First let me clarify that this is about “real” socialism as found in the USSR, Cuba, China before its relaxation, and Venezuela.
it is not about democratic socialism, social democracy, the earliest followers of Christ in Acts, etc.
But the most devastating effect of socialism is not economic. Power corrupts human beings. People inevitably abuse and misuse it. Jesus insists that within the Christian community, the ones who want to be great must act as servants instead of wanting to be looked upon as stars. In the secular world, however, the only way to prevent such an abuse is to allow competing powers to coexist through a system of checks and balances. Checks and balances are totally absent in socialism. A centralized planned economy demands that power be solely placed in the hands of the government.
This creates an elite class at every level of society. Exerting power over others brings enormous pleasure and satisfaction to the ones who are in authority. The lure is strong. It’s almost impossible to give it up under any circumstance. In the course of protecting their power, these elites will often use intimidation, manipulation, fear and anxiety as tactics to ensure subjects’ total obedience.
interesting… I had always thought that bullies had risen to dictator, but the author suggests that the socialist system itself may feed those tendencies.