The Democratic Party’s Communist Sympathies

The same people who call Trump “literally Hitler” and think there is a KKK member lurking around every corner will gladly wave the hammer-and-sickle flag of communism. They point to Hitler’s actions as the ultimate evil, yet they don’t condemn Stalin whose death toll was much greater than Hitler’s. While they tear down Confederate monuments, a statue of Lenin remains safe in Seattle. The popularity of Bernie Sanders, a self-described Democratic Socialist, during the 2016 presidential election goes to show how far left the Democratic Party has gone. Perhaps the Democratic Party seems to have communist sympathies because democracy and communism are concepts that are similar in nature.

Anyone forced through the American public-school system has had the sanctity of democracy reinforced through lessons year after year. Democracy is sold to children as being fair and equal. Looking beyond the elementary school lessons, it is obvious that democracy is not so fair and equal after all.

Democracy is another word for “mob rule” or “rule of the majority.” If 51% of the population wants person A to be president and 49% of the population wants person B to be president, then the majority can elect who they prefer and impose its will on the minority. Such a system is destined to create conflicts.

The key characteristic of communism is the absence of private property rights. As the Marxist maxim goes, “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” Government violates private property rights when it expropriates and regulates property of individuals. The act of voting gives people (more specifically, the majority) the ability to elect representatives who can enact the policies to expropriate and regulate property as the representative sees fit. Democracy chisels away at the foundation of Western civilization, private property rights.

Markets are better than democracy. Markets must respond immediately to the wants of individual consumers. Businesses can immediately know if consumers prefer a certain product over another and will respond by supplying the product that is demanded more by consumers. The results of decisions made by individuals in markets are very much in the control of the individual. If someone wants to buy a good or service, they must use their own money to get that good or services. The consumer alone takes the risk when making a purchase and alone bears the responsibility. If I buy a bag of apples, it is because I wanted to buy apples to eat. Someone else didn’t take money out of my pocket, purchase apples, and give them to me. In a democracy, elected representatives can expropriate property and use it to “buy” certain goods to provide to the voters. This violates the rights of the smallest minority: the individual.

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Originally published at www.lessonsinliberty.net on August 15, 2017.