SPECIAL: The Problem of Socialism


SOCIALISM IS ON THE
RISE IN AMERICA. DOES IT WORK? AND PERHAPS MORE
IMPORTANTLY, IS SOCIALISM
EVEN BIBLICAL? ON THIS PROGRAM, WE
TAKE A CLOSER LOOK. SOCIALISM MEANS WE UNITE
AS ONE PEOPLE AND WE DECIDE ON WHAT
WE WANT TO DO. I AM UPSET WITH THE
DIRECTION THAT AMERICA IS GOING BECAUSE I CAME FROM
THE PLACE WHERE IT DIDN’T WORK, WHERE AMERICA
IS TRYING TO GO NOW. IT’S ONE THING FOR YOU TO
GIVE OUT OF COMPASSION FOR SOMEONE WHO’S
LESS FORTUNATE. IT’S AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT
THING FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO CONFISCATE YOUR
PROPERTY AND GIVE IT TO SOMEONE ELSE. BASICALLY WE’RE ROBBING
THE PRODUCTIVE PEOPLE OF OUR ECONOMY TODAY TO GIVE
MONEY TO PEOPLE WHO ARE UNPRODUCTIVE. D. JAMES KENNEDY MINISTRIES
PRESENTS THE PROBLEM OF SOCIALISM, A REVEALING
LOOK AT HOW THE THREAT OF EVER-GROWING GOVERNMENT
ENDANGERS AMERICA. FOR DECADES, THE WORD
“SOCIALISM” HAS BEEN A DIRTY WORD IN AMERICAN
POLITICS- AND RIGHTLY SO. IN THE PAST SUCCESSFULLY
IDENTIFYING A PROGRAM OR IDEA WITH SOCIALISM WOULD
EFFECTIVELY KILL IT. BUT IN RECENT YEARS,
THAT HAS ALL CHANGED. THOUGH IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN
UNTHINKABLE JUST TEN OR TWENTY YEARS AGO,
ACCEPTANCE OF SOCIALISM IS ON THE RISE IN AMERICA. WE MUST CREATE AN
ECONOMY THAT WORKS FOR ALL, NOT JUST THE
VERY WEALTHY. SOCIALISM IS TAKING
CARE OF EACH OTHER. THAT’S THE WAY I SEE IT. WE HAVE TO TAKE
CARE OF EACH OTHER. WE HAVEN’T DONE THAT IN A
LONG TIME IN THIS COUNTRY. SOCIALISM IS IN MY
DEFINITION I WOULD SAY PEOPLE HAVING WHAT THEY
NEED, PEOPLE BEING ABLE TO LIVE WITH DIGNITY
KNOWING THAT THEY HAVE WHAT THEY NEED. BUT THE TRAGEDY IS THAT
YOU SEE THESE COLLEGE STUDENTS MASSING TO HIS
RALLIES AND CHAMPIONING HIS IDEAS. GREED IS DESTROYING
OUR NATION. (APPLAUSE) WE WONDER HOW THESE
COLLEGE STUDENTS WOULD RESPOND IF YOU WENT
TO THEM AND SAID, “YOU’RE AN ‘A’
STUDENT, BUT YOU KNOW, THERE’S AN ‘F’ STUDENT IN
YOUR CLASS SO WE’RE GOING TO GIVE YOU A ‘C’
AND GIVE THEM A ‘C.’ HOW DO YOU LIKE THAT?” I DON’T THINK THEY WOULD. SOCIALISM DOESN’T WORK. NATASHA SRDOC GREW UP UNDER
SOCIALISM IN YUGOSLAVIA. SHE IS NOW AN
AMERICAN BY CHOICE. PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW
THAT IT HAS BEEN TRIED, IT’S A WONDERFUL IDEA
BUT IT DOESN’T WORK. IN THE END ACTUALLY
SOCIALISM RUNS OUT OF THE MONEY BECAUSE IT
PROMISES FREE EDUCATION, FREE HEALTHCARE,
FREE EVERYTHING. FREE COLLEGE WOULD
BE A GREAT START, 4 YEAR UNIVERSITIES
SHOULD BE FREE. BUT SOMEBODY HAS TO PAY
FOR IT AND IT CANNOT GENERATE THAT KIND OF
A GROWTH THAT YOU CAN ACCUMULATE THAT KIND OF
TAX REVENUE THAT YOU CAN PAY FOR EVERYTHING AND
HAVE ECONOMIC GROWTH, IT DOESN’T WORK. SOCIALISM SAYS
EVERYONE IS THE SAME. WELL, AS YOU LOOK AT
YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, YOU KNOW EVERYONE
IS NOT THE SAME. SOCIALISM HAS KIND OF
PROVED ITSELF TO BE BANKRUPT, BUT IT’S
NOT DYING OUT IN THE INTELLECTUAL WORLD. WE NEED TO BE CONCERNED
ABOUT THE WAYS IN WHICH SOCIALIST THINKING IS
CREEPING INTO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND ALSO
INTO THE CHURCHES. THERE IS A CONCERN THAT
SOCIALISM- AND THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND IT- IS
EXTENDING ITS TENTACLES INTO AMERICAN LIFE. I BELIEVE IN MANY OF OUR
GOVERNMENT POLICIES, UNWITTINGLY, THE AVERAGE
AMERICAN IS ALLOWING HIMSELF TO BE LED BY
GROUPS THAT HAVE LEFT LEANINGS TOWARD A
MANIFESTATION OF SOCIALISM. SOCIALISM IS THE
GOVERNMENT RUNNING THE ECONOMY THE GOVERNMENT
GUIDING OR OWNING RESOURCES IN THE ECONOMY,
NOT PEOPLE IN THE PRIVATE MARKETS. AND GOVERNMENT SOCIALISM
MANIFESTLY DOES NOT WORK. IF IT DID, THE SOVIET
UNION WOULD’VE WON THE COLD WAR. BUT THE OVERALL GOAL OF
ALL SOCIALISM GETS BACK TO ONE THING: GOVERNMENT
CONTROL OF PRIVATE PROPERTY. FOR EXAMPLE, KARL MARX
WROTE: AND WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
PEOPLE ARE FORCED AGAINST THEIR WILL TO PROVIDE
FOR THE COMMON POT IN A COLLECTIVE SCHEME? WHAT YOU WIND UP WITH
IS FORCED COLLECTIVISM. THE COLLECTIVISM CAN NEVER
BE DONE VOLUNTARILY ON A MASS LEVEL. IN THE 20TH CENTURY MORE
PEOPLE DIED AT THE HANDS OF THEIR OWN ATHEIST,
SOCIALIST, MARXIST GOVERNMENTS THEN DIED
IN ALL THE WARS IN ALL THE HISTORY OF MANKIND. WE’RE TALKING MILLIONS OF
PEOPLE WERE MURDERED BY THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT
SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY WOULD NOT ACCEPT THE IDEA THAT
EVERYTHING THAT THEY PRODUCED SHOULD BE
SURRENDERED TO THE STATE. YET SOCIALISM IS
TAUGHT IN OUR SCHOOLS, AT VIRTUALLY EVERY
LEVEL, ESPECIALLY IN THE UNIVERSITIES. JOSHUA MURAVCHIK HAS
WRITTEN A DEFINITIVE BOOK ON THE HISTORY OF THE
MOVEMENT- HEAVEN ON EARTH: THE RISE AND FALL
OF SOCIALISM. IF YOU GO TO UNIVERSITIES,
ANY PLACE IN THE WORLD, INCLUDING VERY MUCH IN THE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WHICH IS NOT A VERY
LEFTIST COUNTRY ON THE WHOLE, BUT YOU’LL FIND
LOADS OF PROFESSORS SOME WILL CALL THEMSELVES
MARXISTS AND OTHERS WHO WILL STOP SHORT OF CALLING
THEMSELVES MARXISTS, BUT WILL SAY MARX HAD
WONDERFUL INSIGHTS THAT HELP US TO
INTERPRET THE WORLD. NOW, WE’VE GOT, YOU KNOW,
21 YEAR OLD CONSERVATIVE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS IN
CHRISTIAN COLLEGES THAT ARE THINKING MORE OR
LESS LIKE SOCIALISTS. NOW, THEY’RE NOT
SECULARISTS, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR BASIC
ECONOMIC UNDERSTANDING, THEIR BASIC UNDERSTANDING
OF WHAT ECONOMICS IS LIKE, THEY THINK NOT
ONLY IS IT CORRECT, THEY THINK THAT IN FACT
THE CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW IMPLIES OR REQUIRES
SOCIALISM. THE FOUNDERS HAD A VISION
FOR CREATING A UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THESE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, STATES CREATED THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THE WHOLE IDEA WAS TO
HAVE IT BE LIMITED, THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
BE LIMITED AND HAVE MANY CHECKS AND BALANCES, AND
THEIR WHOLE GOAL WAS TO KEEP FROM AMASSING LARGE
CENTRALIZED FEDERAL POWER. TO OUR DETRIMENT MANY
PEOPLE TODAY HAVE FORGOTTEN THE LESSONS OF
OUR FOUNDING FATHERS WHO CREATED A UNIQUE NATION
AMONG ALL THE NATIONS IN THE WORLD. AS WE’VE SEEN, SOCIALISTIC
PROGRAMS HAVE PROLIFERATED IN RECENT YEARS. AND THERE’S A GROWING
ACCEPTANCE OF SOCIALISM- EVEN BY THAT NAME- AMONG
YOUNGER GENERATIONS IN AMERICA. BUT THERE’S A
MORE IMPORTANT, MORE FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE AT
STAKE THAN SOCIALISM’S MERE POPULARITY. IS SOCIALISM A GOOD
ECONOMIC SYSTEM BASED ON REALITY AS GOD MADE IT? OR, TO PUT IT ANOTHER
WAY: DOES THE BIBLE TEACH SOCIALISM? ONE OF THE GREAT CLASHES
IN THE MODERN WORLD IS BETWEEN TWO MUTUALLY
EXCLUSIVE SYSTEMS: SOCIALISM AND
FREE ENTERPRISE, SOMETIMES CALLED
CAPITALISM. ADVOCATES OF SOCIALISM
CLAIM THAT IT IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE AND
COMPASSIONATE SYSTEM FOR TAKING CARE OF PEOPLE,
EVEN THAT IT EMBODIES THE CORE PRINCIPLES
OF CHRISTIANITY. FRANKLY, SOCIALISM HAS
THE BEST BRANDING AND IT APPEALS TO QUITE LEGITIMATE
MORAL INTUITIONS THAT CHRISTIANS HAVE. BY CONTRAST, THE FREE
ENTERPRISE SYSTEM IS PORTRAYED AS COLD
AND GREED-DRIVEN, CARELESSLY LEAVING
DISADVANTAGED PEOPLE IN ITS WAKE. BUT IS THIS TRUE? WHAT DOES THE BIBLE
REALLY SAY ABOUT IT? I DON’T BELIEVE THAT THE
BIBLE TEACHES SOCIALISM. I THINK THAT THAT IS A
MENTAL CONSTRUCT THAT FOLKS HAVE TRIED TO
SUPERIMPOSE ON THE BIBLE. THE BIBLE TEACHES
PRIVATE PROPERTY. THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT
WE ARE TO CARE FOR OUR NEIGHBOR. WHEN RICHARD LAND WAS
STARTING HIS DOCTORATE AT OXFORD UNIVERSITY IN
ENGLAND BACK IN THE 1970S HE HAD A VERY INTERESTING
VISIT THAT GETS TO THE ROOT OF THIS QUESTION OF
THE BIBLE AND ECONOMICS. A YOUNG MAN SHOWED UP AND
WANTED TO ENROLL US IN THE SOCIALIST CLUB AND I SAID
“NO, DON’T THINK SO.” AND HE SAID “WELL I
UNDERSTAND YOU’RE A CHRISTIAN, YOU’RE A
BAPTIST MINISTER.” AND I SAID “WELL YES I AM.” HE SAID “WELL IF YOU’RE A
CHRISTIAN YOU HAVE TO BE A SOCIALIST.” AND I SAID “YOU KNOW
THAT’S ONE OF THE MORE EXTRAORDINARY
STATEMENTS I’VE HEARD.” AND I SAID “IT SEEMS TO ME
IF YOU’RE A CONSISTENT CHRISTIAN YOU CAN’T
BE A SOCIALIST.” AND HE LOOKED AT ME LIKE A
COW LOOKING AT A NEW GATE. AND I PROCEEDED TO
EXPLAIN TO HIM THAT SOCIALISM WON’T WORK
BECAUSE SOCIALISM IS BASED UPON THE ASSUMPTION
THAT MAN IS BASICALLY NEUTRAL OR GOOD. WE ARE FALLEN BEINGS
AND CORRUPT BEINGS; AND THEREFORE, YOU CAN’T
REDEEM THE WORLD THROUGH HUMAN AGENCY. BUT EVERYBODY ON THE LEFT
ACTUALLY BELIEVES THAT IT’S SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS
THAT ARE THE PROBLEM, NOT PEOPLE. THAT IT’S CAPITALISM THAT
DIVIDES THEM, PRIVATE PROPERTY MAKES THEM
RACISTS AND EXPLOITERS. NONSENSE, PEOPLE DO THAT. ONE OF THE KEY ECONOMIC
PRINCIPLES OF THE BIBLE IS THAT ONE IS EXPECTED
TO EARN ONE’S KEEP. THE APOSTLE PAUL
WROTE TO THE CHURCH IN THESSALONICA, WHERE SOME
WERE LAZING AROUND, WAITING FOR THE
SECOND COMING. BUT FOR THOSE WHO ARE
UNABLE TO WORK, OR WHO ARE EXPERIENCING
A PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT TIME SUCH AS
WIDOWS AND ORPHANS, THE BIBLE CERTAINLY
TEACHES CHARITY. IN FACT, HISTORICALLY, IT
WAS THE CHRISTIAN FAITH THAT UNLOCKED THE
FORCES OF CHARITY. IT WAS JESUS CHRIST WHO
TAUGHT THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN, AND HE
TOLD HIS FOLLOWERS TO: IF YOU GO BACK AND LOOK
AT WHO IS HELPING THE POOR RIGHT NOW IN AMERICA, IT
IS EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS WHO OUT OF THE LARGESS AND
GENEROSITY OF THEIR HEART ARE GIVING BOTH DOMESTICALLY
AND INTERNATIONALLY TO HOME AND FOREIGN MISSIONS. THE BIBLE TEACHES CHARITY
AND THAT’S FREELY GIVING TO THOSE WHO HAVE A NEED. BUT SOCIALISM IS FORCIBLY
TAKING FROM ONE PERSON AND GIVING TO ANOTHER, AND
IT’S THE GOVERNMENT OR THE AUTHORITIES THAT
ARE DOING IT. AND THAT’S STEALING. THE POLITICIANS THAT
PROMOTE SOCIALISM DO IT AS IF THEY’RE THE
ONES BEING KIND. BUT REALLY THEY’RE
SPENDING OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY IN THEIR KINDNESS. FORCED REDISTRIBUTION
BY SOME KIND OF PANEL OR GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY IS
NOT REALLY WHAT I BELIEVE THE BLESSINGS OF THE
LORD ARE ABOUT. AT THE HEART OF THE MATTER
IS THE FACT THAT EVERY DOLLAR THE GOVERNMENT
GIVES TO ONE PERSON IS A DOLLAR IT, HAVING
NO MONEY OF ITS OWN, HAS TAKEN FROM SOMEONE
ELSE BY FORCE OF LAW. BUT THE TEN COMMANDMENT
GIVES US A CLEAR DECLARATION FROM GOD
ON THIS TOPIC- TWO OF THE 10 COMMANDMENTS
PRESUPPOSE THE LEGITIMACY OF PRIVATE PROPERTY. DO NOT STEAL- THAT
IMPLIES THAT PEOPLE HAVE SOME PROPERTY THAT YOU
LEGITIMATELY BELONGS TO THEM AND THAT IT’S WRONG
TO COERCIVELY TAKE IT FROM THEM. DO NOT COVET YOUR
NEIGHBOR’S WIFE OR HIS POSSESSIONS- THAT IMPLIES
THAT THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS WITHIN THE
INDIVIDUAL DOMAIN THAT WE JUSTLY HAVE THE RIGHT TO. ONE OF THE MAJOR PROBLEMS
WITH SOCIALISM IS IT’S BASED ON COVETOUSNESS. WHEN YOU HEAR A POLITICIAN
PROMOTING A POLICY THAT A SOCIALIST POLICY, THE WAY
HE SELLS IT IS BY SAYING, THE WEALTHY HAVE SOMETHING
THAT YOU OUGHT TO HAVE. WE SHOULD TAKE FROM THE
WEALTHY TO GIVE TO YOU. AND HE’S TAPPING INTO THE
VOTER’S OR THE LISTENER’S SENSE OF GREED OR
COVETOUSNESS THAT I WANT WHAT SOMEONE ELSE HAS. AND RATHER THAN
WORKING FOR IT, I WANT IT TAKEN FROM
THEM AND GIVEN TO ME. THE BIBLE DOES CALL FOR
CHRISTIANS TO PAY THEIR TAXES TO THE GOVERNMENT,
AND SOME LEVEL OF TAXATION FOR THE COMMON
GOOD IS EXPECTED. STILL, DESPITE THESE MORAL
PROBLEMS WITH GOVERNMENT CONFISCATION AND
REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH, MANY ADVOCATES OF
SOCIALISM HAVE POINTED TO THE BIBLE FOR
JUSTIFICATION. ONE SUCH PASSAGE IS
ACTS 2, WHERE THE EARLY CHRISTIANS SHARED
THEIR PROPERTY. SOME HAVE SAID THIS
WAS A PRIMITIVE FORM OF COMMUNISM. IT SAYS: THIS IS NOWHERE HELD
UP IN SCRIPTURE OR CHRISTIAN TRADITION
AS THE UNIVERSAL MODEL FOR CHRISTIANS. THE ONLY PLACE WE EVER
HEAR ABOUT THIS HAPPENING, IN FACT, IS IN THE
CHURCH IN JERUSALEM. AND LATER, AND PAUL IS
WRITING, HE’S TALKING ABOUT THE POVERTY OF THE
JERUSALEM CHURCH AND IS COLLECTING MONEY TO BRING
BACK TO THE CHURCH IN JERUSALEM, SO, WE CAN
ASSUME THAT CHURCH HAD VERY SPECIFIC PROBLEMS. THIS IS NOT COMMUNISM,
THIS IS NOT SOCIALISM, THIS IS CHRISTIANITY, THIS
IS CARING FOR ONE ANOTHER. AND IT’S NOT THE
GOVERNMENT CONTROLLING IT; IT IS THE SPIRIT OF GOD
WITHIN ME DIRECTING ME TO BE LED OF GOD’S SPIRIT TO
HELP THE BODY OF CHRIST, AND NOT ONLY TO HELP
THE BODY OF CHRIST, BUT TO HELP OTHERS. A FEW CHAPTERS LATER,
IN ACTS 5, THERE’S AN INCIDENT WHERE A COUPLE,
ANANIAS AND SAPPHIRA SELL THEIR HOUSE AND GIVE
MOST OF THE PROCEEDS TO THE CHURCH. THEY COME UNDER THE
JUDGMENT OF GOD, HOWEVER, AFTER HOLDING BACK A
PORTION FOR THEMSELVES. SOME SOCIALISTS HAVE
CLAIMED THAT THIS JUDGMENT IS A REPUDIATION OF
PRIVATE PROPERTY. BUT A CLOSE READING OF THE
TEXT SHOWS THE OPPOSITE IS THE CASE. THEY WERE LYING THOUGH TO
THE SPIRIT OF GOD, SAYING THAT THEY HAD SOLD
IT FOR THIS AMOUNT, WHEN THEY REALLY HADN’T. YOU CAN DO WITH IT
WHAT YOU PLEASE, IT’S YOURS, JUST
DON’T LIE TO GOD. WHAT’S MORE, CLASSIC
SOCIALISM AND ITS OFFSPRING COMMUNISM
ARE BASED ON A VIEW OF THE UNIVERSE
THAT EXCLUDES GOD. THESE ARE TWO COMPLETELY
DIFFERENT WORLDVIEWS. THIS IS WHY SIMPLY ON
LOGICAL GROUNDS IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO BE BOTH AN
ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN AND AN ORTHODOX MARXIST. YOU’RE EITHER GONNA
BE VERY CONFUSED, OR YOU’RE GONNA BE
ONE OR THE OTHER. SOCIALISM IS AN IDEA THAT
KEEPS PEOPLE IN POVERTY. AND SO IT’S VERY
DESTRUCTIVE TO SOCIETIES AND TO FAMILIES. AND IT’S NOT A
BIBLICAL CONCEPT. THOUGH THE BIBLE CLEARLY
DOES NOT TEACH SOCIALISM, MILLIONS BELIEVE
THAT IT DOES. THAT’S THE VIEW
MANY WELL-MEANING, EAGER YOUNG CHRISTIANS
PICK UP AT COLLEGE OR PERHAPS FROM AN IDEALISTIC
BUT MISLED YOUTH GROUP. TODAY, JAY RICHARDS IS AN
ACCOMPLISHED ECONOMIST, PHILOSOPHER, AND AUTHOR
WITH A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW. BUT AT ONE TIME AS
A YOUNG CHRISTIAN, JAY WAS DRAWN INTO THE
FALSE WORLDVIEW OF SOCIALISM, BELIEVING
IT TO BE BIBLICAL. ONE YOUNG MAN WHO
DALLIED WITH SOCIALISM WHEN HE WAS IN COLLEGE
IS JAY RICHARDS AUTHOR OF MONEY, GREED,
AND GOD: HOW CAPITALISM IS THE SOLUTION
NOT THE PROBLEM. I GREW UP IN A MEDIUM
SIZE CITY IN TEXAS, MORE OR LESS AS A KIND
OF CONVENTIONAL MAINLINE CHRISTIAN, BUT GOT
OFF TO COLLEGE, A VERY LIBERAL LIBERAL
ARTS COLLEGE IN SOUTH TEXAS, AND IMMEDIATELY
FELL IN WITH SOCIALIST AND MARXIST THINKING. IN FACT, MY VERY FIRST
COURSE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE I HAD TO READ THE
COMMUNIST MANIFESTO BY MARX AND ENGELS AND A BOOK
CALLED DEMOCRACY FOR THE FEW BY AN AMERICAN SOCIALIST
NAMED MICHAEL PARENTI. AND I READ PARENTI’S BOOK
ABOUT FIVE TIMES THAT SEMESTER AND READ THE
COMMUNIST MANIFESTO I DON’T KNOW HOW
MANY TIMES. SO, BY THE END
OF THE SEMESTER, I WAS MORE OR LESS
THINKING IN MARXIST CATEGORIES AND FRANKLY
FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS, THOUGHT AS A SOCIALIST. BUT I WAS ALSO, AT LEAST
AT THE TIME MORE OR LESS A CHRISTIAN AND THOUGHT A
LOT OF THIS STUFF ACTUALLY RESONATES WITH THE
CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW. JESUS, ON THE OTHER HAND
TALKED ABOUT THE POOR, HE TALKED ABOUT JUSTICE
AND ALL THESE THINGS, AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT
THE SOCIALISTS WERE TALKING ABOUT. SO, IT’S VERY EASY FOR
A FRESHMAN MIND IS NOT THINKING CLEARLY
ABOUT ECONOMICS, TO SUDDENLY FIND THAT
THE SOCIALIST VISION, EVEN THE MARXIST VISION
THROUGH A SHORN OF ITS ATHEISM IS SOMEHOW
COMPATIBLE WITH OR EVEN IMPLIED BY THE
CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW. WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN
MY CASE IS I KEPT READING ECONOMICS. SO, THAT BY MY SENIOR
YEAR IN COLLEGE, I REALIZE COMMUNISM
AND COLLECTIVISM, THEY DON’T WORK
ECONOMICALLY, BUT THERE’S SOMETHING
MORALLY WRONG WITH IT. IT’S STILL MORE OR
LESS BASED ON GREED. IT WASN’T UNTIL I WAS
ACTUALLY IN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY AND STARTED
READING SOME BOOKS BY A GUY NAMED GEORGE GUILDER
AND ANOTHER ONE NAMED MICHAEL NOVAK THAT I
REALIZED THAT IN FACT, THAT CARICATURE OF
CAPITALISM IS JUST THAT, IT’S A CARICATURE. CAPITALISM IS NOT
BASED ON GREED; RATHER IT CHANNELS GREED,
WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU WOULD WANT OF AN ECONOMIC
SYSTEM IN A FALLEN WORLD. THE FRUITS OF SOCIALISM
COULDN’T BE WORSE. IN FACT, THERE’S NO
POLITICAL IDEOLOGY THAT’S EVER KILLED MORE PEOPLE THAN
THE SOCIALIST EXPERIMENT. AND SO, FROM A
CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE, JUST FROM A GENERICALLY
MORAL PERSPECTIVE, THE IDEA THAT SOCIALISM
OUGHT TO HAVE SOME KIND OF PROMISE FOR REDEEMING
HUMAN BEINGS OR HELPING US, IT’S ABSURD. JUST LOOK AT THE RECORD. AS YOU’VE JUST SEEN, JAY
RICHARDS WAS DRAWN INTO AN ESSENTIALLY MARXIST
IDEOLOGY THROUGH IGNORANCE AND A TWISTING OF HIS
CHRISTIAN CONVICTIONS. IN REALITY, MARXISM, THE
PARENT OF BOTH SOCIALISM AND ITS HARDER-EDGED
SIBLING COMMUNISM, ARE INCOMPATIBLE WITH
BIBLICAL TEACHING. AND WHEN MARXIST ECONOMICS
PROCEED COMPLETELY UNFETTERED, THE RESULTS
ARE NOT ONLY UNFORTUNATE- THEY’RE DOWNRIGHT TRAGIC. MEET KAI CHEN, AN
IMMIGRANT FROM COMMUNIST CHINA WHO HAS EXPERIENCED
THE TRAGEDIES OF MARXISM- AND THE LIBERATION
OF A MORE BIBLICAL, FREE MARKET
SYSTEM- FIRSTHAND. A MAJOR GOAL OF MARXISM IS
THE ABOLITION OF PRIVATE PROPERTY, WHICH MARX AND
ENGELS BELIEVED WOULD USHER IN A WORKER’S
PARADISE BY ELIMINATING SELFISHNESS AND GREED. IF YOU CAN JUST ELIMINATE
PRIVATE PROPERTY, THAT WILL ELIMINATE ALL
THE THINGS THAT KEEP PEOPLE APART FROM EACH
OTHER AND SUDDENLY WE WILL ALL LOVE EACH OTHER AND
GET ALONG IN PERFECT HARMONY. BUT HISTORY RECORDS THAT
MARXISM SIMPLY UNLEASHED ONE TERROR AFTER ANOTHER. KAI CHEN IS A CHINESE
IMMIGRANT TO AMERICA. WELL, I WAS BORN
IN BEIJING, 1953. THAT’S RIGHT AFTER THE
COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT TOOK OVER IN 1949. MY PARENTS, WORKED FOR THE
CHINESE CUSTOMS BEFORE THE COMMUNIST TAKEOVER. AFTER ESTABLISHING ITSELF,
THE GOVERNMENT BEGAN EXILING WORKERS WITH
CERTAIN BACKGROUNDS INTO THE COUNTRYSIDE. KAI CHEN’S FAMILY
WAS AMONG THEM. BUT AFTER THEY
ESTABLISHED THEMSELVES, THEY STARTED PERSECUTION. AFTER THEY THINK, “OH, NOW
WE CAN RUN THE GOVERNMENT NOW, NOW WE CAN
RUN THIS AGENCY.” THE PERSECUTIONS STARTED. IN THE LATE 1950’S,
CHAIRMAN MAO LAUNCHED HIS SO-CALLED “GREAT
LEAP FORWARD.” IT RESULTED IN A MASSIVE
FAMINE THAT KILLED MILLIONS. IT’S LIKE COMMUNISM,
SOCIALISM, COLLECTIVISM, THESE THINGS, THEY WANT
TO COMMAND THE NATURE. YOU SEE THAT, THAT VERY
MISTAKE CAUSED THE FAMINE. THEY SAY, “OH, I’M SMARTER
THAN GOD, YOU SEE. I CAN COMMAND THIS LAND TO
PRODUCE THAT MUCH, OKAY.” WHEN THE LAND DOES NOT
PRODUCE THAT MUCH, THEY CREATE THE FIGURES TO
CHEAT OR THEY COLLECT FROM YOUR HOME TO TRY TO
FILL THEIR FIGURES. AND THEN RESULT IS
IN THE COUNTRYSIDE, THERE’S A STARVATION, HUGE
STARVATION FOR THREE YEARS. AND PEOPLE DIE,
DROP LIKE FLIES, AND CANNIBALISM RETURN
IN THE COUNTRYSIDE. AND PEOPLE EAT THEIR
CHILDREN, BUT THEY CAN’T, SOME PEOPLE DON’T, THEY
DON’T HAVE THE HEART TO EAT THEIR OWN CHILDREN,
THEY EXCHANGE IT WITH THEIR NEIGHBORS AND
EAT THEIR CHILDREN. “OH, PEOPLE DIE. STILL, NO, THEY
STILL CAN BE USED. YOU CAN BURY THEM IN THE
LAND AS A FERTILIZER.” MAO SAID THAT. THOUGH THE FAMINE KILLED
TENS OF MILLIONS, KAI CHEN AND HIS
FAMILY SURVIVED. WHILE WORKING IN
THE COUNTRYSIDE, HE PRACTICED PLAYING
BASKETBALL, AND ULTIMATELY WAS RECRUITED ONTO THE
CHINESE NATIONAL TEAM. IN CHINA, I
WAS A BIG STAR, TRAVEL EVERYWHERE IN THE
WORLD, REPRESENTING CHINA, GOT ALL THE BENEFITS, YOU
KNOW, ALL THAT STUFF. I WAS NOT HAPPY. I WAS DYING INSIDE. MY BASKETBALL WAS HIJACKED
BY A GOVERNMENT OF EVIL. AT THAT TIME, I MET
AN EXCHANGE STUDENT, MY WIFE SUSAN, AFTER
ABOUT COUPLE YEARS WE GOT MARRIED IN 1981. I CAME HERE, I WAS HAPPY. FOR THE FIRST
TIME, I FEEL HAPPY. HAPPINESS, YOU KNOW. AND PENNILESS,
I CAME HERE, I WORKED IN THE FAST
FOOD, AND MEANWHILE, ATTEND ADULT SCHOOL
TO LEARN ENGLISH. KAI CHEN WENT ON TO EARN A
POLITICAL SCIENCE DEGREE FROM UCLA, AND IS NOW A
SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN WHO EXTOLS THE BENEFITS OF
AMERICA AND ITS FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM. IT’S FOUNDED FOR THE
FREE SOULS, LIKE ME. AND WE COME HERE AND WE
WANT TO ESTABLISH OURSELF, WE DO NOT, WE
CREATE VALUES. WE ARE NOT ZOMBIES. WE DO NOT SUCK
VALUES FROM OTHERS. WE CREATE VALUES. AMERICA, YOU DON’T EVEN
KNOW WHAT THIS COUNTRY MEANS ANYMORE. YOU LOSE, YOU
HAVE LOST IT. AND YOU HAVE LOST IT
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE CONSTITUTION OR
THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE ANYMORE. I WAS BORN CHINESE, BUT
I CHOSE TO BE AMERICAN. I CHOSE TO BE AMERICAN
BECAUSE I CHOSE TO BE FREE. THAT’S ALL. AS YOU HAVE SEEN ON
TODAY’S PROGRAM, SOCIALISM IS AN IDEOLOGY BORN OF
ATHEISM, AND FOSTERED BY A FALSE WORLDVIEW THAT SEES
MAN AS PERFECTIBLE AND A UTOPIAN SOCIETY
AS ACHIEVABLE. BUT THE INEVITABLE
RESULT IS TYRANNY. YET THE LURE OF SOCIALISM
PROVES APPEALING TO A NEW GENERATION, LARGELY
IGNORANT OF ITS SORTED HISTORY. THAT’S WHY IT HAS NEVER
BEEN MORE IMPORTANT FOR AMERICANS TO UNDERSTAND
THE THREAT OF SOCIALISM. WE HAVE TWO NEW RESOURCES
TO HELP YOU WITH THAT. THE FIRST IS OUR NEW BOOK,
JUST OFF THE PRESSES, CALLED THE COMING
SOCIALIST WAVE: BIBLICAL ANSWERS TO SOCIALIST LIES. AS YOU’VE SEEN ON TODAY’S
PROGRAM, SOCIALISM IS NOT BIBLICAL, AND IT
DOES NOT WORK. YET MILLIONS OF AMERICANS
UNDER THE AGE OF 30 SAY THEY PREFER SOCIALISM
TO CAPITALISM. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU
KNOW THE TRUTH- AND THAT YOU PASS IT ON TO YOUR
CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN INUNDATED
WITH SOCIALIST PROPAGANDA. WE’LL SEND YOU THE NEW
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SHOWING THAT, SOCIALISM IMPOVERISHES NATIONS, IS
AT WAR WITH THE FAMILY, AND IS AT WAR WITH
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CALLED WHAT’S WRONG WITH SOCIALISM? THIS EXCLUSIVE PROGRAM
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MOHLER OF THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL
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DOCUMENTARY FEATURES ON THE GROWING THREAT AND
POPULARITY OF SOCIALISM AND HOW TO STOP IT, AS
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“DOES THE BIBLE TEACH SOCIALISM.” WE WILL SEND YOU THE
HARD-HITTING BOOK, THE COMING SOCIALIST WAVE:
BIBLICAL ANSWERS TO SOCIALIST LIES, AS OUR
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WITNESSED FIRSTHAND THE DANGER OF SOCIALISM AND
SEEN HOW QUICKLY IT IS DEMOLISHED BY A
BIBLICAL UNDERSTANDING. ANY SYSTEM THAT TRIES TO
DETHRONE GOD AND UNDERMINE THE BIBLICAL TRUTH ABOUT
MANKIND IS DESTINED TO FAIL. MAY OUR NATION LEARN THESE
LESSONS NOW BEFORE WE GO ANY FURTHER DOWN THE PATH
LEADING TO THE END OF FAITH AND FREEDOM. THANKS FOR WATCHING. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND
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PRODUCTION OF D. JAMES KENNEDY MINISTRIES




Comments
  1. Became aware of your ministry on In the Market with Janet Parshall. Thank you! I'll do what I can to help spread your ministry.

  2. Socialist here. Well, actually I should say that I would take a RBE (Resource Based Economy) over anything I have looked up so far, but … in the crapitalism vs Socialism vs Communism debate, I am a Socialist. I really suggest people go look up the different kinds of Socialism (yes, there are many different kinds too). Most people, like the poster and creators of this video, conflate state owned Socialism with community owned Socialism. Ill stop advocating for Socialism right now if anyone can point out to me a country that has failed, where the means of production, exchange, etc are or were owned and regulated, by the community as a whole.

    capitalism is unsustainable and I believe we have been witnessing its death throws getting more intense, ever since the crash of '08.

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