The most prominent forms of socialist government have been Communism (global socialism) and Nazism (national socialism).
43% of Americans believe socialism would be a good thing for the country, according to a Gallup poll published May 20, 2019. At the same time numerous Americans appear to fear Nazism.
Nazism and Communism are the two most evil political movements in the history of the world. Since 1917 these two political parties have been responsible for the deaths of hundreds-of-millions from: genocide, civil war, world war, class warfare, terror, torture and famine. The cruelty and suffering inflicted on the world by these two evil movements makes all other political systems seem mild in comparison.
Nazism and Communism share much in common: 1) personality cult; 2) favoring one class, race or nationality over others; 3) totalitarianism; 4) military aggression; 5) pervasive use of terror; 6) persecution of traditional religion; 7) an elite group controlling all power; 8) the goal of world conquest and domination; 9) focus on the working class; 10) a foundation of pseudo-science; and 11) use of pseudo-religious mythology/cult to replace traditional religion.
There are two primary differences between Nazism and Communism: 1) Nazism focuses on the supposed racial superiority of Germanic peoples, whereas Communism focuses on the supposed superiority of the working class (the proletariat); 2) Nazism indirectly controlled the means of production, allowing private ownership that is subservient to the Nazi Party, whereas Communism historically seizes private enterprises and collectivizes the means of production under direct government control. In recent decades we have seen the Communist government in China, reverse some collectivization of industry and business in favor of more indirect control, similar to Nazi Germany’s approach.
Which is more dangerous today, Communism or Nazism?
Nazism was responsible for untold suffering and world-wide destruction between 1933 and 1945. Since then, Nazism has been relegated to small groups of poorly educated radicals. Nazism is a historical movement that wreaked havoc on the world for a brief time.
Communism first took control of Russia in 1917. During the next seventy-years, one nation after another came under Communist control. By the 1980s approximately 40% of the world’s people lived under Communist rule. The stated goal is to subjugate the entire globe to Communism.
When the Iron Curtain fell and the Soviet Union collapsed, many thought Communism was dead. It reminds me of Revelation 13:3, “One of the heads of the beast seemed to have a fatal wound, but the fatal wound was healed. The whole world was filled with amazement and followed the beast.” When the Soviet Union collapsed, Communism appeared to have a fatal wound. But with the economic rise of Communist China, its use of technology to support its totalitarian regime, along with the growth of digital payment and currency, I am reminded of Revelation 13:16-17, “It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.”
There was only one Hitler. But Communist despots easily reproduce themselves. Stalin, Mao, Kim Il-sung, Pol Pot, Castro, Ceausescu, Ho Chi Min, the list is long and getting longer.
In China we see the development of another Communist despot, Xi. For a time, it appeared as though China was opening to the world and becoming freer. But China merely borrowed a page from the Nazi playbook – indirectly controlling the means of production, in place of owning all enterprises outright. Now that China has prospered, the Communist government is exerting increasing control over every aspect of society, becoming more totalitarian, centered around the personality cult of Xi, persecuting people of faith, whether Christian, Muslim, etc.
During the Cold War, Americans had a fear of Communism. That has been replaced by utopian fantasies, hoping that American Socialism would produce better results than in the Soviet Union, China, Venezuela, etc. Today, many Americans view the US as a villain. The United States is not holy and righteous. No nation is. Like every human being and all nations, America has a long list of sins – the worst being slavery. But America also has a long list of accomplishments and achievements. When one looks at the world and its history of blood, violence, persecution, injustice, and cruelty, America has frequently been a beacon of truth, hope, freedom and opportunity.
Socialism calls for revolution. Historically it has sought the complete and utter destruction of existing culture, including morals, religion, intuitions, and the rule of law. The allure and appeal of Communism is its utopian vision, which promises justice, equality, and freedom. But the pursuit of utopian Socialism has led to unprecedented suffering, death, and tyranny. If you think America is unjust now, wait until we have a Socialist dictator.