Part of the strategy of Cultural Marxism is infiltration of religious organizations.    It appears to have worked:

 

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Note that this event is hosted at a Portland church, even though “Budding Roses” is “explicitly non-religious.”  Click here for more details.

 

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Brand new Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has a proposed plan that defines how Democratic Socialism could be put in place in the US.  It doesn’t really include anything new, but nicely packages all the elements of the Left’s wish list including federally enforced “green” regulation, universal income, Medicare for all, strong support for unionization, and reparations for the country’s past racial and gender sins.  You can see a draft text of this plan here.

Again, there is nothing new in the Congresswoman’s proposals.  But it does provide a checklist of progressive goals that can be compared against reality.  Every element in Ocasio-Cortez’ plan has already been tested by states and countries.

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Suggested Readings: Beware!

November 30, 2018

Two important articles, both from the American Spectator, warning us of disturbing trends that threaten our prosperity and freedom.

In North Korea, students learn that the United States started the Korean War. In Stalin’s Russia, the commissar vanishes from the photograph. In China, the Chinese Communists, not the Americans, deserve most of the credit for defeating Japan in World War II. And in San Francisco, techies with the social skills of Napoleon Dynamite regulate social behavior for the rest of us by insisting not only that men are indeed women but that any contention to the contrary amounts to beyond-the-pale hate speech. Falsehood, not truth, requires censorship to thrive. – Censorship, Alas, Works

According to the YouGov survey, one-third of all Americans would prefer to live under socialism rather than capitalism. Why? Is it idealism — the desire for a classless society in which everyone is equal and envy does not exist because everything is owned in common? Is it a lack of knowledge? When asked how many people have died under communism, only 31 percent of Americans could provide the correct answer — “Over 100 million.” About seven in ten Americans could not define communism.  Commented one millennial about his peers, “They don’t recognize that much of what they enjoy in life is a result of capitalism and would disappear if socialism were to be implemented. They haven’t seen socialism’s failures firsthand.” – What Americans Must Know About Socialism

On a lighter note, here is a very entertaining satire piece on how we can address the concerns above, starting with the nation’s second-most-famous budding socialist leader – Aides Force Ocasio-Cortez To Watch Entire Run Of ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’

(Actually, I highly recommend ‘Schoolhouse Rock” as a primer of American governance.  You’ll find select videos from the series throughout this blog .)

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When debating socialized medicine (and other government monopolized services), we often argue ad nauseum about models, theories and statistics.  Cost estimates are made and actuarial tables quoted. We make moral judgments about the motivations of our opponents.  We also forget that real people are affected in real ways by our decisions.  Two cases in point are Alfie Evans and Charlie Gard of the UK.

These little boys had several things in common.  They were very, very sick with little hope of recovery.  Their parents loved them very, very much and wanted to do everything they could to help them survive.  And the UK medical and judiciary system decided that both boys should die.  The parents and others wanting to continue medical treatment were banned from doing so.  When the parents asked the government for permission to take their sons out of the country to receive medical care in the US or in Italy, where care was offered, they were denied.

Charlie Gard is now deadAlfie Evans is still alive as this is being written, even after being taken off of life support, but is not receiving any care.  He will most likely die soon.

Socialized medicine failed these two boys.  Their government failed these two families.  Theories and models are not as important as the very real lives affected by the choices we make about governance.

Milton Friedman discusses which system, collective socialism or capitalism, results in more social justice and equality.