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Bush, the anti-Marx.
In 1848, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels published The Communist Manifesto, one of the more influential publications throughout history. The above copy was printed in 1973 and has seen more than one generation of use.
One of the core philosophies of WILLisms.com is that of anti-Marxism. Communism was responsible for more misery, suffering, and death, than any other ideology in the 20th century.
But socialism is more than a poor political and economic system merely in practice, it is destructive in its very theory. Often, otherwise reasonable individuals fall into the trap of arguing, "well, socialism is great in theory, but it just can't work in the real world because of x, y, or z."
Avowed Marxists typically substitute concepts like "greed," "corporations," and "racism" for x, y, and z, or they claim that Lenin or Stalin or some other administrator just didn't implement Marx's vision correctly. Someone such as Leon Trotsky, they say, could have guided the Communist ship to the land of wonderfulness and harmony.
They are wrong.
WILLisms.com understands that socialism not only produced and perpetuated great evil in its tangible, earthly form, the theory itself is flawed beyond repair. Unfortunately, despite the spectacularly rapid fall of the Soviet Union more than a decade ago, socialism lingers. Marxism remains a prevailing (and often dominant and relatively unchallenged) philosophy today in many universities, union halls, political party headquarters, government buildings, media institutions, and other centers of power around the world.
One important basic tenet of socialism is inevitability: that events in history are inevitable; that class-based exploitation and class warfare are inevitable; and that the eventual rise of the proletariat is inevitable. "The history of all hitherto existing society," the Communist Manifesto begins, "is the history of class struggles."
In his Second Inaugural address, President Bush took a subtle but clear jab at Marx's view of history.
"There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment, and expose the pretensions of tyrants, and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant, and that is the force of human freedom."
The President believes in the transformational power of liberty, rather than the temporary dictatorship of the proletariat.
"We go forward with complete confidence in the eventual triumph of freedom. Not because history runs on the wheels of inevitability; it is human choices that move events. Not because we consider ourselves a chosen nation; God moves and chooses as He wills. We have confidence because freedom is the permanent hope of mankind, the hunger in dark places, the longing of the soul. When our Founders declared a new order of the ages; when soldiers died in wave upon wave for a union based on liberty; when citizens marched in peaceful outrage under the banner 'Freedom Now' - they were acting on an ancient hope that is meant to be fulfilled. History has an ebb and flow of justice, but history also has a visible direction, set by liberty and the Author of Liberty."
The speech clearly articulated that history is not inevitable; our actions (or inaction) today will lead directly to the consequences of the next generation. Mankind's ancient desire for freedom, not class warfare, is the driving force of history, according to President Bush.
In 2005 and beyond, America has a unique opportunity to advance freedom around the world, to burn the Marxist shroud of inevitability and replace it with hope and liberty. Marxism, when dealing with a region like the Middle East, asserts that trying to affect change is hopeless; afterall, history is inevitable. Nations such as France adhere to this pessimistic view of the world.
President George W. Bush argues that the 21st century is liberty's century, but only if the United States acts to fulfill its solemn duty as the greatest force for good in the world.
"America, in this young century, proclaims liberty throughout all the world, and to all the inhabitants thereof. Renewed in our strength - tested, but not weary - we are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom."
President Bush is revolutionary in many ways. His anti-Marxism is clear and succinct. His optimism is transforming the world for the better, and his trust in the American people will lead to a greater opportunity for all in an "Ownership Society."
WILLisms.com supports president Bush in his vision for spreading liberty abroad, and expanding opportunity domestically. Expect more on these ideas in the days and weeks to come.
Posted by Will Franklin · 20 January 2005 04:42 PM
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