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paternalism is "security." It is also the last word that any
Socialist government should employ because, if there is
one thing more than another that it cannot guarantee, that
very thing is security. Socialism would die in infancy anywhere in the universe but for the fact that it can, when in
Power ;tnd authority, command the wealth of the past anel
the present riches of the economic system which it seeks
The Welfare State is a financial monstrosity. Great Britain is the most heavily taxed mttion in the world. Approximately 45 per cent of the total national income is collected
oy the State in direct taxation. The British economy is
hirther exacerbated by colossal indirect taxation.
It would be dishonest to blame the Socialist government
|°r all our economic tribulations. Two world wars must
oear their full share of responsibility. But an ineviteibly
"ad situation has been recklessly aggravated by Socialist
Virtually all the necessities and amenities of life are in
short supply. Lack of coal is at the bottom of most of our
sufferings. Because we don't remove it from the earth in
luantity ancl quality for home and export consumption,
^e eke out our miserable existence in an environment in
^hich coal, gas, electricity, railway services, meat, eggs,
and wool are acute deficiencies. And we are confronted
*"h a housing shortage that creates unhappiness, frustra-
,on, and discontent. I doubt if the full stem- of the Social-
* government's failure to provide homes for the commu-
,%, comparable with its pre-election promises, will ever
e Written. Such a work would have to be another Domes-
, aV Book, covering almost every city, town, village, and
Camlet in the United Kingdom.
YAvtt> Lloyd-George said: "You cannot trust the battle
freedom to socialism. Socialism has no interest in lib-
v. Socialism means the community in bonds. If you
, tablish a Socialist community it means the most compre-
nsive, universal, and pervasive tyranny that this country
as ever seen. It is like the sand of the desert. It gets into
i "r food, your clothes, your machinery, the very air you
eathe. They are all gritty with regulations, orders, de-
I ees, and rules. That is what socialism means." If there is
a "e English language a more accurate prophecy than
j °Se prescient words of a liberal Prime Minister, I confess
ave never encountered it.
(, Recently I attended a peirty for young people, most of
•jn ^ under twenty and none over thirty years eif age.
ese young folk knew all the questions and all the
^ wers to everything that normally comes within the
Vj era' experiences in the cinema and on radio and tele-
ttj ■ ' Their world began and, apparently, ended at the
a(,i!Unction of these three twentieth century scientific
1( . Cvernents. It worried me then and it worries me now.
^ Soing to be very difficult to persuade these young
%. w''° ar<' typical of their day and generation, that
w Celluloid, synthetic world in which they live is a
sk *?e. and that the- real world outside and beyond it is
fi lng for the want of their allegiance ancl cooperation.
fjcj Politically-minded Welfare State encourages this arti-
Hn "^ °^ ol'tlook because it is in this atmosphere that its
i^j security is best secured. It is itself ;i third-rate politi-
fy. Contraption dependent for its survival on meisses of
P'e willingly accepting everything secondhand.
^ Forum News, June, 1956
Pass of peirty spirit conversation. But nearly eill the
stions, ancl all the answers, were born out of their
Can America Save Civilization?
I wish I could answer emphatically "Yes." I would hate
to answer categorically "No."
One thing is certain: Time is on the wing.
America potentially leads the democratic world. If
America fails to realize its responsibilities ancl thereby fails
in creative leadership, it surely must be conceded that
the inevitable consequence xvill be the triumph of evil the
world over ancl the rapid decline and fall of western
The United States is in a state of welfare under freedom
and private enterprise. What amazes me is that some of
their politicians and professors are now trying to persuade
the American public that only the State can give them
what they possess already. In my travels from the Atlantic
to the Pacific coast I saw and heard much that confirmed
my belief that some Americans are prepared to drop the
bone in order to snap up its shadow.
I write as an Englishman who' over the years of two
world wars has seen the gradual breakdown, under socialism, of the British way of life. The curse of my beloved
country is politics, ancl I surmise that the ckiy is not far
distant when America w ill have good reason to share my
misgivings. The British people have never taken politics
very seriously and, in that comparative apathy, have
largely overlooked the fact that politicians do. No careerist
in any weilk of life is more ruthless, more unscrupulous,
and more indefatigable than the little man or woman in
search of bigness in politics. The promise of blood, sweat,
and tears from the lips of a patriot has ;i sweeter compulsion than the promise of social security from the tongue
of the totalitarian. The one at least teaches us how to die.
The other proclaims the fact that we are already dead.
America can save civilization, or at least play a vital ancl
superlative part in so doing. Whether America will save
civilization is, unhappily, quite another story. And a possible sequel to that other story is whether America xvill be
allowed to save civilization. One thing is certain: The
Socialist threiit to America is real and urgent. The Communist threat to America is also real and urgent. Indeed.
this double threat constitutes the two sides of the totalitarian medallion.
Perhaps the- United States xvill persuade itself that economic liberty, which is incompatible with socialism in
practice, is too valuable tei place in jeopardy and altogether too priceless to abandon. Both British democracy
anel the American republic are morally under an obligation to accept the onerous role of custodian of all things
libertarian in order that Christian civilization will eventually emerge triumphant from its international struggle
with dialectical materialism. Nowhere else in the world
is such an aspiration, at this late hour, even intellectually
thinkable. Although more than five ancl a half centuries
mark the passage of time between the Magna Carta and
the American Constitution, both arc a joint inspiration to
preserve and strengthen our traditional liberties and to
resist, at whatever sacrifices, the evil temptation to sell
J. he English-speaking commercial and industrial world
is preeminently committed to the task of steeling both
capita] and labor through the morass and chaos of politic-eel and economic planning into the open market, where
all the world is free to buy and sell its services in accord-