Where I Stand Socialism exists here — ‘corporate socialism’
Daniel C. Hudson, from Ridgefield, recently contributed a thoughtful commentary on “The Socialist Bogeyman” Feb. 24. He is correct that Americans, for the most part, lack a clear understanding of Socialism. During the Obama years, when Glenn Beck was on FOX, he would castigate Chicago’s Favorite Son as a Socialist; then the following week, paint him as a Marxist, knowing full well that many Americans were not cognizant of the differences.
Socialism is economic collectivism, where land, capital, the means of production and the ability to transfer the fruits of production to market are owned in common. The wide extension of state activity could include public education, public transportation, public health care, publicly controlled utilities, etc. But true Socialists believe in assimilation in lieu of coercion to effect the Socialist State. However, doctrinaire Marxists do not hold to the peaceful assimilation of Socialism; rather, the violent overthrow of the established order. And Marxists depart other Socialists with the abolition of private property.
The Utopian Socialists of the 19th century, such as Saint-Simon, Robert Owen and Louis Blanc, held to the belief that the Producer and Worker could reach an accommodation to bring about an improvement for the Worker and society as a whole. Not so Karl Marx, who was a Scientific Socialist; hence, had a more realistic view.
History showcased the constant struggle between the Haves and Have Nots. There was only one way the Worker or Proletariat was going to improve his lot, and that was the violent overthrow of the established order, or topple the Bourgeoisie or Producer, who not only owned the means of production but also the land the factories sat on. Hence, both needed to be collectivized. Marxists or Communists have a more authoritarian approach to control as opposed to Socialists who depend more on Democratic processes. Of course, like anything else Man does, practitioners of both doctrines alter same to fit their own agendas.
For instance, in the 20th century, Mao Tse-tung and Ho Chi Minh opted for Communism, but not of the European variety which was based on the Proletariat or Factory Worker. Neither China nor Southeast Asia were industrial powers, but they had peasants. And so Asian Communists based their revolutions on the peasant, combined with Revolutionary Nationalism, a force more powerful than Communism, with a crux here being, “throw out the White Christian Colonial Powers.”
Mr. Hudson was also correct with his analysis of Adam Smith, that monopoly was a greater enemy than government. At the same time, you cannot have monopoly without government collusion. This offers a better understanding of the American Corporate State. Leading, of course, to Trump’s remark about not allowing Socialism to take root in this country. It already has, many years ago — Corporate Socialism.
The Military-Industrial-Security-Finance-Congressional Complex, is a case in point. Its power, monolithic. Its appetite for money, insatiable. Together with Big Energy, Big Finance, Health Insurers and Pill Pushers, you can begin to see the Corporate Fascist State as pronounced by Mussolini. The Corporation is the highest endeavor of the state; the worker is second. For the worker exists for the state.
In other words, God Bless America, America the Beautiful and Mom’s Apple Pie, has been superseded by that highly successful corporate agenda, Making Society Work for the Few.
Mark Albertson is a resident of Norwalk.