i. Let there w
eges for em
ers. businessi ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
i. This is the*
ertake at on« b- HAVE KNOWN admitted thieveS;
ition of ma I kidnappers and murderers, admit-
rs of govern F- ted embezzlers, atheists, wife-
3 repeal ol beaters and dog-poisoners. But I've
Inch we au never known a person who admitted
e a very '"" to being a Socialist! And yet socialism
y pressure B fc a bigger menace to America than
fight to retw pomniunism.
>ly privilege* Millions of Americans are preach-
Ireedom is ^ tag, practicing and voting for socialises must go' ism. But they call it something else.
ers that reffl» Norman Thomas ran for President
is return a* 6n the Socialist ticket six times. In
states. For " 1928 he got 267,420 votes. In 1948, he
sople will be tot just a little over half that many,
ritical scrilfl Because socialism had lost its appeal?
;overnment H Pecause Norman Thomas was a poor
let us rcsoW nominee? No, Because the New and
we yield totjrair Deal took over most of his plat-
veniinent pa2*onTl- And because Americans just
ongst us oWWon t vote for socialism -if it's called
ses," paid f* socialism.
in return I" L Have you read the books your chil-
| pren are studying in high school or
which I colfl college? The socialists have wormed
bold action,! jneir way into the schoolroom, too. In
rage of batt"?n alarming number of cases, the
'rs of our »# pactier is a socialist, knowingly or un-
e last half "Knowingly. And the textbooks contain
We are. in t^"ch things as this: "Religion should
s which \villJ2,Isca™ supernaturalism" (belief in
tween freed"1 l,0 '• a socialistic economic system is
livery to iKl1'"^ tllan a competitive one," "the
I the words oljP/oht motive is evil," "a welfare-state
i in his niess| government is desirable." For in-
of the ReP"K,Ce: a, sociology textbook being
1- "Those vvWsc<1 "I high schools entitled "The
,'st be orep»,t:fmerican WaY of Life" says our form
1 ■ bf government "is a combination of a
tl,„ rnnstifV .!'>' and a famine" which will not
Trrnkli»£e, tT,ue democracy" until security
l"1",' J ;'•'■• TIP'enh '•"''' Riven to the masses."
•'' " diet L ^.socialists seen, to want to re-
1Sm'u'S Jherfl W ""' faith of our fathers" with
it, when tiler -ducational crusades to eliminate pov-
•orrupt as -rty, ill-health, war, racial segregation
■nt, being ""' ^'d crime. To them religion is nothing
Plorc than soda] wQrk
)avid Starr B J he Socialist party of America is a
if Stanford "D°,t or P[cp school of the Communist
of our duty' '"£;'">'■ thousands of American Com-
tory ever A f™'^ ** their start in the Socialist
-si! it is ^fe^1 reversal.
we ire dea".., "al,sm and communism have the
.'vUh a i'm-««5 ",itial R°a,s: seizure-by ballot
, often as '!\ifi„„ !r' Anderson is editor „f Form and
in How l0V„ i maK",zil" This editorial is reprinted
»-i's Fohvm News, February. 1956
. . . By Any Other Name
By TOM ANDERSON*
^^^ of key
As David Lil-
or bullets as the case may be
industries and services
ienthal, TVA's former boss, said:
"Those who control energy control
people." Electric power usually comes
first. Then steel, medicine, banks, fuel,
food, transportation. The government
can do it all "cheaper."
SOCIALISM: COMMUNISM WITHOUT
Socialism and communism have the
following three main things in common:
1. State ownership and control of
the means of production, distribution,
2. State planning of production (instead of a free supply-and-demand,
profit system). And control of prices
3. Elimination of personal incomes
derived from rent, interest and profit.
To establish those three principles
it is necessary for bureaucrats to take
over the running of every home in the
nation. Housewives are told what they
can buy, and the price they can pay.
When profit-making is eliminated,
consumers-choice goes with it.
If private incomes from rent, profit
and interest are abolished, then it is
up to the state to furnish individual
incomes in the form of wages, salaries,
pensions, allowances and fees. These
are dished out ol a central trough bv
mastermind planners and rationed out
bv a swarm of bureaucrats.
"Production for use instead of for
profit" means regimentation and en-
slavement of workers and industrialists alike.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY -
Even Mr. Eisenhower came out
with a socialized medicine plan he
called "federal reinsurance." It would
extend some sort of health and hospitalization insurance to some of the
60.000,000 Americans not now covered. Under the administration's "non-
socialized" plan the federal government would reinsure (guarantee for
a fee) up to three-fourths of the in-
snrance of private organizations
against abnormal losses. Something
for everybody! Insurance for the insurable and the uninsurable. Guaranteed Annual Profits for the insurance
companies. Debts for the grandchildren. And vo'tes for the administration.
BUT NOT PAID FOR
All the money paid into Social Security is spent by the government as
fast as it's taken in. None of us has
any assurance that we'll ever get any
of the money we and our employers
have paid in — unless the people are
willing to tax themselves to pay us
when we reach the retirement age.
Actually, most of our "social gains'
have been bought but not paid for.
We're willing to let following generations do that — if they can. Our security is their insecurity. For every ounce
of security we buy and charge to
them, they'll lose a pound of freedom
The British Trades Union Congress
declared that, if nationalization "remains restricted to a limited number
of industries and services, the full advantage of social ownership will be
lost." Once the government owns several key industries, others must inevitably be taken over.
Throughout history it has been the
same - the people trade the right to
handle their own affairs to the government, for handouts. Bit by hit the
planners take more and more control
and taxes. The taxpayers do the paving and the politicians do the spending. Finally, police state measures
must be applied to the people — and
the totalitarian dictatorship takes over
Socialism and communism arrive al
the same ends, though not at the same
time nor in the same way. Socialism is
creeping revolution. It's communism
with a slow-burning fuse. But in the
end, both result in dictatorship . . . in
domination of the individual by the
state ... in the destruction of representative government.
Whether we call it communism.
welfarism or socialism, it leads to the
same thing: ruinism. END