Death, Taxes, false prophets who sell socialism as a panacea – these are the inevitabilities of human life. Regardless of the extent of the recent failure or the number of people chastened that the end of the story is near, socialism seems to keep coming back for more. There is no permanently learned lesson or argument won on earth. When night follows day, the most catastrophic ideas of the past come back to seduce and insinuate. Our era is not exempt from these rules. Is not an era. We are again accused of warding off the threat.
This time the wolf appeared in wolf clothing. As I write, the Democratic Party’s peak season is dominated by a man who by no means rejects the socialist label, but has proudly accepted it. And why shouldn’t he? In polls after polls, members of his democratic adoptive party have expressed more positive views of socialism than capitalism. Those who protest Bernie Sander’s rise have suggested that he stage an enemy takeover of the party. But unfortunately that is not entirely true. Bernie put forward his arguments and his arguments were well received. The Americans forget what they have learned.
Sanders could soon represent his case to the entire nation. And when he does National Review will be among those who stand up in response and say, “No! Not this time. Not the next time. Not ever, “This magazine was founded to resist collectivism of all kinds at home and abroad, and we will continue to do just that. Week after week, year after year, decade after decade, we are working to remind Americans of what is true and what is important to help them reject the timeless siren songs of unhindered statism and human perfection.
Last year we published a number of special editions in which we argued against socialism and in favor of free markets and individual freedom. At the National ReviewAs a tribute to our first editorial, we like to talk about “Stop screaming!” And yet we are not only against what Bernie Sanders and Co. want to impose on the nation; we are to the something infinitely better. The United States is in an enviable position to have the largest constitution and the most dynamic economy the world has ever seen. Sacrificing this blessing on the altar of socialism would be an act of enormous vandalism and incalculable ingratitude. America, as always, is humanity’s last great hope. It is a sacred obligation to protect it the way it was designed.
In the United States, we are now very focused on elections and personalities, not enough on ideas. If we want to survive, that has to change. At the National ReviewWe are fortunate to have a readership that cares deeply about our mission and has supported it for more than six decades. Today we ask for food again.
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