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Communism and the United States Welfare System

    Communism is a political fallacy so great that it is nearly impossible to fully catalog its errors. Although still prevalent in some parts of the world, it has been factually proven to be an untenable system in several ways. Unfortunately, there are those who would apologize for its failures and lay blame for its collapse on the people who were the players in it.
    For example, in Soviet Russia, blame for the collapse of the communist system has fallen on the Politburo, on the Chairman of the Party, on the failure of the workers to properly unite, and on anything else apologists can find to justify it. The great problem with this is that the danger exists that in the future humanity will forget the lessons of the past and subject others to this brutal, inhumane system of government.
    In the United States, the government, which began as a free democracy, has been moving in a steadily more socialist direction since the early 1950s, and shows no sign of slowing down. The current administration wishes to put every part of the citizens' daily lives into the government's control, part and parcel.
    Have we learned nothing?
    Soviet Russia did not fall because "the Politburo" failed the people, or vice versa; it fell because, at its root, communism is a basically immoral system, founded on thinly concealed slavery. In the name of the doctrine "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need," all goods, services, and actions were controlled by "the State," which arbitrarily decided who needed what and generally went around making a nuisance of itself.
    What this meant in practical terms was that whoever could and did work supported the great unwashed masses of those who chose not to work. This is what slavery means - theft of another's labor and its fruits by one who has not earned them. The end result is, and must be, resentment on the part of the ones doing the providing; and eventually, a kind of passive revolt. Those who can and do work gradually realize that they are not allowed to receive any reward for their efforts, and that the people who do receive those rewards have done nothing to merit them.
    This leads the worker to the inevitable deduction that the only way to get any rewards in life is to stop working, and live on "the State's" handouts. Again, this is not a crisis on the surface, but as it did in Russia, it leads to one. When the number of people being supported by handouts sufficiently outweighs the numbers of those who are giving the state the wherewithal to make handouts, the system will inevitably collapse from a shortage of goods and services.
    Now, more than 10 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain and the collapse of communism, any traveler from a Western nation going to Russia will be appalled at the conditions to be found there. There are villages in which the inhabitants have never been more than five miles outside the village in 40 years; there are no goods to be had anywhere, and any services which are now running are still 30 years behind the state of the art in the West.
    This is because by the time the economy has decayed sufficiently from beneath to collapse, all the infrastructure which is necessary to sustain it has collapsed. There is no bus service because there are no buses; the workers who know how to manufacture buses all quit years ago. Restaurants have week-old food because there are so few farmers left that sell fresh food; it is easier to let the state pay your way than to work every time.
    In the United States a similar system is rapidly developing, although it is more completely camouflaged. The system of welfare in the U. S. occupies the same role as communism in Russia, that of "The benevolent hand of the State."
The system was designed as a so-called "safety net" to prevent people from giving up when confronted with sudden economic reverses. Unfortunately, it was so poorly designed that there are now whole generations of citizens who have been on welfare their entire lives, and show no interest in getting off the public teat.
    While the welfare riders are generally looked on as second-class citizens by the working class, they are also the fastest growing class, in no small part because their payouts grow each time they have a child, with the result that welfare riders have begun to breed like flies. Time is running out in the U. S.
The growth of the welfare class is geometric, and it contains within it the seeds of a massive economic collapse. Once again, when the preponderance of freeloaders outgrows the production of the country, the U. S. too shall feel the bite of starvation and poverty.
    It is in fact possible to reduce the wealthiest country on the planet to one of the poorest within a few generations, and the U. S. is well down that road. Unless an effort is made to reform, and preferably eliminate, the welfare system entirely, the U. S. will collapse under the weight of its own largesse. As Cinncinnatus said in the days of the Roman Empire: "Rome shall stand until its citizens discover they can vote themselves bread and circuses."

                                            -12 June, 2000
                                     -Priest of Chaos