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The Professor: What is a Socialist?

A  fictional discourse between a political science Professor and his students.

“Who has the next question? Okay, Paul, you’re up.”

“You often refer to Progressives and Socialists. Is there a difference and what is a Socialist?”

“You all know this but I like to start with basics. The agenda or mission of both the Socialist and Progressive Parties is to own and control the ‘means of production.’  In their terms the ‘means of production’ includes all economic activity.  In their very attractive messaging that is what they talk about.  The average person thinks, “What’s so bad about that? I certainly don’t control any big businesses or factories. No one works for me. The big capitalists and bankers on Wall Street control everything now. If the Socialists want to take over it won’t affect my family. Maybe getting the profit at any costs people out of the loop will be a better deal for me. That doesn’t sound dangerous or even a big problem to me.”

“What the people are never told is that to control the entire network of ‘the means of production’ someone has to be in charge. In the case of the Socialist or Progressives, the someone in charge is the elite of the Socialist Party. What was a decentralized economic system subject to market influences and the decisions of thousands of relatively independent owners, managers and financiers is now highly centralized under the control of Socialist managers. These managers removed from close contact with the various production facilities must make decisions that set production goals, distribution of goods and services, research and development areas and budgets, the work place environment, the number and skills of the workers required throughout the production cycle, the cost of goods and export and import requirements.

“From a moral standpoint the socialist managers are no worse or better than the capitalists they replaced. The Socialists claimed they would make things better for the workers and their families. I believe the majority of them really try to improve living standards for the working class. What they soon discover is that a highly centralized system where one segment is integrated with several others requires a strict application of rules. These rules in turn require some form of enforced discipline and that is the problem. People, managers or workers, must obey the rules or the production goals of the 5 and 10 year plans will fail and people will suffer.

“Once you have  centralized management of the ‘means of production’ the required rules and laws to make it work take the choices people made out of their hands. What schools your children can go to, what they study, where they work  and live is determined by the Socialist elite group of managers. The essence of freedom is the ability of individuals to make their own choices, good or bad. When the drive to follow your own choices clashes with the need for the centralized economy to meet its goals, the individual must either accept the rules or be punished. Millions of people were killed in China and Russia for resisting government rules. Socialism does not lead to freedom. It always leads to coercion, totalitarianism  and economic ruin. Socialists and Progressives are the same thing. In America Progressivism sells better than Socialism.

 

 

 

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The Professor: The Senator Sessions Problem

A fictional discourse between a learned political science professor and his students.

“I know you are all very busy, but I want to get some of my critical thoughts out to you before we meet in the classroom. Also, I want to put them in writing before I forget them or they are overtaken by fast-moving events.

“You have heard me say I think the ‘rule of law’ is critical to the success of democratic governments. The current appointment of a Special Consul troubles me, for no crime has been identified. Congressional committees are investigating unsourced allegations that people associated with the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians. That is strange, for collusion is not a crime and does not appear in our legal code as a crime. What does that leave?

“In recent history, the Special or Independent Consuls were appointed to investigate a crime and that is what they did. Not necessarily the crime that led to their appointment, but one they found in their free-range probing. With the resources and time available to these extra-legal consuls, they were able to find some illegal activity to prosecute, even if the illegal activity was an untruth uttered under oath. Some might think the Special Consul created the crime in the process of their investigations. But, at least, in those cases they were investigating a crime.

“With no crime or even evidence of a possible crime, the Special Consul will begin by investigating people until a crime is found. A very strange process for a democracy that prides itself on adherence to the ‘rule of law.’

“Only dictatorships of the left or right investigate people to search for a crime. Through coercive interrogations, the Stalinists, Nazi and religious inquisitors always found or constructed a crime and severely punished the culprits. Mr. Mueller and his rapidly expanding staff are doing what? Since they have no crime yet, they are investigating people in search of crime that they will eventually construct so they can prosecute the people who are suspected of participating in some imaginary collusion with the Russians or some barely related activity. Shades of the Stalin Government.

“If Senator Sessions had not so unwisely recused himself for any matters involving Russian collusion, we would not have a Special Consul and certainly not one like Mr. Mueller, who, if he is so honorable and ethical, would not have taken the anti-democratic task of investigating people to find some prosecutable crime. In addition, a legal reading of the legislation authorizing the selection and appointment of a Special Consul shows Mr. Mueller to be ineligible for the position because of his long-term relationship with Mr. Comey. Apparently that disqualification did not concern the Deputy AG Mr. Rosenstein but surely it would not have been missed by Senator Sessions if he had been doing his job as a full-time Attorney-General.

“Why is President Trump concerned and angry with Senator Sessions and the Department of Justice? Very simple, he sees his family and promises to the American people threatened by the unconstrained freewheeling of a biased Special Consul investigating people looking for a crime they can prosecute and an Attorney-General is not overseeing a police state type of disregard of the American ‘rule of law.’”

 

 

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The Professor: Realities and Challenges in the Trump era

A fictional discourse between a learned political science professor and his students.

In little over a month, I’ll be seeing some of you in my honors seminar. For those of you who have other plans and commitments, I’ll continue to send you my thoughts and analysis of current events.

I believe this next class maybe the most important one I’ve ever taught. There is too much at stake for any American who loves this country to sit on the sidelines. The realities are fundamentally frightening. We have just come thru an extraordinary period of destructive national government policies. I’m not being a pessimist when I say, we cannot survive as free democratic nation unless we can recover from the results of the last ten or so years.

First the realities as I see them. The nation is deeply divided between the people who want the welfare promises of socialism and those who believe there is no individual freedom and prosperity under any form of socialism. In a cradle to grave government, there are very few individual choices. An absence of individual choice defines the absence of freedom. President Obama knowingly presided over a transformation process that would ultimately lead to a socialist government. A process that Hillary Clinton would have continued. Remember they both made no secret of the allegiance they paid to Mr. Saul Alinsky.

It was Mr. Alinsky, a brilliant revolutionary writer, who provided the intellectual under pinning to the Progressive movement, including the name. Mr. Alinsky stressed to his followers that the terms socialism and communism would not attract wide support in America and to use the term progressive instead. He also used the terms ‘leading from behind’ and ‘the issue is never the issue.’ I will cover the political takeover of the center/left Democratic Party by the Progressives. Today the Democratic Party of the American political scene is only a misleading name for the Progressives.

The Progressives do not accept that Donald J. Trump won the national election and is now their president. They are doing, and will do anything to bring down his Presidency before it can establish itself and bring America back. They are supported and, even led, by the national media, our higher educational institutions, and the entertainment world. The deluge of misinformation and lies from our once renown media outlets, is having an effect. Without the Presidents tweets, there would be no other broadly disseminated information source. I believe that is true but am still amazed by the weirdness of that statement.

Even though President Trump won the election and selected his cabinet and other government employees, his own Department of Justice, is at best, not engaged and at worst, actually hostile. How else can you explain the existence of a Special Consul when no crime has been identified and it is staffed and run by those openly opposed to the Trump Administration? How could this happen when the Attorney-General and his deputy were appointed by the President?

In my seminar, we will examine the past policies of President Obama and apply the America First principle to both domestic and international actions. Advanced warning, don’t sign up if you base your arguments on emotional beliefs. Just the facts, please.

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The Professor: Russia and Elections

A fictional discourse between a learned political science professor and his students.

I stress in my seminars that the modern political scientist or journalist must know how to think outside the box, have a solid understanding of history and, above all, a strong dose of logic and common sense. It seems there are very few who can check these three boxes. Look at the fervor over the alleged collusion of the Trump campaign with the Russians. According to the Progressive/Socialists, often referred to as Democrats, President Trump only won the national election because of Russian meddling in the election.

What the Progressive followers of Obama and Clinton don’t want to acknowledge and the Congressional Republicans are too timid and self-serving to say, is that the Russians have always meddled in elections, especially in the era of the Comintern organization of the Lenin/Stalin period. But the Russians have never tried to influence an election in favor of a capitalistic nationalist party. They have spent billions on hundreds of foreign political campaigns and elections to further the spread of communism and socialism.

Why would they try to help Trump when the Obama administration systematically weakened America’s military and economic power? Obama pulled missile defense systems out of eastern Europe, curtailed the American development of an ICBM defense, allowed Russia to put a strong military presence in the Middle East, including a naval base in the Mediterranean, refused Ukrainian requests for weapons to combat the Russian takeover of the Crimea and large parts of Ukraine and crippled the development and export of American oil and natural gas.

Candidate Trump made no secret of the fact, that he would rebuild America’s military and economic power. Hillary Clinton pledged to continue President Obama’s policies. The Russians are not dumb when it comes to advancing their national interests. Yes, the Russians can be counted on to meddle in elections in favor of their national interests. Candidate Trump’s campaign promises were and are not in Russia’s national interests. The only campaign and administration that have colluded with the Russians is that of the progressive regime of Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Today’s democratic/progressive messages are tied to the Alinsky strategy of using any and all issues to attack and destroy the opposition. Progressives may take any side of any issue as long as it furthers the progressive cause. Most of the national media is fully supporting progressive policies. Don’t look for truth or logic  in progressive messaging. They are not important. Sizing power is.

 

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The Professor: Trump and a Progressive Coup

The following is a fictional account of the dialogue between a political science professor and the students of an honors seminar in an East Coast liberal arts college. 

Robert had just asked, “Is a coup possible in America?”

The Professor smiled and said, “Robert, that’s a very fundamental question. Especially because of the polarization we now have in America. Coups don’t have to be the result of armed conflict or widespread street violence. Remember most dramatic changes in the form and substance of government has occurred through the ballot box and not out of the barrels of guns.

“More correctly, most dramatic changes in the form of government are the result of several voting cycles. The journey to socialism, communism or fascism is an incremental process. Many years ago, I wrote a small book called “Stepping Stones to Tyranny” that explains the process of the gradual loss of choice and individual freedom. The successful socialist revolutionary will pose several issues to the public, none of which seem dramatic. National health care is a good example of a single, but critical first step. Each step results in an expansion of government and a corresponding reduction of  life choices available to individuals in a free society.

“The results of a recent move of a nation into a socialist economy, is Venezuela. The message of Socialism is a seductive one. Voters attracted by the benefits and class warfare rhetoric don’t see they are losing the power of choice or individual freedoms until it is too late. For the Socialist/Progressives to be successful they need a population that has been brought to the promise of ‘cradle to grave’ care over decades. We are close to that point in America, which is why I believe the Progressives have a real shot at establishing a one-party socialist government if they can get rid of the Trump Administration by any means.

“I don’t think there is much doubt that the Progressives/Liberals control our education system, especially in colleges and universities. They certainly have won over most of t national media. The Black and Hispanic voters favor Socialist candidates by wide margins and they have the highest birth rates in America. Illegal immigrants from South and Central America will vote for Progressive Candidates. Our largest population centers on both coasts vote for liberal candidates. Take away the Electoral College and go to a popular vote tally to determine winners and the Progressives could win the next national election. Among registered voters, those who voted twice for Obama, once for Hillary Clinton and today believe the election was stolen from her by the Russians are already in the Progressive/Socialist camp.

“Look how far the Progressives have come in pushing their anti-Trump agenda. They have caused the appointment of a Special Prosecutor, Mr. Mueller a former FBI Director, to investigate collusion between the Trump Administration and the Russians. This all without any evidence that any crime was committed. The Progressives have won a victory simply by keeping the anti-Trump media drum beating its mind-numbing tune. Play the big lie often enough and people will believe it. (A tactic out of the Nazi playbook.)

“The stay behind Obama followers, who have embedded themselves in the Trump Administration, are leaking real classified documents and making up others to damage the Trump Administration. Of all traitors that expose national secrets, leakers are the easiest to find. It is a huge stain on the record of the FBI and The Department of Justice (DOJ) that they are not even conducting a serious effort to find the leakers. Under the Obama Administration leaks made the President look good. Those leakers where never found either.

“The last barrier the Progressives must break through is the ‘rule of law. Unless Mr. Mueller can motivate the FBI and the DOJ to investigate and prosecute offenders, no matter who they are, this important safeguard of freedom will be gone and the Socialist will have won.

“Yes, Robert, I believe a coup in America is possible. Your generation may be the last hope we have of keeping a government consistent with individual liberty alive.”

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The Professor: Democratic Party and Class Warfare

The following is a fictional account of the dialogue between a political science professor and the students of an honors seminar in an east coast liberal arts college.

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The Professor liked to keep his class on their toes and ready to respond to any political issue. He stopped his pacing around the room and said, “I’m going to leave you for ten minutes. When I come back, I want one of you to present a Class question. Since it is a Class project you will all receive the same grade for the selection and presentation of the question.  I expect a question that will be relevant to our political environment and yet will be a ground-breaking issue for the next decade.”

Several hands shot up as the Professor smiled and left the room. He thought he would like to watch the dynamics of the Class as they worked on selecting a question but he knew if he stayed in the class, the actions around the conference table would adjust to his presence. A big part of his curriculum was to expose students to the give and take of peer groups in the decision-making process.

Returning to the room, The Professor paused outside the class room and listened at the door for a few seconds. He was surprised at the silence. They must have come to some agreement. Walking in and taking his seat at the table, he asked, “Okay. Who is the lucky presenter?”

Edward said, “I am.”

“May I assume that the question is yours?”

“It is one I’ve thought about for some time. But it really is a class question. Should I begin?”

“Yes.”

“The Republican Party has a fairly coherent message that resonated with Americans in the last election. Today the Democrats do not have a positive message, other than opposing President Trump on every issue. Yet the Democratic messaging routinely out performs that of the Republicans. Opinion leaders in the media, entertainment and education organizations seem to be taken with the Democratic Party’s message. Why is that?”

“That is a very good question and one that will be with us for at least the next decade. The question on the first level is easy to answer but difficult to explain in believable detail.

“The Democratic Party has been moving toward European style socialism for the last hundred years and probably longer. Their success is in their messaging. Their failure is in their inability to apply the socialist message to governing. But we are discussing the messaging today. The message when stripped to basics is one of class warfare. The promise is for a redistribution of wealth.

“Material wealth always seems to end up in the hands of a minority, leaving the majority to struggle for what’s left. The message of Democrats/Progressives to the majority who are not wealthy is to set them against the minority who they believe have more than they should have. The message of the Progressives is not to create more wealth or to improve social and economic mobility. Instead it is ‘you must take wealth from the minority who hold it by very high taxation rates, economic regulations, death taxes and heavy taxes on businesses. This Progressive message is very adaptable to slogans. Remember President Obama’s class warfare sound bites: level the playing field; give everyone a fair shake; the rich need to pay their fair share; transform America by redistributing wealth among individuals and nations; and protect the middle class.

“Don’t think the progressive message of the Democratic Party is too simple to be effective. It is not. When hope is vague and distant, the class warfare message is very effective and will thrive in a failing economy.”

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The Professor and Saving the Democrats

 

“Are you all ready for the summer break? Next year you will all be sophomores. I am very pleased with this class. Because of you, I have agreed to teach this honors class for two more years. If you can put up with me, we will have more time together. Starting with Paul, please go around the table and tell us very concisely what you plan to do for the summer and what are you planning to do after graduation.”

In less than ten minutes everyone had responded to the Professor’s request. The Professor leaned back in his chair and said, “All your responses are worth more comments but with the time available, I’m going to focus on Carlos’s statement. Carlos, you said you wanted to work within the Democratic Party organization after graduation. Why did you pick that as a career choice?”

“My family and all our friends have always been Democrats. No one in the family can even remember anyone in the joint family who joined the Republican Party. When we needed something, or had a complaint, we always took it to our Democratic party contact. I grew up in a small town in Western Pennsylvania. My grandparents on both sides worked in the mills or mines. They were all union members. They would tell us stories of how tough life had been when the Republican Party was dominant and cautioned us to never let them takeover political power again.”

The Professor said, “Yes. I’m old enough to know how things were then. The base of both political parties often goes back for several generations. This last election I think is the beginning of new political alliances. The Republicans running on a populist and nationalist platform made serious inroads into working class communities. The political map today is very different.”

“Professor,” Carlos asked, “Will you give me some advice in getting started?”

“I assume you goal is to bring the Democratic Party back to its traditional place of power with working class citizens. To begin you must understand what caused this sudden and dramatic change. The Democratic Party of your parents and grandparents was the voice of the working people. It was a center and slightly left of center party. With exception of the intellectuals in the party, the rank and file were definitely not socialists and were not apologists for American power and uniqueness. Under Barack Obama and the Progressives, the Democratic Party swung rapidly to become the very left-wing of the American political world.

“During his eight years in power, the Progressives took over the party with a strong socialist and internationalist ideology. The welfare of the working-class families was ignored in favor of destroying the opposition political party and America’s economic and military power. The Progressives knowingly turned away from American working and middle-class traditions and heritage in favor of socialist principles.

“They did this very abruptly and successfully. Their globalization priorities overrode America first responsibilities. Jobs, decent pay with good working conditions and benefits were no longer the top priority. Control of the media and education using class warfare rhetoric to replace the traditional working class goals of improving the status of the family via education and hard work. Every parent wanted life to be better for their children than it was for them. If you look at the leaders of the Democratic Party today, it will show a clear dramatic move to the left. One of the heroes of the party today is a declared Socialist who is not even registered as a Democrat. It will be a long way back and that journey is not for the faint hearted.

“Carlos, my advice is to begin working this summer as a low-level party volunteer in a role that gives you daily contact with people and party officials. Watch, learn and do not offer much advice to your superiors. Keep good notes, make numerous contacts, pick a catchy subject and use your writing and analytic skills to get published. Once you have established your credibility you can move up the party ladder at the next opportunity. Take advantage of every speaking opportunity. Get comfortable with yourself. You have chosen a hard and nearly thankless path. But it needs done. I don’t think you or anyone will be able to bring the Democratic Party back to the point your parents will recognize it, but you may be part of the task of saving what can be saved to form the foundation of a new party.”

 

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