Nicaragua Perfectly Exemplifies How Socialism Can Only be Maintained by Force
Perhaps the greatest quote in history on the true nature of socialism was offered by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who observed that, “the problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” For purposes of style we might paraphrase it as: “socialism is a great idea, until you run out of other people’s money to spend.”
The past century and a half have clearly demonstrated that people do not want socialism. They will, in fact, risk their very lives to flee it. As Europe lay in ruins in the waning days of World War II, and Great Britain, the United States, and the Soviet Union carved up their spheres of influence, half of Europe was soon to fall under the onerous dominion of Soviet Communism.
It soon became readily apparent that those in Eastern Europe, suffering under the yoke of a completely failed ideology, got the raw end of the deal. As massive flows of people sought to live in liberty, as opposed to tyranny, the Iron Curtain was established: barbed wire, walls, machine gun turrets, observation posts, all to prevent people from escaping socialism to live in free-market economies.
Nothing was a greater example of this than the Berlin Wall, which from 1961 to 1989, divided the city into western and eastern halves. While the East German authorities, puppets for Soviet Communists, sought to portray the wall as a means to prevent ideological infiltration from the west, the reality was that it was a means to stop a massive emigration from east to west. Death was the penalty for defying the socialist authorities.
Now in Nicaragua, as well, death is the penalty for defying the socialist authorities. Daniel Ortega and his roving bands of pro-government paramilitaries, have killed 113, and injured well over a thousand. Ortega, a Sandinista revolutionary, who resumed power in the small Central American nation in 2007
Democrat socialism is a preposterous notion, as ridiculous as proposing “compassionate Nazism” or “moderate totalitarianism.” It is an ideology that has been, is now, and will always be, implemented via the end of a barrel of a gun.
Every Communist knows this, and every socialist knows this. And of course, one of the greatest socialist leaders of all time, Mao Zedong, was fond to pronounce upon the subject: “Every Communist must grasp the truth. Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”
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