The View From 1776
Monday, March 04, 2013
The Model For Obama’s Transformation Of The Nation
Detroit, a model Democrat/Socialist city, is about to go down the tubes.
The Obama paradigm, absorbed in his school years, is that of socialist Europe. Free-market capitalism, along with spiritual religion (especially Judeo-Christian morality), are viewed as oppressive forces to keep a plutocratic minority in power. Social justice demands that the political state confiscate plutocratic wealth and redistribute it to “the people.”
One need not work for a living; the political state, in Obama’s view the author and creator of everything in economic and political society, will provide whatever state planners deem appropriate. The road to this socialist nirvana must be opened by making everyone a ward of the political state. Hence ObamaCare and the tens of thousands of new regulations calculated to strangle private businesses.
Some liberal-progressives already are calling for abandonment of the Constitution and replacing it with public opinion polls to expand the powers of government to control individuals’ lives.
This is not a new paradigm. It was called for by Karl Marx in the mid-1800s. Germany’s Iron Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, established the world’s first welfare state apparatus shortly thereafter. As I wrote in The Liberal Jihad - The Hundred-Year War Against the Constitution:
The power potential of socialist collectivism was apparent to Bismarck. In 1881 he instituted the world’s first welfare state. Bismarck played ball with socialist party factions in the Reichstag, not from any sympathy with the cause of egalitarianism. He was, after all, a Prussian Junker, a member of the hereditary landed aristocracy. He supported socialism only because it promoted collectivizing national power and militated against English-style constitutional individualism, which he detested.
The welfare state, he decided, was the ultimate method for authoritarian control of the people. Bismarck candidly told the Reichstag that he was instituting the welfare state as a means to make people dependent upon the government and more easily herded like cattle. People who faced the potential loss of their government pensions and other welfare benefits would not be likely to balk at the orders of Bismarck and the Prussian Kaiser. History, shortly thereafter, was to validate his judgment, when obedient Germans twice marched into world wars for their collectivized, socialized Fatherland.