expense of the right of the people to keep and bear arms, as well), the travel restrictions, TSA, that’s all a part of the police state, which is a scheme of socialism. What, did you think the police state is what capitalists dream up? Sorry, capitalists exercise what are known as “2nd Amendment”-protected rights, capitalists hire private property security firms, and capitalist businesspeople have private walls and fences protecting their private property. Socialists think and act with a totally different mindset.
And socialists are also fascists, with their regulatory police state. All those government regulations of privately-owned industries, private property, and any government mandate, order, demand for information of anyone’s private personal or economic life — that’s all from fascism, because while the intrusions are criminally invasive, the bureaucrats still “allow” for the private ownership (at least on paper) of property and businesses. You are just a slave, that’s all. After all, who is the bureaucrat to demand that the individual disclose any aspect of personal, private information, whether it’s from one’s home or from one’s business? That is a presumption-of-guilt policy, in which you are presumed guilty (of whatever) and must give the bureaucrat your personal information, income, business matters, personal life matters, or else. That’s all a part of fascism. And that is why I say that Bernie Sanders is a fascist, because he supports all these governmental regulations of everything in society: do this, do that, don’t do this, don’t do that, give us this much money whether you like it or not. Why? Because we said so!
In contrast, in socialism, the government owns the industries and the means of production. I know, we hear “public ownership of the means of production”; but in reality, it’s government ownership. This “public” stuff is just a facade, to cover up the reality that non-productive bureaucrat-parasites just want to steal people’s wealth and property.
These are good reasons why we can accurately say that Donald Trump is a socialist. Another example, by the way, is his call for raising taxes on “the rich,” even though it is still theft. If he is not a socialist, he will call for the end of government theft of private wealth and capital, close down the IRS, close down the entire welfare-redistribution apparatus in Washington, and close down all the agencies in Washington that benefit from the theft of the enslaved people’s wealth and income. And a true capitalist businessman would hire the best individual for whatever job is available, no matter where the individual is from, because that is what would best serve the consumers. A true capitalist would not put up a socialist government wall or arrest, detain or deport a prospective employee.
This commentary originally appeared at Scott’s blog.
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