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COMMUNISM VS. NAZISM PART II of: What Is Socialism?

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.

What is Socialism? Part 1

Thirty-years ago today the Berlin Wall fell, marking the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe.

Bernie Sanders and other presidential candidates say they want to transform America into a “democratic/socialist” nation.

What is socialism? There are three basic forms relevant to our discussion:

  1. global socialism (Communism);
  2. national socialism (Nazism); and,
  3. mixed socialism (modern industrialized nations)

Socialism is defined by Merriam-Webster as: a) “governmental ownership of the means of production and distribution of goods;” b) “a system of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state;” or, c) “a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism.”

In Part 1 we will discuss mixed socialism.

Bernie is a little late. The United States is already a “democratic/socialist” country. The US has not been predominately capitalist since Roosevelt’s New Deal, the growth of America’s “military industrial complex,” and the advent of LBJ’s Great Society programs. During the past eight-decades America has been transformed into a hybrid economy, combining aspects of capitalism with a vast array of socialist policies.

Following World War II, Western Europe, Japan, and other industrialized nations also developed hybrid systems combing socialism with capitalism. Much of the reason for this was to prevent Communism from gaining a foothold in western countries. So, social programs were greatly expanded to keep “the masses” from becoming radicalized.

Today, America is largely socialist. Huge portions of the economy are controlled by the government, and most other parts of the economy are heavily regulated.

The United States spent $650 billion on defense in 2018. But this huge part of the US economy has little free-market capitalism anywhere in system.

The American medical system is dominated by Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare and other government social programs. The drug industry is tightly controlled and regulated by the government, as are insurance and medical providers.

The list is virtually endless. The Federal government spent more than $4 trillion dollars in 2018. That’s an average of $13,000 for every man, woman and child in America. And that doesn’t include expenditures by state and local governments.

The dirty little secret about many of America’s “uber-rich” is that they gained their wealth through government contracts and by gaming the system. The Clintons became filthy rich from “public service.” Forbes estimated in 2016 that Bill and Hillary Clinton “earned” $240 million in the fifteen-years after they left the White House. And the Washington Post estimated in 2015 that the Clinton Foundation had raised more than $2 billion, which was largely used as the Clinton’s own personal piggybank.

The “uber-rich” exist in every nation, but in socialist countries they are primarily political leaders and those they choose to reward with government favors. H. Ross Perot, the late presidential candidate, earned much of his billions from government contracts managing Medicare and Medicaid.    

Should America become socialist, is NOT the question. The real question is: HOW MUCH socialism should be practiced in the United States?

California is the most socialist state in the US, suffering from one-party rule, where Democrats have complete control of all the levers of government. State Democratic leaders continually raise taxes and increase regulations. And yet, California has more people trapped in poverty and homeless than any other state in America. As problems mushroom, political leaders do “more of the same” pursuing the identical failed policies but expecting different results. New York is California’s twin. Increasing numbers of people are leaving California and New York, moving to states with lower taxes, fewer regulations and less socialism.

A good example of failed socialist policies is the price of gasoline. Californians now pay the highest prices in the nation, over $4 per gallon, more than in Hawaii, and $1.50 more than most other states. This is due to high state taxes and cumbersome regulation of every aspect of the oil industry in California.

There are several observations that can be made when a nation becomes TOO socialist:

  1. The cost of maintaining the social programs becomes unsustainable as the system is driven either to bankruptcy or to a reduction in expenditures;
  2. The economy becomes increasingly incumbered, unproductive and weak, impoverishing the country; and,
  3. Individual liberties and freedoms are severely curtailed as the government becomes the “nanny state” and ultimately a tyrannical dictator controlling every aspect of life.

Venezuela is a prime example. It has become a “failed state,” an utterly impoverished country ruled by a socialist despot. Venezuela has the largest proven oil reserves in the world, even larger than Saudi Arabia, and yet socialism has impoverished and enslaved the nation.

I fear for America, because we are currently at the point where individual freedoms and liberties are progressively restricted, as the government gathers increasing power to itself and its permanent unelected bureaucracy in and around Washington DC.

The United States doesn’t need an ever-growing socialism. What we do need is a renewal and revival of our spiritual and political foundations. I pray that repentance and spiritual renewal will sweep over our land.

2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Next: Part II – Communism vs. Nazism

CAESAR’S IMPEACHMENT

The Senate removed Julius Caesar from office on March 15, 44 BC. The Senate conspirators viewed themselves as liberators, believing their fellow Romans would honor them for their deed. Caesar, however, was very popular with the middle and lower classes, who were enraged that senate oligarchs had killed their hero. The Roman Empire descended into civil wars lasting more than a decade. After defeat in battle the Senate leaders, Brutus and Cassius, committed suicide. Caesar’s heir, Octavian, became the first Emperor – the Roman Republic forever lost.

Two American presidents have been impeached (Andrew Johnson and Clinton), and one resigned (Nixon) before the impeachment vote or trial could take place. No American president has been forcefully removed from office by the US Senate.

Some Americans are weary from three-years of impeachment talk, believing that if Trump were removed from office, peace and harmony may be restored. America’s polarization, however, will continue no matter who the president may be. If the Senate voted to remove Trump, this would be the beginning of conflict, just like it was in Rome.

Some also want to impeach and remove Vice-President Pence. The OD Action website states, “Tell Congress: Impeach Trump and Pence now,” posted long before the recent Ukraine controversy. The September 30, 2019 edition of the Washington Post had an article titled: President Pelosi? It could happen. Likewise, Paul Callan has an Oct. 31, 2019 opinion piece for CNN titled: How a Trump impeachment could lead to a Pelosi presidency.  

The American republic has enjoyed two-centuries of peaceful transfer-of-power, from one president to the next. However, we have no idea what would happen in a removal from office by force, particularly if a significant percentage of the electorate views the removal as unconstitutional or unjust. Would the American armed forces divide their loyalty between the Commander-in-Chief and Congress, giving rise to a civil war?

If America descends into political chaos, as a result of impeachment, will our enemies take advantage of this opportunity? Will North Korea invade the South? Will China invade Taiwan? Would Iran attack Israel? Would one of our nuclear foes risk a nuclear attack while we are distracted?

Only fools pursue a course of action that has never been tried and that is highly risky. The 2020 election is only twelve-months away. Why are Democratic leaders in Washington so unwilling to trust the will of the American voter? If voters think Trump is guilty of high crimes, they will not vote for him, and will give Democrats control of the Senate.

Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” To that I would also add patience. Wait patiently for the 2020 election and trust the will of the American voter. I hope you are praying for America.

Indie Book Awards. Christian Fiction, Novel, Daniel Molyneux Dan Molyneux, Judas Son of Simon, Moriah Books,

JUDAS SON OF SIMON WINS PRIZE FOR BEST CHRISTIAN FICTION

New Orleans – The Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (IBPPG) has named the best indie books of 2018. The Next Generation Indie Book Awards are the world’s largest not-for-profit book awards program for independent publishers.

The winners and finalists were honored June 22 at Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, coinciding with the American Library Association Annual Conference. The awards are judged by leaders of the indie book publishing industry, including many with long careers at major publishing houses. Their love of a great read and experience in the publishing arena identify books deserving a wider audience.

Catherine Goulet, Co-Chair of the 2018 awards proudly said, “Our program has become known as the Sundance of the book publishing world.” Independent book publishing companies are independent of the major conglomerates dominating the book publishing industry. Indies include: small presses, larger independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.

Daniel Molyneux’s historical novel, JUDAS SON OF SIMON (Moriah books) was chosen as the winner of the Christian Fiction category.

It and other works by Molyneux are available from Baker & Taylor, Cokesbury, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, christianbook.com and through your local independent bookseller.

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5881738.Daniel_Molyneux

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JUDAS SON OF SIMON, by Daniel Molyneux, Winner 2018 Indie Book Awards for Christian Fiction.

HIDDEN IDENTITY AND XENIA IN JESUS’ HEALING OF BARTIMAEUS by Daniel Molyneux

Introduction

The healing of blind Bar-Timaeus (Βαρ-Τιμαῖος), in Mark 10, may appear to be one of the simplest and least spectacular of Jesus’ miracles, but beneath the surface of this brief periscope is a key reoccurring theme of Jesus’ ministry and Greco-Roman culture. Providing hospitality to travelers/beggars (Xenia – ξενία), and the related concept of gods, angels and/or heroes arriving disguised as travelers or beggars (Theoxenia – θεοξενία), are frequent themes in the Bible (in both the Hebrew and Christian scriptures), as well as in Greco-Roman myth and culture.

Bar-Timaeus may be more than a blind beggar. His “hidden identity” may be that of a Greco-Roman philosopher who has chosen a beggar’s life. And his deepest desire may not be the restoration of physical sight, but obtaining spiritual enlightenment that only Jesus, the Son of David (Υἱὲ Δαυὶδ) can give.

Bar-Timaeus’ healing, in Mark’s gospel, is also a pivotal point for Jesus revealing his “hidden identity,” what some have termed the “messianic secret.” Earlier in his ministry, Jesus instructed those he healed to not “tell this to anyone” (Mark 1:44). When demons begin to announce Jesus’ hidden identity as “Son of God,” Jesus commands them to be silent and “gave them strict orders not to tell others about him” (Mark 3:11-12). Mark 1:34 says, “(Jesus) cast out many demons, but he would not allow the demons to speak because they knew he was the Messiah.” When speaking to the Twelve, Jesus told them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God. But to those on the outside everything is given in parables” (Mark 4:11). Later, when Jesus asked his closest disciples, “‘Who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah.’ Jesus warned them they should tell no one about him” (Mark 8:29-30).

When Jesus encounters Bar-Timaeus, however, Jesus no longer seeks to conceal his “hidden identity.” When Bar-Timaeus calls him “the Son of David,” synonymous with Messiah, Jesus does not command him to be silent; and several hours later, when Jesus nears Jerusalem, he rides into the city in a symbolic manner that proclaims his “hidden identity” to anyone familiar with the scriptural prophesies about the Messiah, the anointed King of Israel.

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KIRKUS REVIEW – Judas Son of Simon, by Daniel Molyneux

“The story is most powerful when incorporating details of the time period. Even readers familiar with Judas’ life may not grasp the finer differences among the Sadducees, Pharisees, and Essenes or the threat of revolution apparent at the time. Likewise, information about the intersection of Roman and local powers provides insight into how a figure like Jesus, so seemingly innocuous to the mighty Roman Empire (particularly when compared with the violent Zealots), could be put to death in such a grisly way. Period particulars augment this multilayered portrayal of Judas.”

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/daniel-molyneux/judas-son-simon/

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Judas Son of Simon, by Daniel Molyneux

San Francisco Review of Books – Judas Son of Simon

San Francisco Review of Books
“As in Daniel’s other novels Judas Son of Simon is history shared and the early stages of Christianity explored in a manner that makes them irresistibly fascinating…Daniel’s gift for storytelling is fully unleashed here as he re-writes stories we have all learned and in doing so makes them so very much more real and tenable. Another very fine book from this young and sophisticated religious historian.”

http://www.sanfranciscoreviewofbooks.com/2017/10/book-review-judas-son-of-simon-by.html

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Judas Son of Simon,
by Daniel Molyneux