Racialism Masks Socialism
Focusing on past slavery and alleging current racism are weapons for installing socialism and enslaving us all.
September 16, 2022
Focusing on slavery and on race is a way to promote socialism .
Socialism can’t win on merits. It can’t ever seriously be debated as a functioning system. No examples work .
Its description, shared ownership of the means of production, doesn’t describe its reality, the control of a population by elites.
Socialism is desired by elites, so they need a sales pitch. So like when they try to sell voters on politicians who voters don’t want, elites pitch socialism by going negative against the alternatives.
To go negative on freedom, elites decry slavery, blaming past slavery on slavers’ supposedly free choices, and elites stoke more-general racialism. Caricature comes easy. Reality, though, is more nuanced.
Freedom has been building up for many centuries. Because freedom has a genuine history, freedom has a genuine past. In the past, freedom rose first among elites, and then among white men, and then among men, and then among women.
This spreading freedom at first still coexisted with slavery of blacks, then with deprivations of the rights of blacks, and finally, now, with terrible schools , and with racial quotas. Together, terrible schools and racial quotas set up many blacks to underperform the people of other races. This entrenches failure, and this in turn compounds longstanding grievances.
Racism is not the reason for these current problems with schools, and for the further destruction wrought through racial quotas. Attacking the wrong problem is wasteful. Also, wrongly impugning whites is loathsome.
But elites’ racialism is even worse than that. It’s chillingly ironic, and psychologically curious.
As noted from the start, through their racialism these elites are actually seeking socialism. Socialism takes away customers’ control of what producers produce . Socialism replaces this control by customers with control by elites, partly through governments directly and partly through government-crony organizations.
Customers lose control of what they buy with their money, which they earn in exchange for their time. Workers lose what control over what they produce using their time. Customers and workers spend this time controlled by elites. They are enslaved.
That’s right. Elites criticize free people for the slavery done by others, so elites can enslave us. Elites are modern-day slavers.
This psychological projection  by elites is curious. Elites’ actions would enslave us, but it’s hard to tell if their racialist attacks of us are conscious deflections from the fact that they would eagerly enslave us, are subconscious deflections from that fact, or are done in ignorance of that fact.
Elites tend to understand freedom so poorly that perhaps most don’t see that their utopia would be our enslavement. If so, then they’re not defensively projecting their ills on us. Instead, they’re idealistically hoping to bring us the best they can imagine.
Whether they do see or they don’t see, the enslavement they would bring on us would be incredibly brutal. When socialist regimes have been imposed on large but still-limited populations , their elites have killed hundreds of millions . If socialism would be imposed worldwide with no escape, its elites would kill even more.
The most-curious aspect may be this: How is it that so many Republican politicians fail to see their role in seeking to enslave their base and themselves? Socialism’s true believers, after all, have always been among the first killed .
In reality, most Republican politicians are not in fact true believers but simply are truly unprincipled. Their support of racialism is a visible mark of this for all to see.
Activists can do better. Media can do better. Voters can do better. Racialism is a trap, a Trojan horse, for ratcheting up socialism. Because of this, racialism’s potential victims are not just whites, and not just also blacks, but us all.
Across the broad sweep of history, freedom has always eventually kept increasing . Aberrant actions have proven to at times be self-sustaining, delaying freedom’s increase, but only for finite periods of time.
The big question is: During such times, how much more property will be taken, how much more liberty will be taken, and how many more bodies will be piled up?
James Anthony is the author of The Constitution Needs a Good Party and rConstitution Papers, publishes rConstitution.us, and has written in The Federalist, American Thinker, American Greatness, Mises Institute, and Foundation for Economic Education. Mr. Anthony is an experienced chemical engineer with a master’s in mechanical engineering.