Are you old enough to remember when no one had ever seen the dark side of the moon? I am, and everyone who came before me knew the dark side of the moon as as a place just out of reach. We knew it was there but could never see it. It was a profound symbol of mystery, and man's limitations.
Last evening, while we were carving pumpkins, someone played a song that mentioned the dark side of the moon. It occurred to me that the younger members of our party might knot know what it meant. I asked. I got answers like, "It's dark," and "It's far away." Nothing even close.
Kyle-Anne Shiver, writing at The American Thinker, encountered the same thing regarding socialism, and why it should be loathed. Shiver attempts to explain it to those who are too young to have seen socialism in action.
And the reasons for loathing socialism are as clear as the nose on anyone's face.
No fully-grown human being with a single ounce of self-respect ever wants to be taken care of by others. No person with dignity will tolerate being told what to do, what to think, how to work or how to be an "acceptable" person. No free man or woman will tolerate the loss of liberty in exchange for material comfort.
Many generations of Americans vehemently rejected these notions over and over again, not out of fear, but out of the kind of visceral loathing that makes a normal person wretch, gag and grab for his religion and his guns.
The choice we are facing in this election is simple. We have freedom only when we accept personal responsibility for ourselves and our children. If we want to divest ourselves from the responsibility to provide for ourselves, then we also forfeit our freedom to make our own decisions.
Great leaders have appeared from time to time to warn free people of the innate deceptiveness of the socialists' lures. Ronald Reagan saw the evil as clear as day. Reagan's "ten scariest words in the English language":
Winston Churchill expounded further on leftist ideology:
John McCain is a leader in the same mold as Reagan and Churchill when it comes to seeing the innate evil within the Marxist lure and its deceptive threat to real peace and any prosperity worth having. But of these three -- Reagan, Churchill and McCain -- McCain is the only one who has seen firsthand, from the inside, how it is that collective regimes may appear fair and just and unified.
Shiver is right about the reasons socialism doesn't work. It works against the basic strengths of human beings. Because of this it will always fail. But it will be tried, over and over again, because it indulges our weakness for wanting to feel good about ourselves by taking care of others—with as little personal effort as possible.