Be wary of attempts to normalize socialism


David Tofsted, Your view
Published 1:03 a.m. MT Oct. 21, 2020

David Tofsted (Photo: Photo courtesy of David Tofsted)

In recent weeks we have seen two attempts, one by Peter Goodman, the other by Doug Dugan, to whitewash the horrendous record of Marxist/socialist governments. Such governments, when fully implemented, universally bring despair, poverty, and destruction, to the people they purport to benefit. The USSR starved tens of millions of Ukrainians to death. Citizens of Argentina, Venezuela, Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, along with the nations of Eastern Europe lived under Marxist governments. These governments were a dfisaster for their citizens.  

Many, including Goodman and Dugan, would like to use the old sleights of hand that socialism is just “sharing” while capitalism is just “greed.”  In truth, socialism is government control of the economy and people’s lives. The term capitalism is actually “private enterprise!” Private enterprise is a business unit established, owned, and operated by private individuals for profit, instead of by or for any government or its agencies.

In order to bring about an established state of equality, Pol Pot murdered anyone with a college degree. Peter Goodman glosses over Mao’s Cultural Revolution that had equally devastating effects (50 million dead) in Red China. The form of socialism being pushed by today’s so-called Progressives is no more voluntary than any of these other Marxist socialist systems.

When my wife and I visited Argentina we observed old homes built in the 1920’s by Italian immigrants fleeing Mussolini’s fascist Italy. Argentina’s extreme taxation, to pay for their reckless socialist spending programs, had completely destroyed their middle class, leaving these formerly beautiful homes gutted except for their front façade.

In today’s New Mexico we can see the coming disaster of similar leftist masterminds. These people intend to gut our oil and gas industry, supposedly replacing this system with electric vehicles. They never tell the public that electric vehicles, to achieve significant range, will need to be very light and very dangerous to passengers, virtually outlawing trucks and SUVs.

David Tofsted is chair of the Doña Ana Republican Party.

      So far Marxism has tried unsuccessfully to entice America to abandon our market-based system.  According to Marxist theory no middle class should exist.  Capitalist greed should have driven everyone other than the bourgeoisie into poverty.  Yet, our middle class does exist, disproving Marxism’s “logic.”  The profit motive incentivizes successful businesses to retain skilled employees by offering increased wages, improving product quality, and increasing market share.  Conversely, Marxist countries, with no profit incentives, often produce sub-standard products like the “Yugo” and provide horrible “services.”

     Without profit motives or incentives to produce, Marxism requires a victim to exploit.  For the Nazi Socialists it was their neighboring countries and Jewish citizens.  For most Socialist states it is their own middle class.  For the Russian Soviets it was their Kulak farmers.  Following World War II it was the entirety of Eastern Europe including and especially East Germany.

     Leftists often cite police departments, roads, and bridges as socialist products.  Yet such services have nothing to do with controlling the means of production.  

      Congratulating Socialism for Social Security and Medicare is equally fallacious.  These systems were designed to serve recipients who vested into them. Use of this money does not equate to government control of the means of production.  Contrast these with Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-All that loots the Medicare trust fund to benefit individuals who never paid into the system. Talk about greed! Marxist economic solutions basically run on greed. MFA would also seize control of all doctors, nurses, and hospitals, eliminating private insurance and even denying citizens the right to pay cash for their own private medical services.

David Tofsted, Chair

Dona Ana Republican Party

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