The Republican faction of the US Capitalist Party has been trying to build a populist movement around an ignorant fear of “Socialism”. According to these folks, “Socialism” is fascism because of the Nazi’s “National Socialism”. And Socialism is totalitarian because the nationalist movements around Stalinism used the world “socialism” for the state capitalism used in their nation building agendas.
Here’s an example of such ignorance mongering. From Phyllis Schlafly:
The younger generation probably doesn’t realize that the word socialism means and connotes a system that is profoundly un-American. Socialism has virtually disappeared from our national lexicon since the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) collapsed because of Ronald Reagan’s policies and the National Socialist (Nazi) Party was destroyed by the United States in World War II.
The American Heritage Dictionary defines socialism as a system of social organization in which the means of producing and distributing goods are owned by a centralized government that plans and controls the economy. Both Webster and Random House identify socialism as a “Marxist theory.”
Socialism requires a totalitarian system — that gives the ruling gang the power to distribute the fruits of other people’s labor to its political pals…”
Anyone who has investigated our website knows Schlafly’s “weasel words” are easily dismissed.
But of course Schlafly would use such methods because she’s a terrorist. Yes, in fact, all Republicans are terrorists. Ever heard of the Irish Republican Army – the IRA? Using her logic, she’s a terrorist.
Also Republicans like Schlafly favor despotism, because during their Republican revolution, French Republicans murdered tens of thousands in a reign of terror.
See? once again Republicans use terror to win their agenda!
Have you noticed the official name of North Korea is the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea? They’re Republicans too! Which also explains why US Republicans have been so keen on exporting manufacturing to the Republican businesses in the People’s Republic of China!
See how bizzare such logic can get?
If you don’t like socialism, fair enough. But at least investigate what marxism actually stands for. If the various dictionaries define “socialism” as a marxist “theory” read what Marx and the circle of people directly around him wrote. A good place to start is Value, Price and Profit.
Our article on Russia, Lenin and State Capitalism shows that Lenin and his followers were not marxists nor socialists. Something we have consistently pointed out since the news of the bolshevik revolution reached here.
Hitler was obviously hostile to Marxism because it was “jewish”. And in fairness, the Nazi party was financed by major capitalists around the world, including Prescott Bush, the father and grand-father of a couple of recent US Republican presidents.
The various governmental “Socialist”, Social-Democratic and/or Labour parties don’t claim to be marxist. Nationalization isn’t socialism. It’s sometimes a cost-effective capitalist way of dealing with problems like lack of capital.
We socialists believe in education not posturing. What do you stand for?